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Estela Romero
Thank you for participating in the 24th annual "Symbolic Monarch Butterfly Migration" with students from across North America. Over 28,000 students in the United States and Canada will created symbolic butterflies this fall and sent them to Mexico for the winter. Near the monarch sanctuaries in Mexico, children will protect the butterflies and send them north in the spring. The symbolic butterflies build bridges of communication between students in Mexico, the United States, and Canada. United by the monarch butterfly, children across North America learn authentic lessons of conservation, cooperation, and ambassadorship. The postmark deadline this migration season was October 11, 2019.

Check back in August 2020 for the details on next season's Symbolic Migration. The postmark deadline will be October 9, 2020.

For reference, the TEACHER PACKET for the 2019-20 Symbolic Migration season.

Other printable documents:
Hello Friends/Hola Amigos note (1-page PDF)
Origami Butterfly Template (2-page Google Doc + 1-page folding instructions)
Monarch Butterfly Template 1 (2-page Google Doc)
Monarch Butterfly Template 2 (2-page Google Doc)

To cover the costs of this important educational project, participants must buy a $15 “Passenger Ticket” for each Class Ambassador Butterfly packet submitted. These funds will support school visits in Mexico to deliver butterflies and provide conservation education.  Purchases are made through our secure website at this link PASSENGER TICKET FORM with credit/debit cards (Discover, MasterCard or Visa) or mailed checks (USA banks only). A PayPal option is also available. Up to ten (10) classes can be accommodated in one transaction if the return mailing address is the same for all classes.

If you are planning to purchase multiple Passenger Tickets, whether they are for your own classes or for multiple teachers at your school, you will need to complete a MULTIPLE CLASS SPREADSHEET. We suggest that you complete this before you start the online PASSENGER TICKET FORM, save it to your computer for reference, then upload it to the Passenger Ticket Form in the designated section.

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Timeline 2019-2020

Before October 11, 2019

  •  Follow the directions in the Teacher's Packet and mail your Class Ambassador Butterfly and enclosures by the postmark deadline: Oct. 11, 2019.

 November 2019 - February 2020  Learn about the Monarch's winter home in Mexico

  • Read about your Class Ambassador Butterfly in Mexico! Use the search function at the top right of the page to locate your school or town. Check back weekly! Deliveries begin mid-November and are usually completed by late February.

 April 2020   Continue the Cycle of Friendship

  • Watch your mailbox! Clusters of life-sized butterflies and letters from Mexican students will be mailed in late March 2020. You should receive them in ample time for a Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) homecoming celebration.
  • VERY IMPORTANT: Report the arrival of individual life-sized butterflies by contacting teachers directly. Teacher’s emails should be on every life-sized butterfly.  Please make time for this important step! Children will be waiting to find out where their own butterflies landed.