Great Basin Spadefoot Toads – a sleepy chorus

Great Basin Spadefoot Toads – a sleepy chorus


The Last Darkness

The Last Darkness


Chad Brown on Fly Fishing

Chad Brown on Fly Fishing

River Democracy Act

Oregon’s senators just announced the largest Wild and Scenic Rivers effort in our nation's history. You put desert rivers on their map. Now, show your appreciation for river action.

Say Thanks

Sean Bagshaw   Website

Explore Greater Hart-Sheldon

Anchored by two of the largest wildlife refuges in the lower 48, the Greater Hart-Sheldon encompasses several million acres of large, unbroken sagebrush habitats. Ready to dive in and explore?

Dive In

Jim Davis

High Desert Speaker Series

Learn about science, culture, recreation from knowledgeable, passionate presenters. Registration is now open.

See Who's Speaking

Jim Davis

Winter Wildlife Watching

Winter may seem like a harsh time to live outdoors, but you can see a wide array of desert inhabitants safely this season! Learn about species you might find and where to watch for them.

Spot Species this Season

Devlin Holloway

Unique Ways to Give

Your gifts directly support desert conservation! But do you know about all of the ways you can donate? Learn more about options that you might not have considered just yet.

Explore Your Options

Brad Goldpaint

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