This annual fundraiser will take place from 9am-12pm, paying homage to celebration, childhood wonder, the memory and presence of loved ones, fallen or deployed service members, new beginnings, and more. Guests may design their written wishes—as a personal keepsake, for public display or both--and prepare to receive their purchased butterflies for the 10 am release.
One butterfly ticket purchase per family includes admission to the Museum where visitors may enjoy the observation bee hive, butterfly displays, and other Museum exhibits. During the event, a variety of brunch-style refreshments will be available for ticket holders.
Wish Upon a ButterflyButterflies are limited. Guests may pre-purchase butterflies, each at a cost of $30 or 4 for $100, by calling the Museum and securing an order by credit card, or by mailing a check to: Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, Butterfly Release, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan, TX 77802. Guests may also purchase butterflies the day of the event if any remain available.
There will be a variety of fun activities for all ages throughout the event from 9 am -12 pm. The Texas A&M Garden Club will be present to distribute seeds, butterfly plants, and discuss butterfly gardening. The Master Naturalists, Texas A&M Entomology Society and the Texas A&M Honey Bee Lab will also have educational booths. Entertainment will include butterfly-themed activities and crafts. Guests who come to the event in a butterfly or caterpillar themed costume will receive a surprise gift.
Proceeds benefit the Museum and support free admission to the Museum for active-duty enlisted personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The guest who purchases the most butterflies may also choose to have a name of their choice engraved on a permanent butterfly plaque.