The Symbolic Migration Project



The annual migration of millions of monarch butterflies across North America is among the world’s most spectacular natural events. Facing declines in both the eastern and western populations of monarchs, countries across North America are cooperating to protect this fragile species.

Through the Symbolic Migration Project, youth can also become active participants in monarch conservation. By participating in this project, educators can access lessons and activities that engage youth in monarch biology and conservation. Youth then decorate paper Symbolic Ambassador Monarch Butterflies that are then mailed and distributed to schools near the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Central Mexico. These symbolic butterflies build bridges of communication among participants in Mexico, the United States, and Canada. United by the monarch butterfly, youth celebrate and pledge to protect monarchs and their extraordinary migration.

While registration is now closed for the academic year (2022-2023) you can still follow along in news updates and Ms. Estela Romero’s blog posts. Ambassadors will still be delivered until the end of February 2023. 

The Symbolic Migration Project is a partnership project between Journey North, a program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, and Monarchs Across Georgia, a committee of The Environmental Education Alliance, a 501(c)(3) organization. Journey North manages the interactive Symbolic Migration Participant Map and hosts all educational materials on the Journey North website. Monarchs Across Georgia administers the program and is responsible for all fundraising.  

News Spring 2023

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