Critter Camp for Kids, This Summer at the National Butterfly Center

April 30 2013

(Mission, TX) Come to Critter Camp this summer, at the National Butterfly Center, in Mission, Texas! Young enthusiasts, ages 6 – 14, are invited to enjoy five weeks of outdoor adventure at this 100-acre preserve in the Lower Rio Grande Valley Wildlife Conservation Corridor, right down the road from Bentsen-RGV State Park. Creepy Crawlers, Plant for Success, Ready, Set, Track! and Survivor South Texas, are some of the themes we will explore in these engaging environmental education programs, with Project WILD-certified instructors.

“From juicy, horned caterpillars to tarantulas and Texas Indigoes, the NBC is home to a remarkable variety of insects, mammals and reptiles,” states Marianna Trevino Wright, executive director of the Center. “We are excited to share this remarkable place—and all its awesome inhabitants—with children in our community. We know their encounters with beautiful butterflies and birds, and creatures like the Unicorn Mantis, Spiny Lizard and Spike, our 100-pound tortoise, will increase their love of the natural world and ignite their passion for conservation!”

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National Butterfly Center Announces the North American Butterfly Photo Contest

(Mission, TX)  As part of the 18th Annual Texas Butterfly Festival, the National Butterfly Center has announced a very special addition: the North American Butterfly Photo Contest!  The contest is open to everyone in the United States, Canada and Mexico, and accepts digital photos of live, free-flying butterflies taken from October 1, 2012, to September 30, 2013. It’s easy to enter and an enjoyable pursuit; so pick your best shots from last fall and plan to take more through this summer, because your photo could be chosen in this juried competition.

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'Meet the Creatures' Earth Day Celebration at the National Butterfly Center

(Mission, TX) Meet the Creatures that make South Texas so colorful and wonderful at the National Butterfly Center's Earth Day celebration, Saturday, April 20, from 10 AM – 2 PM.

"In addition to butterflies and birds, the NBC is home to an abundance of animals," states Marianna Trevino-Wright, Executive Director. "Earth Day is the perfect day for everyone to Come see why we say: You never know what you'll see at the NBC!"

From tarantulas and horned toads, to Texas Indigoes and bobcats, a tremendous variety of insects, reptiles and mammals may be encountered in this 100 acre park, on any given day. For this reason, adults and children are invited to explore the gardens and hunt the Hackberry Trail, to discover the cool and creepy critters that inhabit this special section of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Wildlife Conservation Corridor.

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Texas Quilt Museum Announces Call for Entries in Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Works

(Georgetown, TX) The Texas Quilt Museum recently announced a national contest for original works titled, Butterflies and Their Beautiful Kin. Inspired by the mission and purpose of the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, this juried exhibition of contemporary quilts seeks to showcase the skill and creativity of talented textile artists across the country, while advancing a message of conservation.

Sandra SIDER, consulting curator of the Texas Quilt Museum explains, "When a friend shared American Butterflies magazine with me, I was surprised to learn there was a national organization committed to saving wild butterflies. I visited the National Butterfly Center's website, and was awestruck by the beautiful photos of butterflies, birds and other wildlife that inhabit this small preserve in deep South Texas. I marveled at how each creature is a work of art: colorful, unique and masterfully crafted, just like our quilts. That's when we knew what the theme of this year's call would be!"

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Project WILD Class to be Held at National Butterfly Center

(Mission, TX) The National Butterfly Center is hosting a Project WILD certification class Saturday, May 4, from 9AM – 3:30PM. This environmental education workshop, sponsored by Texas Parks & Wildlife, provides professional development and valuable resources for teachers and informal educators, with activities that may be integrated into the instruction of core academic subjects and adapted to all grade levels.

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