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Estela Romero
You’re invited to participate in the 23rd annual "Symbolic Monarch Butterfly Migration" with students from across North America. Over 60,000 students in the United States and Canada will create symbolic butterflies this fall and send them to Mexico for the winter. At 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. Join the celebration!

Download the TEACHER PACKET to learn how to participate. 
Note: The Symbolic Migration has moved to Georgia! Be sure to use the new address noted in the Teacher Packet. 
The postmark deadline this migration season is October 12, 2018.

 Support the Symbolic Migration flyer

Buy a PASSENGER TICKET to send your symbolic butterflies to Mexico.


Support the Symbolic Migration by making a DONATION. You can choose to sponsor a classroom or simply designate funds toward the continuation of this worthy project.


Questions? Contact us at [email protected].


The Symbolic Migration is a partnership project between the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, Journey North and Monarchs Across Georgia, a committee of The Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia.Journey North logo


Timeline 2018-2019

Before October 12, 2018
  • Mail your Symbolic Monarch by the postmark deadline: Oct. 12, 2018
  • Report to Fall Symbolic Migration map. Include picture of class butterfly:    

November 2018

Winter 2018-2019  Learn about the Monarch's winter home in Mexico

  • See Your Class Ambassador Butterfly in Mexico! Pictures of students receiving the ambassador butterflies in Mexico will be posted by February 18, 2019.

April 2019   Continue the Cycle of Friendship

  • Watch your mailbox! Ambassador butterflies will be mailed in late March 2019. You should receive them in ample time for a Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) homecoming celebration!
  • VERY IMPORTANT: Report the arrival of the butterflies to the Spring Symbolic Migration Map: Teachers, make time for this important step! Children will be waiting to find out where their own butterflies landed.