Events and Work Trips
Restoration Work Trips, Parties and Gatherings
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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.
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.
Take a guided hike along the Scout Camp Trail with geologist Dr. Daniele McKay.
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.
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!
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.
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. -
Oregon Natural Desert Association is proud to host the 2016 Desert Conference: Public Lands, Common Ground in Bend, OR.
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!
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.