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Getting Started
with Journey North

Here you'll find all you need to know
to launch Journey North in the classroom.

Overview of Journey North

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  • About Journey North >>
    Seasonal change is all around us. Children see it in the length of a day, in the appearance of a flower, in the flight of a butterfly. Journey North is a free internet-based program that explores the interrelated aspects of seasonal change. Also see Introductory Slideshow and Teaching Suggestions.
  • Free Registration >>
    Journey North is a free Internet-based program. Registration is required for anyone planning to submit reports.
  • How to Navigate the Journey North Site >>
    This page explains how to get around the site, to report sightings, find maps, teaching resources, and more.
  • Journey North Project Descriptions >>
    Learn about the different studies your class can participate in under each of these categories: Sunlight and the Seasons, Plants and the Seasons, Seasonal Migrations.
  • How to Report Your Sightings >>
    You can submit field observation any time--day or night. Just follow these step-by-step instructions. Try a "Practice Report." When it's time to send REAL data from your site--about migrating animals, blooming flowers, and other events--you will use the same system.
  • Year-at-a-Glance Timeline >>
    This Timeline shows which migrations and seasonal events are featured, and when updates about them are published.
  • Journey North's "Background Lessons" >>
    These are core lessons that can be used with any Journey North study. They are designed to lay the groundwork and/or reinforce central concepts for Journey North's study of migrations and seasonal change.
  • Planning Your Journey North Focus >>
    How many migrations or other projects should my class follow? Which ones are recommend for the grade level I teach? Be sure to read our recommendations.
  • "Journey North News" Updates >>
    Every week during the school year, "Journey North News" updates are published on this Web site and by e-mail. The updates are the core of Journey North. They include the latest migration maps and data, content written by scientists and other experts, classrooms lessons and activities, challenge questions, images, video clips, and audio files.
  • "Challenge Questions:" A Central Tool for Learning >>
    Challenge Questions are posed as part of all "Journey North News" updates. They are based on authentic data and are posed at key points throughout each season. They promote critical thinking and are central to students' work and learning.
  • Maps for Tracking Spring's Journey North >>
    Order your classroom maps early so you have them in time! Students can instead make their own maps and/or print and analyze the maps we include in Journey North News updates. Learn how to use Journey North's live maps.
  • Getting Help
    If you have technical questions, talk with someone from your school or district IT or computer support staff or review these Technical Tips on Journey North. You can also send questions to Journey North via our
    feedback form.

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