The National Butterfly Center is a unique oasis in the heart of sunny, welcoming Texas in the southern United States. This is a conservation project by the North American Butterfly Association, whose sole mission is researching and protecting wild butterflies. For this purpose, the 100-acre natural forest is filled with over 200 colorful species of butterflies, from the beautiful Pipevine Swallowtail to the blood-red Julia Heliconian to the striped Zebra Cross-streak to the classic Monarch butterfly. The preserve also has many species of birds and other wildlife, in order to create a natural experience for the resident butterflies. For an even richer experience, visit in the fall to enjoy the spectacle of the Texas Butterfly Festival.