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Thank you for participating in the 23rd annual "Symbolic Monarch Butterfly Migration" with students from across North America. Over 20,000 students in the United States and Canada created symbolic butterflies this fall and sent 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. The postmark deadline this migration season is October 11, 2019.

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


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 between November 2018 and February 2019. You can search by school name or city to find your Class Ambassador.


Spring 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.


    Report to the Map

     1. Login (or Register for Journey North if you haven’t already done so).

    2. From the "Species or Event” menu select: “Symbolic Monarchs Received"

    3. On the next screen mark your own location on the map. In the right column, select the school from which you received a butterfly. Write a message for the kids.

    4. Submit your report. 

    5. View the map to see where you report went and how the map works.

     View the Map

    Green school icons show where participating schools are located. Click on your school. When somebody reports your butterfly you’ll see a link to their school and contact information. 


    Support the Symbolic Migration flyer

    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.

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