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Butterfly Bonanza (and more) at the Science Mill

The Science Mill in Johnson City hosts Butterfly Bonanza (+ Bats & Bees) on Saturday, April 24. Courtesy photo

If you’re feeling that spring itch to explore outdoors, you’re not alone. Pollinators are all a-buzz, too! Learn why these friendly flyers are crucial to local ecosystems at the Science Mill's Butterfly Bonanza (+ Bats & Bees) on April 24.

The Johnson City science, technology, engineering, and math museum event features up-close encounters and hands-on activities as well as a celebration of Earth Day (April 22).

The first 200 visitors will receive a live butterfly to release in the Science Mill’s outdoor Butterfly Garden. Other activities include visiting a demonstration beehive with a presentation by a master beekeeper, making take-home wildflower seed bombs, and watching "Flight of the Butterfly" in the movie theater.

Attendees can also get a “bat’s-eye view” of navigating with echolocation, examine real bat specimens with Michelle Camara from Southern Wildlife Rehab, and hear how the organization helped 6,000 injured bats after Winter Storm Uri. Talks are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the theater; space is limited due to social distancing.


Special activities are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Science Mill will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets online to help ensure space and provide contact-free entry. Admission includes all Butterfly Bonanza activities as well as 50-plus indoor and outdoor exhibits and a movie.

Admission is $11 per adult, $9.50 for ages 3-18, $9 for seniors, $5.50 for military, and free for ages 2 and younger. Science Mill members get in free.

The Science Mill is located at 101 S. Lady Bird Lane in Johnson City. Visit the website for more information and other upcoming events.

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