watch

Discover Desert Pronghorn

Discover Desert Pronghorn

listen

Greater Sage Grouse and Sparrows at Hart Mountain

Greater Sage Grouse and Sparrows at Hart Mountain

watch

Volunteer Accomplishment in Hart-Sheldon

Volunteer Accomplishment in Hart-Sheldon

2019 Wild Desert Calendars are here!

We're celebrating 15 years of stunning high desert photography with ONDA's 2019 Wild Desert Calendar! Your purchase supports high desert conservation.

Order yours today!

Devin Dahlgren

Best Bets for Fall

Where to go for all your fall needs - from aspen to apple pie.

Get suggestions

Renee Patrick

Defend Whychus-Deschutes

Whychus Creek and the Middle Deschutes River provide critical wildlife habitat and incredibly popular fishing and hiking opportunities for Central Oregonians. Ask your leaders in Congress to keep Whychus-Deschutes wild.

Write Them Now

Cregg Large

Make Your Comments Count

This fall, we'll need you to weigh in on how 5 million acres of souteastern Oregon public lands are managed.

Learn More

Devin Dahlgren   Website

High Desert Hootenanny

ONDA's annual conservation celebration is happening November 2 at the KEEN Garage in Portland.

Join us!

Barb Rumer

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

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

Katy McFadden

Gena Goodman-Campbell

Allison Crotty

Events and Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for an educational talk, a guided hike, or a casual social gathering? Want to plant trees or maintain trails? Check out ONDA’s event calendar! Our 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. 

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