National Butterfly Center gears up for annual festival

The National Butterfly Center is gearing up for its annual butterfly festival set for this weekend and will kick things off with a free community day.

Aimed at welcoming the public to the National Butterfly Center, located at 3333 Butterfly Park in Mission, the Community Day is a free event that will run from 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

nbclogoThe free Community Day kicks off the three-day long 23rd annual Texas Butterfly Festival, according to NBC National Butterfly Outreach Coordinator Luciano Guerra.

“This is a way to get visitors who’ve always wanted to come here a chance to visit,” Guerra said, adding that admission fees to the center will be waived but donations will still be accepted Saturday. “The center is a beautiful place filled with several species of butterflies and we’re in a peak time to see them all.”

The Community Day will feature the second annual Monarch 5K Trail Run & 1-mile Walk around the center’s grounds. Anyone interested in the run can sign up at TexasButterflyFestival.com.

The 23rd Annual Texas Butterfly Festival provides attendees a remarkable and rewarding outdoor experience where they can explore renowned public lands and private properties with world-class trip leaders to see more than 60 species of butterflies in a day.

Last year, attendees from 23 states and four countries registered to experience one of the most biologically-diverse areas in North America, with the assistance of expert guides according to the website.

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