EXPEDITION: Pando, July 2019

This year, we’re continuing our tradition of visiting the largest living organism in the world and our namesake — with the idea of helping to save its life. Join us as we experience Pando like never before.

The 2017 ROADTRIP TO PANDO was organized as an on-location design blitz; the 2018 PILGRIMAGE TO PANDO was a pluralistic gathering of seekers.

This year, EXPEDITION: Pando will continue the tradition but in a smaller, simpler, and more hands-on way. We’re pitching tents rather than staying in cabins, doing some hands-on citizen preservation work, and laying a foundation for others downstream to enjoy Pando in this more relaxed way.

While we are there, we’ll be joined by Paul Rogers, Pando chief scientist, who will orient us to the forest and direct the preservation work we do.

We’ll also be creating documentation about Pando and the surrounding area that future visitors may use, including such practical details as how to get there, where to stay, what to bring, recreational activities, and information on Pando itself. All this will help people experience this beautiful place on their own.

Marc O’Brien, Design Strategist for Pando, is leading the adventure July 11-14 as a DIY outdoor experience. He is anticipating a small group of 8–10 people being involved.

Read more about why Marc is making the trek and learn how you can take part.

Expedition: Pando Details

  • Arrive in Pando on July 11.
  • Pack up on July 14.
  • You are responsible for your own travel, food, drinks, expenses.
  • Pando Populus will provide dinner on the last night
  • Be sure you are able to do physical work.

Previous trips

ROADTRIP TO PANDO, 2017
Journey with designers, philosophers, scientists, and others to the site of the largest living thing on Earth with the intent of saving its life.

PILGRIMAGE TO PANDO, 2018
Spiritual seekers of every kind travel to the little known but sacred site of Pando, the one-tree forest.

Learn more about the Pando forest

Watch Paul Rogers talk about the importance of Pando, the threat it’s facing, and ways to save it.

Make a Difference!

Contributions are needed to document the experience for downstream visitors, with educational outreach materials that will make their visits more meaningful.

Our “open-source” approach to content makes rich resources available to the public.

Donations will support:

  • A clearinghouse of content on the Pando Populus website with:
    critical information about the Pando forest
    area information
    local activities
    travel and lodging
  • Annotated map
  • Educational resources

Numerous small contributions can collectively help us reach our budget target of $3,000: