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Heard Wildlife Sanctuary, McKinney, Texas

Although “The Heard” is not officially in Fairview, it might as well be.  It’s in the McKinney city limits right across the street from Fairview on Country Club Rd.  It’s a fantastic learning place for kids and adults alike.

There are winding trails through 189 acres of pristine land and several different ecosystems.  You can walk through prairie, marsh land, and heavily wooded areas, each with their own identity and wildlife.  You’d never know it was located near two major thoroughfares, Central Expressway and SH 121.

The Heard is committed to the education of land preservation and wildlife education through camps and seminars.  I remember visiting it when I was in grade school and now I visit it at least a couple of times a year.  It’s a real treasure.

You have to keep a sharp eye out to find it.  The entrance is wedged between two housing developments and the only thing marking the Heard is a sign.  It’s worth the visit, especially if you have kids.