Texas Butterfly Festival Community Day

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Texas Butterfly Festival Community Day

Patrons walk along the butterfly gardens during the Texas Butterfly Festival.
Patrons walk along the butterfly gardens during the Texas Butterfly Festival.

On Nov. 2, the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas hosted its 24 annual Texas Butterfly Festival free community day. The National Butterfly Center is a non-profit organization geared towards butterfly conservation. The center has plenty of nature to explore throughout the 100-acre property, and more than 300 different butterfly species to catch sight of.

On this specific day of the festival, there were plenty of free activities to take part in.  You could listen in to “Butterfly U” educational talks and make your own Banana Brew to feed the butterflies. Patrons could also explore butterflies on the Hackberry Trail and pin the tail on the swallowtail. Kids had fun climbing on the “Hungry Caterpillar” tire playground.

Another great attraction to see at the center is Spike the African-Spurred Tortoise. He seems happy to call the National Butterfly Center his home while playing a part in education on tortoise conservation.

 

 

Hands-on interaction with monarch caterpillars at the Texas Butterfly Festival.
Hands-on interaction with monarch caterpillars at the Texas Butterfly Festival.

Kids view butterflies on a feeding log in the Hackberry Trail.
Kids view butterflies on a feeding log in the Hackberry Trail.

Bird watchers and kids explore the interworkings of a birds nests at the National Butterfly Center.
Bird watchers and kids explore the interworkings of a birds nests at the National Butterfly Center.

Patrons explore the National Butterfly Center.
Patrons explore the National Butterfly Center.

Students learn about and hold a snake on exhibit at the Texas Butterfly Festival.
Students learn about and hold a snake on exhibit at the Texas Butterfly Festival.

Thinker…Creator…Doer. Beth is passionate about life, learning, and all things creative. She has known from an early age that she had a love for journalism and media and spent her time in high school and college as part of the school yearbook, newspaper, and television station. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Texas Pan-American and immediately went on to earn her Master of Arts in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin. Beth has 15+ years working in all aspects of the media industry including: client services, graphic design, media creation for print, web, and television, and sales. Yet, she constantly strives to become more knowledgeable and accomplished within the field she loves. Aside from work, she has an active life she truly enjoys. With her husband, she owns her own business in which she uses her creativity to design and sell party printables as well as build, refinish, and paint wood items such as door hangers, decorations, and furniture. She also spends time with her family, husband, two daughters and sweet animals. A few of the things she loves… reading, purple, butterflies, the beach, chocolate, flowers, animals, good quotes, roller coasters and Chinese food.

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