Heard Wildlife Sanctuary:Wood Duck Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This comprehensive nature preserve is well worth the drive. The sanctuary offers a museum and a small zoo along with a wide variety of trails through wetlands, prairies, and forests. Educational markers identify plants and encourage conservation.
Bessie Heard was born in 1886, the eldest of five daughters of
one of Collin County’s founding families. She never married
but instead poured her energy into civic pursuits, including
establishing this museum and sanctuary in 1964. She died in
1988 at the age of 101. Miss Bess, as she was affectionately
known, was passionate about encouraging children’s love of
nature, and her legacy continues to grow with the facility’s
ever-expanding array of exhibits and events. Kids will love the 25,000-square-foot education center with its exhibits on dinosaurs, snakes, and geodes."