Utah students and educators across academic disciplines and organizations are working together to understand the wisdom of Pando Populus, the oldest and largest living organism on the planet. Connected by a single root system the quaking aspen spreads over a 100 acres in southern Utah.
High school students take Road Trips to Pando to monitor its growth and better understand the eco-system that provides Pando with its long life. Its resilience and beauty inspires our commitment to Education with a Purpose!
We have created a network of collaborative efforts ranging from project-based learning initiatives to local partnerships: Western Aspen Alliance, Ogden School District's IB Program, and Stanford's REDlab for Design Thinking.
To honor Pando we have a campaign: Plant a Tree, Save the Earth - beginning every October 2 to October 16th (World Food Day) in solidarity with family farmers in Utah, India, China, and Africa.
Utah's State Tree: The Quaking Aspen, by Monroe Elementary
Paul Rogers, Director, Western Aspen Alliance Interview
State of Utah Natural Resources Division of Wildlife Resources
Tremblings Newsletter May 2015 (pdf)
Partnering to preserve and restore healthy aspen ecosystems
Utah Senator Ralph Okerlund from Monroe sits in with the fourth grade class and teachers from Monroe Elementary School February 10 at the State Capitol Building in Salt Lake City. The students took a field trip to participate in the Senate vote on Senate Bill 41 to change the state tree to the Quaking Aspen, a process in which the students have played an integral part.
Scientists Who Care About the Earth