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Taylor Goforth, Sage Sustainers member

Taylor Goforth, Sage Sustainers member

“I support ONDA on a monthly basis as a way I can keep in touch with the root of my conservation ethic and allow for their strong advocacy work to keep going. I count on them!”

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Wildflower Poetry Reading

Wildflower Poetry Reading

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Sage-grouse Mating Dance

Sage-grouse Mating Dance

An Oregon Desert Trail Adventure

Whether you are interested in exploring for a few hours or going out for a month-long trek, careful planning will be key to a safe, enjoyable outing. These resources will help you navigate and conserve this beautiful landscape.

Plan a Trip

Bill Sullivan

See Your Photos in ONDA's Next Wild Desert Calendar

Do you have a beautiful photo from Steens Mountain, or a hike along the Deschutes River, or another favorite spot in the desert? Send it our way by June 12 and you just might see it in ONDA's next Wild Desert Calendar!

Get Ready to Submit

Jim Davis   Website

Is Desert Stewardship for You?

Independent stewards are critical players in restoring the high desert, and the work these volunteers complete across eastern Oregon informs all of our efforts to protect, defend, and restore the high desert.

Get Involved

David Hanson

Welcome to Oregon's High Desert

With natural beauty, abundant solitude, ample recreational opportunities, significant cultural touchstones, and a wide array of plants and wildlife, Oregon’s high desert is truly world-class. Even more remarkable, much of Oregon’s desert is public land, owned by all Americans equally.

Come, explore the desert alongside Oregon Natural Desert Association and see for yourself how unique and wild this place is.

Discover Oregon’s Desert

Central Oregon Backcountry

Visit Central Oregon

Greg Burke   Website

Greater Hart-Sheldon Region

Explore Hart-Sheldon

Greg Burke   Website

John Day River Basin

Discover John Day

Steve Roelof   Website

Owyhee Canyonlands

Explore the Owyhee

Mark Darnell

Steens Mountain Region

Visit Steens

Jim Davis   Website

Oregon Desert Trail

Trek the Oregon Desert Trail

Sage Brown   Website

Caring for the Desert We Love

Oregon Natural Desert Association encourages people to get to know the desert and to take steps to conserve these public lands. Our community defends public lands from threats, partners with public and private land managers to preserve natural values, encourages the exploration of wild places, and restores lands and waters to give desert creatures places in which to thrive.    

Our Approach

Land Acknowledgment

ONDA’s conservation work takes place on the traditional lands of the Northern Paiute, Wasco and Warm Springs people and on lands currently managed by the Burns Paiute Tribe and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Many Indigenous peoples live in Oregon’s high desert region today, including members of the Burns Paiute Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (Wasco, Warm Springs and Paiute), the Klamath Tribes (Klamath, Modoc and Yahooskin) and the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe.

The Voice of the Desert

With more than 10,000 members and supporters, ONDA is the only conservation organization dedicated exclusively to preserving Oregon’s high desert.

Our dream? We envision a high desert in Oregon where eight million acres of public lands are conserved to ensure that fish and wildlife thrive and wild places exist for all people to treasure and explore, now and always.

About Us

Jim Davis   Website

Katy McFadden

Gena Goodman-Campbell

Sage Brown   Website

Heidi Hagermeier

Events and Volunteer Opportunities

Looking to get to know this desert and this community better? Check out ONDA’s event calendar! Our events and stewardship trips have changed shape since 2020, but the same great learning opportunities remain. Sign up for our email updates to find out what’s coming up. 

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"Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from." - Terry Tempest Williams