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Educating the Public

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Friends of Pando Workshops

Workshops form the core of our efforts to educate the public about the Pando. Since December 2019, we have delivered virtual workshops throughout the world to educate the public and create opportunities to act. If you would like to invite us for a talk, or allow us to help you host your own, click below to learn more. 

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Friends of Pando Website

As the world’s largest tree, Pando is the subject of countless international headlines every year and frequently cited in popular science books about trees. Although this activity promotes awareness about the tree, they often feature false or speculative claims about Pando that have no basis in science. The Friends of Pando website aims to provide an open information hub where the public and those who study and care for the tree can find up-to-date, science-backed information about the tree, share their experiences and learn about opportunities to take action.

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Pando Speaks! @iamthepandotree

In March of 2021, Pando become the largest tree on the internet with its own Twitter account. Working to serve in the void between traditional government communications and the slower pace of scientific publishing, @iamthepando tree will provide a regular feed of facts, images, insights and inspiration to those seeking a more social relationship with the tree. Follow Pando on Twitter.

 

Supporting Research & Preservation Efforts

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Pando Ambassador Program (May-Oct)

The Pando Ambassador Program is first-of-its-kind active field monitoring program to monitor and protect this natural wonder. Each may, Friends of Pando recruits, trains and supports a dedicated agent to undertake passive monitoring of the tree, work to repair and sustain protective fencing, capture data on utilization, and observe and document wildlife activity. Collecting this data on the tree is critical to the development of sound policies to ensure the tree can be enjoyed for generations to come.

Research and Monitoring Data

Friends of Pando has developed and oversees a variety of longitudinal research and monitoring programs. As a citizen-scientist led organization, we hope to spur the next generation research on the tree, using principles of open science making data freely available for study and enjoyment. Visit our Science page to review studies, maps, read interpreted data or download raw data sets to use in your projects.  

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Pando Photographic Survey

Today, we do not have a complete photographic inventory of Pando, a vital document needed to understand Pando’s overall health and serve as reference document to monitor changes in the tree for generations to come. In 2021, Friends of Pando began work to document the tree using high resolution 360 degree cameras, a document we will make freely available for study while providng ways to make the tree accessible to people who may not get to experience the tree otherwise.

Inspiring Stewardship

Kids for Pando

As we envision a future where Pando can be enjoyed for generations to come, in Fall of 2021 Friends of Pando launched Kids for Pando,  a program of educational workshops geared toward K-12 students that invites teachers, community leaders, students and their families to learn about the tree and take part in stewardship effort that not only raise awareness about Pando, but also inspire the next generation of scientists and land managers. 

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Pando Artist in Residency Program

In 2022, Friends of Pando established an artist-in-residency program, inviting storytellers, visual artists, documentary artists, multimedia artists and those working on emergent research and story telling methods to record the tree in all the seasons of its life, while living and working in the land Pando calls home.

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Pando : The World's Tree
A Virtual Land Art Experience

Pando’s enormous scale and remote location make it a challenging subject to document, comprehend and fully appreciate. In order to promote awareness about the tree and to help understand and physically experience the tree’s massive scale, Friends of Pando is working on a project to take Pando to the world by creating a unique land art exhibit where people can “walk through” Pando virtually while they learn about the tree.

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.

 

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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Just $14 a month supports work to ensure Pando can be enjoyed for generations to come. Make a one-time or, recurring tax deductible donation today.

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