Nestled in a beautiful bottomland hardwood forest, the Heard Ropes Course offers unique opportunities to enjoy this beautiful, natural environment.

The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary’s Ropes Course offers an outdoor learning setting that is more than a recreational activity. Heard Ropes Course guests engage in a facilitated experience that focuses on team development.

The Heard Ropes Course presents a unique experience where individuals and groups come together to create more effective teams. These programs are also great for parties and families. These guided programs in the Heard’s forest canopy are as exhilarating as they are rewarding.

Heard Ropes Course participants encounter elements that encourage them to communicate, problem solve, and listen. Most importantly, participants are encouraged to push past their perceived limits and challenge themselves as they navigate through elements testing their balance, coordination, and more.

Nestled in a beautiful bottomland hardwood forest, the Heard Ropes Course offers unique opportunities to enjoy this beautiful, natural environment. High Ropes Elements require harnesses, helmets and safety ropes, all of which the Heard provides. High Ropes Elements combine the perception of risk, personal and group challenge-planning-teamwork, and the thrill of great accomplishments. High Ropes Elements typically take place about 24 feet in the air. 

Heard Ropes Course programs usually begin with team building “ground” activities, also known as low elements. These activities act as fun ice-breakers, designed to establish rapport and build team skills, trust and communication. Facilitators are trained to adapt the rules and content of each game to the age group and needs of the group. The Heard works to constantly offer new ground activities. These activities consist of three parts: set-up, challenge activity, and debriefing.

Our trained facilitators tailor each program, for groups of ten people or more, based upon your desired learning outcomes. Using both low and high elements to highlight best practices and meaningful subject matter, we create a learning environment that encourages personal and corporate growth. Heard Ropes is dedicated to providing exceptional learning experiences in a fun and engaging way to our community.

Individuals and small groups (comprised of nine or fewer persons) are welcome to participate in our pre-scheduled Zip Line Days and Adventure Days. Our next Zip Line Day will be held on July 20th.

To learn more about the Heard Ropes Course, to request a program for your group or to reserve your spot in a prescheduled Zip Line Day or Ropes Course Adventure Day, please visit

About Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and depends on volunteers, admissions, memberships, donations and grants to fulfill its mission to bring nature and people together. The Heard was founded in 1967 by Bessie Heard when she was 80 years old. Throughout her life, she witnessed the expansion of the Metroplex and foresaw the need to preserve a place where future generations could experience nature. Today, the Heard's mission is carried out through education, particularly of young people, which emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 1 Nature Place, McKinney, TX 75069. For more information, visit