We support environmental education programs that lead to a greater understanding, appreciation, and support of the challenge of monarch conservation. Our programs focus on engaging communities in conservation by providing training as eco-tour guides and in reforestation activities. Eco-tourism workshops combine indoor presentations and hands-on activities with outdoor field work to raise awareness about the importance of conserving the monarch overwintering sites. Participants learn basic monarch biology, including information on the part of the monarch life cycle that occurs in the United States and Canada, as well as skills that will help them become tour-guides and engage in monitoring activities.
Beyond the Mexico Book Project Completed!
This overwintering season, the Environmental Alliance of Georgia (EEA) completed their book project successfully! Along with the symbolic migration, Journey North’s Estela Romero visited 43 schools giving conservation lessons and books, reaching over1,400 students and teachers! Schools in all three major sanctuary areas including Cerro Pelón, El Rosario, Sierra Chincua, and La Mesa participated in the program. One of the principals expressed her gratitude saying it was “an honor to have you visit us for several years now. Your lessons on conservation awaken in our children a real feeling and interest in caring about the conservation of our own natural surroundings. Your books are so wonderful and beautiful. They are excellent material on which we can base our lessons and activities.” And the kids said it too: “The butterflies are like a blanket keeping us warm! They are like the “big wall” of China protecting us! They regulate the climate! They call the rain!” We agree with the kids and are glad to have funded this project which will help raise awareness of the importance of the butterflies, the forests and conservation!
Kids at La Patria Elementary School during the lessons