Heard Wildlife Sanctuary-Wood Duck Trail

McKinney, Texas 75069

Heard Wildlife Sanctuary-Wood Duck Trail

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"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."

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"This comprehensive nature preserve offers a museum and small zoo along with a wide variety of trails through wetlands, prairies, and forests, where educational markers identify plants and encourage conservation. A great resource for learning more about Texas ecosystems, the Heard provides many guided hikes and interactive exhibits. This trail includes the Heard’s Animals of the World Zoo as it winds through a grassy prairie into a wooded wetland and, eventually, onto a boardwalk overlooking a pond where turtles sun themselves on rocks and ducks dive for fish." Read more

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Trail Information

McKinney
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
3.5
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
March through May
Season
TOPO! Texas CD
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Dec 2018