Julie Weikel on Wilderness

Julie Weikel on Wilderness


Chad Brown on Fly Fishing

Chad Brown on Fly Fishing


Sagegrouse Mating Dance

Sagegrouse Mating Dance

2018 Stewardship Trips
Registration now open

ONDA’s stewardship trips provide an incredible opportunity to help the wild lands and wildlife you love.

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Sage Brown   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.

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Jim Davis

8 Million
Acres of Wild

Oregon’s high desert is studded with spectacular public lands–Steens Mountain, the Oregon Badlands, the Deschutes River, the Owyhee Canyonlands, and more. ONDA protects, defends, and restores these wild places for the benefit of all.

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Devin Dahlgren   Website

You can protect public lands

In 2018, you can help build the movement for public lands by joining the Oregon Natural Desert Association’s Public Land Leaders network.

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Greg Burke   Website

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.

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? 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.

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