watch

Wildflower Poetry Reading

Wildflower Poetry Reading

watch

The Land Between: The Greater Hart-Sheldon Region

The Land Between: The Greater Hart-Sheldon Region

listen

Greater Sage Grouse and Sparrows at Hart Mountain

Greater Sage Grouse and Sparrows at Hart Mountain

The High Desert Speaker Series Continues

Discover intriguing aspects of high desert science, culture and recreational opportunities in eastern Oregon.

Check It Out

Wendy Neal

Wild & Scenic Film Festival tickets on sale now!

Join ONDA October 5 in Bend for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Catch one of two First Friday screenings at the Tower Theatre.

Buy Tickets

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

Don't Lose Your Voice

Unfortunately, this administration wants to cut the public out of decisions about our public lands and environment. Learn more about the importance of the National Environmental Policy Act and why we need to keep it.

Keep NEPA

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