The Pando Photographic Survey

Documenting the world's largest tree
in immersive 360°


The Pando Photographic Survey is a first-of-its-kind document of Pando, the world’s largest tree. Made up of 47,000 branches that span across 106-acres (43 Hectares), Pando is the largest tree by weight at 13.2 Million pounds (5789 Tonnes) and  land mass combined, a tree that in a superlative category of its own in the world of trees. A recent discovery only confirmed in 2008, this effort documents Pando’s expanse for the first time, recording 8,542 locations of the tree’s expanse allowing anyone to study and explore Pando from anywhere in the world, year-round.

More than just a “picture of a tree”, the Pando Photographic Survey is a first-of-its-kind scientific record.  Rigorously developed in collaboration with Fishlake National Forest and Snow College, the Pando Photographic Survey is a baseline re-photography project; a photographic effort can be replicated on any scale to observe and study changes in the tree over time and, with high accuracy (2cm-3m in the 2-D plane [7in to 4ft volumetrically]). Gathered at the ground-level of the tree where satellites cannot reach, the project was developed using 8K, 360-degree cameras allowing scientists, land managers and the general public a way to study and the explore Pando, just as if they were there. An open-science project, anyone can download images, maps and data sets to interrogate image data, to use on their own research projects, or simply, to visit the tree anytime they like using a desktop computer, cell phone or, a VR headset. 

On March 28th, 2023, Friends of Pando began to publish data and a methods paper. Today, data for nearly 60% of Pando’s land mass has been published with work continuing behind the scenes to develop what stands to be one of the largest images of a tree ever gathered. If you are new to Pando, we suggest you visit the “Guide to All Things Pando Page” to familiarize yourself with this natural wonder. If you are a scientist or conservationist, we encourage you to review the Methods Page to understand quality controls and how you can replicate results in Pando, or adapt our models on your own conservation project. Lastly, if you are a tree lover, we encourage you to take a few minutes to Meet the Team and hear stories from 39 Pando lovers and their inspiration to help create this unique record of their favorite tree, Pando. 

Explore Pando in 360°

The Pando Photographic Survey allows anyone to explore Pando without the need for any special hardware or software.

For Desktop Users
  1. Click the “Play” on Viewer
  2. Click full screen box in top right
  3. Drag Your Mouse to move around in space
  4. Click next or previous image to advance
For Mobile Device Users
  1. Tap “Play” on Viewer
  2. Hit full screen box in top right
  3. Hold phone in hand and move your arm around in space, drag your finger on the screen to pan around
  4. Tap or Swipe next or previous image to advance
For VR Headset Users
  1. Click Play on Viewer
  2. Hit full screen box in top right
  3. Move head or body around in space or use hand controls to drag or pan around
  4. Click next or previous image to advance

First Connections: A Walk Around the World's Largest Tree, Pando

Here is a visual map area you just explored!

You can use the links below to explore the tree by section and route. In addition, each page also includes links to download data sets that you can mix and match for use in research, research planning or, your personal enjoyment.

Explore Pando by Section

Click any Section button below to explore that part of Pando and download data sets. 

Upper Pando exclosure
Section of Map of Pando to Explore Pando in 360°
33.91 Acres
Lower Pando exclosure
Section of Map of Lower Pando South emphasized
17.86 Acres
Lower Pando South
section map of lower pando south
16.31 Acres
Cabins section
Section of Map of Pando to Explore Pando in 360°
16.16 Acres
Dr. Creek Campground
Section of Map of Dr Creek Campground in color emphasized
9.78 Acres
Upper Pando Hill
upper pando hill area emphasized in color
6.27 Acres
Dr. Creek North
Dr. Creek North Section section of the Pando tree in color
1.42 Acres
as of 12/8/23
smaller view of pando area map with sections colored
  • 4,948 Locations
  • 107 Routes
  • Area Documented:
    52.18 Acres

Updates Ongoing

How We Did It

Methods and Foundational Data Sets

field crews
Methods Review

Th Pando Photographic Survey is a scientific document developed so that it can be replicated over time. Read how we created the record from mapping the tree to publication.

Download Data Models and Maps

The Pando Photographic Survey is an open science project that was developed to help promote research. Download foundational data sets including the methods report (PDF), shoot map (PDF), shapes files of the location waypoints, Pando Area Map, equipment lists and other resources to use the data on your project. 

Meet the Team

Field work on the Pando Photographic Survey began in early 2021 and continues through the present day. Over the course of the project, 39 people from across the United States took part in the field and behind the scenes. As Pando is a tree of “one” that self-replicates, we asked team members to take part in a fun portrait project. A clone portrait showing what it might be like if there were 47,000 of you…

Learn more about what inspired people to take part traveling from around the world to take part in their first-of-its kind effort to document the world’s largest tree…

Pando Photographic Survey FAQ

More than a picture of tree, the Pando Photographic Survey can…


Make Pando accessible to those who could not otherwise experience it


Preserve a record of Pando for the next generation of forest conservationists


Allow scientists to study the tree from anywhere in the world


be replicated to observe how the tree changes over time

Serve as a reference for this generation and generations to come


Allow remote study of Pando from anywhere in the world

For Media Professionals and Storytellers

Pando Photographic Survey Project Quick Facts

Made Possible Through the Support of:

Scientists from Snow College helped us develop the techniques needed to map the tree, and complete the photographic survey. They also acted as a fiscal sponsor for the initial project as well as providing students and staff to help complete the survey.
Lensrentals sponsorship allowed us complete the Pando Photographic Survey. We used their 360 cameras and gear to take a 360 photo of the tree every 7 meters creating the largest photo of a tree ever taken.
EJF Philanthropies has supported Friends of Pando's mission to protect, educate, and inspire stewardship of the Pando tree from our organization's inception and has been invaluable in helping us develop as an organization

Friends of Pando is dedicated and working to educate the public, support research and preservation efforts and inspire stewardship of Pando, the world’s largest tree.

Your gift of only $14 a month will help protect Pando for generations to come.

Make a one-time or, recurring tax deductible donation today.



Friends of Pando is a proud partner of Pando’s public land stewards, Fishlake National Forest of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture.

 Learn more about our partnership.

Friends of Pando and its partners are equal opportunity employers.

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Friends of Pando
PO Box 12
Richfield, UT, 84701
Phone: 435-633-1893
IRS EIN: 87-3958681