Great Basin Spadefoot Toads – a sleepy chorus

Great Basin Spadefoot Toads – a sleepy chorus


Wildflower Poetry Reading

Wildflower Poetry Reading


Bonnie Olin, 2017 Volunteer of the Year

Bonnie Olin, 2017 Volunteer of the Year

“If you spend enough time in the wild, it will change you. So it was for me in Oregon’s high desert, especially in the Owyhee Canyonlands.” To support ONDA, Bonnie says, is to strive to protect the very values of Oregon’s high desert that are critical to the human experience: quiet and connectedness with nature. “Oregon’s desert,” she says, “broadens your understanding of your relationship to all living things.”

Ten Springtime Adventures

Find trip ideas for paddlers, bikers, hikers and birders on our blog.

Get Outside

Renee Patrick

Weigh In on Your Lands

Get the inside scoop on resource management plans and the key conservation issues they address.

Learn more

Devin Dahlgren   Website

Submit your photos to the
2019 Wild Desert Calendar

Use your talent and creativity to support high desert conservation. Submit your photos by June 8, 2018.

Hit us with your best shot

James Parsons   Website

High Desert Speaker Series

Get to know Oregon's high desert as knowledgeable experts present on an intriguing aspect of the region's science, culture, and recreational opportunities. Events held in both Bend and Portland.

Learn More

Jim Davis

Explore the Oregon Desert Trail

Choose your own adventure on this route connecting the highlights of the high desert.


Birding at Malheur

Get in touch with the rhythms of the natural world. Check out our blog for our guide to taking in the spring bird migration at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Go to the Guide

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

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? Want to plant trees or maintain trails? We have you covered! 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.

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