Exciting News for Journey North!
For 25 years, Annenberg Learner has been a proud partner and funder of Journey North. As a pioneer of online education – and one of the first online citizen science projects – Journey North has won several awards over the years, including a Webby Award honoring “the best of the internet” and the National Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Achievement Award, one of the most prestigious in the field.
When our trusted partner, Journey North founder Elizabeth Howard, announced she would be stepping down at the end of the year, we both felt strongly that we needed to find the ideal academic partner to sustain and grow the initiative. Through the search, together we identified the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum (UW).
We are excited to share that effective February 5, 2019, Journey North will transfer ownership to UW and be led by Dr. Karen Oberhauser. As the nation’s preeminent monarch butterfly scientist and a leader in national and international conservation efforts, Dr. Oberhauser is uniquely positioned to lead Journey North moving forward. She is co-chair of Monarch Joint Venture, which has more than 70 organizations under its umbrella and was recognized with the White House Champion for Change award for citizen science in 2013. We are confident Journey North will be in good hands.
Annenberg Learner remains committed to Journey North’s mission and will proudly support Journey North at UW-Madison Arboretum in the future. You will continue to be able to access the site through learner.org or at journeynorth.org. Share your experiences on social media with #ThankYouJourneyNorth.
Read more about the announcement on the University of Wisconsin-Madison website.