Symbolic Migration Registration Now Open!

August 14, 2023 by Team Journey North

Don't miss participating in the Symbolic Migration Project. The postmark deadline this year is October 20, 2023.

2023 - 2024

Symbolic Migration: Celebrating the 28th Year!

Participate in the 28th annual Symbolic Monarch Migration with youth from across North America. Families, home schools, nature centers, youth groups, and classrooms are welcome to participate.

This project helps to build bridges among students in Mexico, the U.S., and Canada. United by the wonder of monarch butterfly migration, participating youth across North America learn about cooperative conservation and ambassadorship. Participating youth also learn about monarch biology and phenology. 

Leader Packet

Read the 2023-24 LEADER PACKET for full details on how to participate. 

New this year: Printable Ambassador Templates. Five templates are available. Directions for using the templates are included in the Ambassador Templates Google Folder linked above.**


  • A registration fee must be paid by October 20, 2023, and the receipt must be included in the Ambassador butterfly packet. Registration is with Monarchs Across Georgia via their on-line registration system
  • Ambassador butterfly materials must be sent to Monarchs Across Georgia and be postmarked by October 20, 2023.

Questions? Contact Monarchs Across Georgia.

Journey North

Please also consider registering with Journey North to report your school as a Symbolic Migration Project participating school. Watch the Journey North Participant Map showcasing the international scope of this project. 

Journey North also has various educational resources to aid educators. Please refer to:

The Symbolic Monarch 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 nonprofit organization, the Environmental Education Alliance). Journey North manages the interactive Symbolic Monarch Migration Participant Maps and hosts educational materials on its website. Monarchs Across Georgia administers the project including coordinating the exchange of symbolic butterflies among 2000+ classrooms in three countries, engaging a contract worker to provide lessons and deliver materials in Mexico, and raising funds for the project’s continuation.