These programs are held on the third Saturday of each month and cover a variety of subjects. Third Saturday Nature Talks are open to the public and are free with paid general admission or Heard Museum Membership. Many of these programs will have an outside component. Please dress appropriately. These talks begin at 9:30 a.m. unless otherwise listed.

February 16 - Backyard Bird Count at the Heard 

Gailon Brehm is a knowledgeable birder and the leader of many birding excursions.  Not only will he show us some ‘pretty birds’ but we will learn to identify them and record our sightings for a historical record.  Be prepared to spend some time outside.  Bring binoculars if you have them.

March 16 - The Front Yard

Learn about new native Texas plantings in the front area of the Heard Museum. Jessica Villarreal, the Heard’s horticulturist, will talk about her future plan for a mini prairie and what she hopes to accomplish in the shady areas.  This talk will offer a complete introduction to what all of us can do at our own homes.

April 20 - Wild Orchids Grow in Texas

Several species of orchids are found in Texas including some in the Dallas area.  Stephanie Varnum will describe these beautiful plants and give us some ideas as to where and when to find them.

May 18 - The Naturalist Hunter

Paul Napper will discuss education, wildlife conservation, ethics, economics and challenges facing today’s hunter.  He will also bring some educational materials such as an animal skull and discuss the preparation of same. 

June 15 - Prepare for a BioBlitz

Sam Kieschnick, an Urban Wildlife Biologist in Dallas/Fort Worth with Texas Parks and Wildlife, will teach us how to prepare for, do the search, and record the findings for an inventory on a specific site. We will use a mini site and go through the procedure. Come prepared to take photos and observe everything you may see on a certain site and then record your findings together. Some outside and inside time will be needed. Come prepared to have fun and work fast. 

July 20 - Earthquakes and Volcanoes 

Diane Brownlee will use the Magic Planet to show us where recent volcanoes have occurred and the results of earthquakes and tsunamis on the world around us. Come prepared with questions!

August 17 - The Endangered Species of Texas

Learn about endangered species that are native to Texas. Dave Powell will incorporate photos and updated reports of the endangered species of Texas (including mammals, birds, plants, insects, etc.) into his talk.  You may be surprised by some of the noted species.  He will also talk a bit about how we are helping these species to survive in a ‘peopled’ world.

September 21 - To be determined

October 19 - Art and the Natural World

Lynne Hubner, Heard Museum Curator, will share some ideas for creating natural pictures and some different ways of ‘preserving’ our native plants either for study or for pleasure. This will be a ‘hands-on’ class and very entertaining.

November 16 - Quarry Flower Farm 

Cynthia Alexander will discuss how to develop a cut-flower-farm and species that do well in our area.  She is a Master Naturalist and a member of the Specialty Cut Flower Growers.

December 21 - Winter Tree Walk

More dates and information coming soon!

Looking for additional informative talks? Please see the information about our seasonal Butterfly Talks or Second Saturday Bird Walks.