8 Million
Acres of Wild

Oregon’s high desert is studded with spectacular public lands–Steens Mountain, the Oregon Badlands, the Deschutes River, the Owyhee Canyonlands, and more. ONDA protects, defends, and restores these wild places for the benefit of all.

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Devin Dahlgren   Website

Stand for Your Land

When you make your special year-end contribution today, you speak loudly and clearly for the conservation of Oregon’s high desert wildlands, waterways and wildlife.

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Working for
Wildlife

Oregon's high desert holds some of the most important Greater sage-grouse habitat in the country. You can help this noble bird to thrive.

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Michelle Alvarado   Website

2018 Wild Desert
Calendars In

Showcase the beauty of the high desert in your home and support important conservation work at the same time. Order your 2018 Wild Desert Calendar today.

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James Parsons   Website

Welcome to Oregon's High Desert

Yes, it’s uncommonly beautiful, but beauty is just the beginning of the desert’s charm. With 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

We are an inclusive community committed to conservation.

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

Sage Brown   Website

Allison Crotty

Katy McFadden

Sarah Graham

Sage Brown   Website

Gena Goodman-Campbell

Events and Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for an educational talk, a guided hike, or a casual social gathering? We have you covered! Want to plant trees or maintain trails? We have that, too. ONDA’s events and stewardship trips offer something for everyone. We add new events frequently, so sign up for our email updates to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the fun.

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” -Teddy Roosevelt