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Butterflies will fill the skies Saturday, July 26, 2014 in a mid-morning event, “Wish Upon a Butterfly” at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History in a series of public events building up to a coordinated release of live butterflies.

Butterflies will fill the skies Saturday, July 26, in a mid-morning event, “Wish Upon a Butterfly” at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History in a series of public events building up to a coordinated release of live butterflies.

The annual event will take place from 9am-11am, paying homage and well-wishes to celebration, childhood wonder, the memory and presence of loved ones; fallen or deployed service members, new beginnings and more. Following the light reception at check-in, guests will complete their written wishes as a personal keepsake or for public display and prepare to receive their butterfly(ies) for the 10am-release. During this time, guests will enjoy live music and free admission to the Museum’s exhibits including the observation bee hive and butterfly displays.

Butterflies will be released on the front lawn of the Museum at 10am. The guest who purchases the most butterflies will also receive the opportunity to have a name of their choice engraved on a permanent plaque at the Museum.

Butterflies are limited. Guests may now begin to pre-purchase as many butterflies as desired, each at a cost of $20, 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. Guests may purchase butterflies the day of the event if butterflies remain available. All proceeds benefit the Museum and will support free admission to the Museum for active-duty enlisted personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The Texas A&M Garden Club will be present to distribute seeds and discuss butterfly gardening. The Master Naturalists will also host a booth to educate guests on butterflies. Activities for children’s entertainment will be available.

 Museum admission will be free to Butterfly Release participants Saturday, July 26. For more information, visit www.brazosvalleymuseum.org.