0.2 miles, 1 hour or less
Texas encompasses 10 wildly divergent natural areas. The state’s Natural Regions form the basis for this small educational nature center and garden in the heart of Highland Village, Texas.
Texas is such a BIG State with some 267,399 square miles and stretches 773 miles from east to west and 860 miles from south to north. It is difficult for visitors and residents to fully experience the significant regional diversity available in Texas.
Texas has four natural geographic regions with widely differing physical characteristics: the Gulf Coastal Plains, the North Central Plains, the High Plains, and Mountains and Basins (Trans-Pecos). Each of these geographic areas can be subdivided into the smaller regions.
This is a self-guided tour of the Texas natural regions with living examples of the type of vegetation, terrain, and some of the creatures you may encounter on any trip in Texas! Look for migrating birds and butterflies that are attracted to the native plants from all the regions of Texas.
The Texas Our Heritage garden includes stops at 10 interpretative "Points of Interest" that describe each Texas eco-region. This guide includes those interpretive signs plus 11 additional multimedia videos available only in this guide to enhance your experience. Note that each zone has a post with an icon an number on the post for easy identification.
This tour, the Points of Interest, and the educational displays were created by Texas Master Naturalists - Elm Fork Chapter. The videos included in this self-guided tour contain unique informative clips from Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Information and artwork courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department © 2004
Photos and videos courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department © 2006
Information courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department © 2004
The Heritage Nature area is small but packed with information for the whole family. The "trail" is paved with plentiful seating to enjoy the nature around you. It is wheel chair accessible.
The TEXAS OUR HERITAGE garden is located at the Heritage Elementary School, 100 Barnett Boulevard, Highland Village, TX 75077 (469) 713-5985
It is recommended that you call the school.
Please stop at the school office for a visitor pass.
The nature center is free and open during the week.
Typical hours are 9-3 school days.
It is not open on weekends or school holidays. Be sure to go to the Heritage office first to sign in and obtain a visitor pass.
Be sure to see the changing educational displays on the walls and displays just inside the building. The displays provide enhanced educational information coordinated with the tour and gardens.
Be sure to bring your smartphone or GPS enabled iPad. You won't get lost if you don't have this EveryTrail guide, but the multimedia information is only available using your smartphone.
The 10 zones also offer Augmented Reality videos using Aurasma Lite. Download Aurasma Lite to your smartphone and then download the Heritage Channel.