Heard Wildlife Sanctuary-Wood Duck Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"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."