Journey North Engages Students in a Global Study
of Wildlife Migration and Seasonal Change

Who: Students Across North America
Journey North is the nation's premier citizen science program for children. Over 1,063,000 students at 53,000 sites are participating in the 2013/2014 Journey North program. These students are from all 50 U.S. States and 7 Canadian Provinces, Mexico and other nations.

What: Track Wildlife Migration and Spring's Journey North
The journeys of a dozen migratory species are tracked each spring. Students share their own field observations with classrooms across the Hemisphere. In addition, students are linked with scientists who provide their expertise directly to the classroom. Several migrations are tracked by satellite telemetry, providing live coverage of individual animals as they migrate. As the spring season sweeps across the Hemisphere, students note changes in daylight, temperatures and all living things as the food chain comes back to life. These observations set the stage for a deep understanding of the impact of a changing climate.

When: Every Spring
The Journey North program extends for four months each year, with live inter-active programming from February 2 until June 1. You can help collect data about a dozen different migrations and signs of spring beginning each February.

Spring is the focus of the Journey North program, but two migrations are also tracked in the fall—the monarch butterfly and the whooping crane. Students can also plant a tulip garden to prepare to announce spring's arrival; they can send a monarch butterfly to Mexico as part of the "Symbolic Migration." The full year's investigation of natural events and cycles helps teachers incorporate inquiry-based teaching and learning into the curriculum.

Journey North is a free online educational service, supported by Annenberg Media. Established in 1991 with a grant from the Annenberg Foundation, the Project uses media and communications to improve math and science education for the nation's 44 million school children. Journey North is supported as a model for math/science education reform.

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