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Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary: 6.5 miles of nature trails and over 289 acres

Summer camps begin the week of June 11th.

The Ring-tailed Lemurs are always popular with visitors because of their entertaining ways.

Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden opened for the season on Friday, June 1st.

If you're looking for a summer day trip, the folks at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary want you to consider making a trip north.

Less than 30 miles from Lake Highlands, the Heard Museum is located in McKinney and is comprised of 289 acres of pristine nature and exhibits, including over six miles of nature trails that wind through wetlands, bottomland forests, and upland prairies.

It's home to hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and plants.

The Heard's Native Texas Butterfly House and Garden opened for the season last Friday.

In addition to the butterfly house, indoor exhibits like the Animal Superheroes and the Living Lab are running all summer.

Outdoor exhibits include Animals of the World, where visitors can learn about Cora.

"Cora, a white-nosed coatimundi, was trapped by people who intended to breed her for the pet trade," says Stephanie Jennings, who handles marketing and communications for the Heard Museum.

"Her sharp teeth, long claws and lack of fear of humans make her a dangerous animal – she is definitely not pet material."

"These white-nosed coatimundis are an endangered species in the United States, and it's illegal to possess them. Cora was seized in a raid on an animal breeder in South Texas."

"While living there, she was kept in a very small cage. As a result, Cora still prefers a small space to the larger enclosure she has at the Heard."

The Heard also offers educational programs and summer camps beginning the next week and running through July.

Check out details about all the museum's current exhibits and visit the LH Today Facebook page for a chance to win a family four pack of tickets to the Heard.

The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 1 Nature Place in McKinney.

Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Adult admission is $9; Seniors & Children under 12 are $6; Members and children under 2 are free.

Visit the museum's website here or call 972.562.5566 for more information.

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