If you haven’t “heard” about it, you should make the trip! Okay that was corny, but I haven’t slept much lately. One of our family’s goals for this year was to get out into nature more often whether that be hiking, biking, swimming, etc. We discovered the Ft. Worth Nature Center and Preserve late last year and it has become one of our favorite go to places. There are multiple hiking trails from short to long, bison to see when it is warm, lots of water views and more and we find ourselves taking day trips there quite often. We were looking for something a little more adventurous when I caught wind of the Heard Museum and Nature Center in McKinney. They offer a lot of family weekend classes from nature hikes to canoeing and well quite honestly our family could probably and is probably on some YouTube channel with the funniest home video for people who cannot canoe. Long story short, the last time we went, we got stuck, I was laughing, hubby was red faced, the kiddo was scared of the water, the fishermen stopped fishing to laugh, and then…it rained on us. Sigh, it was uh, funny but not so much fun so when I saw they were offering a basic canoe class I signed us up. The nature center is much like the Ft. Worth one with just more classes. Our trip was perfect. After going over the basics (even the right size life vest debate) the canoeing part took place in a rather large smooth water pond. There aren’t many obstacles and the group sizes are small. There were 3 instructors who took 6 canoes each so it was very easy to hear and maneuver. We spent about an hour exploring the pond, learning about the eco-system and its inhabitants, the history of the land, what the volunteers do, etc. and then were given up to 2 hours to hang out on the water. We lasted about an hour after the guided tour because I didn’t think about bringing a lunch into the canoe but it was honestly a perfect amount of time. Highly recommended!