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Restoration Work Trips, Parties and Gatherings

People are at the heart of what we do. That's why we host a variety of events that build our community. From educational events, to social gatherings, fundraisers, calendar exhibitions and restoration work trips, there's something for everyone.

Browse through the complete listing of current events here. Or, if you are specifically interested in our volunteer work trips, be sure to check out the annual calendar and details HERE. We add events frequently so sign up for our Sagenet email updates to make sure you don't miss out on any of the fun.

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Fence Project

Difficulty Rating: 2 out of 5 September 29 (Thursday PM) to October 2 (Sunday AM) Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is a unique area that protects thousands of acres of globally critical habitat particularly for birds. This year we will be working with refuge staff to remove old fence near the historic P Ranch under the backdrop of Steens Mountain. Join us as we camp, hike, restore and explore this incredible wildlife refuge.

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High Desert Conservation History Hike (from PDX)

Take a guided hike along the lower John Day River with carpools leaving from Portland to learn more about the history of conservation in Oregon's high desert.

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Geology of Eastern Oregon with Oregon State University’s Dr. Daniele McKay

Take a guided hike along the Scout Camp Trail with geologist Dr. Daniele McKay.

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Riparian Planting on South Fork Crooked River (Fall)

Difficulty Rating: 3 of 5 October 6 (Thursday PM) to 9 (Sunday PM) Our fourth major trip in a series of new major riparian restoration efforts ONDA will be heading up on the South Fork of the Crooked River. A fantastic chance to make a huge impact on a privately owned, but open to the public conservation parcel immediately adjacent to the Wilderness Study Area. Planting work will occur all day Saturday, and perhaps Sunday Morning as well.

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Explore the Oregon Desert Trail by Boots, Bike or Boat

Join the Oregon Natural Desert Association and the Mountain Shop to learn about new opportunities to explore your public land on the 750 mile Oregon Desert Trail; on foot, by bike or packraft. Our adventure panelists will discuss the value of public lands and importance of proper gear to set out on your next Eastern Oregon exploration!

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Discover the Oregon Desert Trail

Do you need inspiration for that next backpacking trip? ONDA Trail Coordinator Renee Patrick will cover the basics of hitting the trail and share some new resources that will help in planning your next adventure in the high desert.

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Fence Pull and Build on South Fork Crooked River

Difficulty Rating 3 of 5 October 13 (Thursday PM) to 16 (Sunday AM) Sometimes fences are a good thing. Over the course of two days we will be dismantling and re-building a fence that will eventually protect almost a mile of river from cattle and feral horse grazing. No Fence work experience required. -

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2016 Desert Conference: Public Lands, Common Ground

Oregon Natural Desert Association is proud to host the 2016 Desert Conference: Public Lands, Common Ground in Bend, OR.

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2017 Wild Desert Calendar Release Party

Join the Oregon Natural Desert Association at Deschutes Brewery on First Friday, November 4th in downtown Bend for the release of our 2017 Wild Desert Calendar!

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Hart Mountain Mule Deer Survey

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 out of 5 For those volunteers who have been lucky enough to have joined us on the sage-grouse lek counts, this trip will be very similar. But instead of navigating to predetermined sites to watch and count birds, we will be covering a defined survey area looking for and counting mule deer in order to provide the USFWS a sex and age composition of the herd. This is a great opportunity to explore the Refuge during the quiet season and view and photograph mule deer and other wildlife.

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