Asked Questions (FAQs)
About the Symbolic Migration
I am new to the project and want to introduce my class to the concepts of the Symbolic Migration. Where do I start?
A. There are 3 introductory activities to do with your class to help them understand the Symbolic Migration. These activities are found in the Teachers section (see Menu bar at top of any page). Detailed instructions for making and sending your Symbolic Monarch and enclosures are found in the Teacher Packet.
If I am already registered, do I need to register seperately for the Symbolic
A. No! Once you have registered for Journey North, you are in our
database for ALL Journey North activities.
If not, go here to register for Journey North:
What is the timeline for this project?
A. For all information
about this project see the Timeline.
I am not a classroom teacher, can I participate in the Symbolic Migration?
A. Yes, many
organizations in addition to schools participate (examples include 4-H,
Scouts, homeschools, nature clubs and church groups).
What is a class butterfly?
A. Your class butterfly, made from a file folder, is like an embassador that will be traveling to Mexico this fall. The butterfly and its enclosures will represent your classroom in friendship and goodwill. It will be delivered to a child in a school near the monarch sanctuaries. In the spring your class butterfly will return to a classroom in the U.S or Canada.
What do I enclose with the class butterfly?
A. Your butterfly will carry a letter to the student in Mexico describing where your classroom is located. It will also hold 2 class pictures and an envelope containing a cluster of life-sized paper monarchs, one from each of your students. You may also include postcards and Spanish messages for the students in Mexico (within the weight limit).
Can we send a butterfly made out of recycled plastic and “found”
A. Your class butterfly must be made from a standard-sized file folder. It has no 3D decorations and no glitter.
What is the small, individual butterfly cluster?
A. Each student in your classroom will make a tiny, life-sized monarch to include inside your classroom butterfly. It will be no larger than a real monarch. A template is included in the Teacher Packet.
Why do you require typed rather than handwritten messages?
A. Handwriting, especially by children, can be impossible to read. This is
why typing is so important. A child in Mexico cannot not write back if
your address isn't clear and formatted correctly. They can't read your
message if it's not clearly written.
Why is it so important to write our messages in Spanish?
A. The children in the sanctuary region of Mexico speak Spanish.
Very few people speak English.
Why do we have to put our school mailing address on our butterfly?
A. Your class butterflies will be mixed with thousands of other butterflies. A clearly labeled butterfly gives you a chance to receive communication from others who receive your butterfly.
Where on the butterfly should our mailing addresses go?
A. Put your mailing address in a clear place. (Mailing labels work perfectly.)
Here's why: Mexican students may have an opportunity to write to you. Therefore, use the EXACT format needed to mail a letter, like
Town, State/Province, Zip/Postal Code
Do NOT write
your address in a single line or as part of a sentence or they will not
recognize it as an address.
Where do we send our butterfly?
ADDRESS FOR 2011:
19130 Highland Ave.
Wayzata, MN 55391
Is it OK to send FedEx?
I do not understand why we must have 10" x 13" envelopes for
A. Your butterfly A 10"X13" size envelope ensures your butterfly and its enclosures.
How much postage do we put on our Spring envelope?
Your Spring envelope will be mailed to you from Journey North headquarters
in Minnesota. ** Therefore, make sure it has
exactly $2.00 postage
(stamps only) affixed for the return trip from MN. Canadian
Mail: Choices are: $2.25 Canadian postage, $2.25 US postage,
or 3 International Reply Coupons (IRC)
Can we mail our butterfly directly to Mexico since we are going to miss
No, you cannot mail your butterfly directly to Mexico.
Please understand and respect our need to stick to the deadlines--it would
be impossible for us to manage this project otherwise. Every year we receive
several requests from individuals to accept their butterflies late. These
kinds of requests make it difficult to coordinate the project overall.
What will we receive in our Spring envelope?
A: You will receive a class butterfly made by students from the
US and Canada and a cluster of small butterflies from children involved with the program. You will also receive a Journey North newsletter.
Do we get our own butterfly back?
A: No. You will receive a butterfly made by students from the
US and Canada in the spring.
is the butterfly we received this spring made by students in the United
States and Canada?
A: This is intentional. The Symbolic Migration is parallel to the actual
migration. The monarchs begin their migration in the U.S. and Canada,
go to Mexico. In the Spring they return to all parts of North America.
What happens to the butterfly we send to Mexico?
A. Students in Mexico will receive and enjoy your butterfly
in their classroom this winter. In the spring the butterflies and enclosures are
randomly returned to the US and Canada. The spring newsletter
inserted with the butterflies will explain the process.
I'm trying to share the video you posted of the paper monarchs ariving for
the symbolic migration with my students. Can you help?
A. I believe you need to copy and paste the URL, and put that in your "Windows
- Open Windows
- Go to
"File -> Open URL"
the URL that you copied in the box.