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.
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.
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.
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.
We have select upcoming events highlighted below. See our full calendar for more.
The Wonders of Oregon’s High Desert
Eastern Oregon is home to dark night skies, hot springs, and spectacular geology. Take a photo tour of the wonders of Oregon’s high desert,...
Conservation Advocacy from the Beltway to Business
Our High Desert Speaker Series continues with a voice from the next generation of conservation leaders. Erin Gaines will join us to share stories...