High Desert Speaker Series

Curious about the High Desert?

ONDA’s High Desert Speaker Series Presenters Have Stories and Knowledge To Share

Do you know how many officially designated Wild and Scenic Rivers there are in eastern Oregon? Do you know the Ichiskhkiin word for salmon?

Attending Oregon Natural Desert Association’s High Desert Speaker Series is a great way to build your high desert knowledgeThis series of free lectures runs January through April with events held in both Portland and Bend, Oregon.

Registration is now open for the first events in this popular speaker series. Each talk is free and open to the public. Guests are asked to reserve their seats in advance, with registration opening one month prior to each event. Details and registration links for each event are available at https://onda.org/speakerseries/.

Learn about the sex lives of animals, the region’s cultural history, river-rafting and more through ONDA’s High Desert Speaker Series.


In 2018, this popular speaker series features a wide range topics related to the high desert — restoration, conservation advocacy, the reproductive strategies of plants and animals, the history of the Warm Springs Tribe, and rafting Wild and Scenic Rivers — all told by inspiring storytellers.

“These knowledgeable and adventurous folks are going to pique your curiosity about Oregon’s high desert,” said Brent Fenty, ONDA executive director, “and you’re going to want to learn more.”


All Bend series will be held at the 10 Barrel Brewing Company’s Eastside Banquet Room at 62950 Northeast 18th Street in Bend. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and talks start at 7 p.m.


All Portland series events will be held at the First Congregational Church at 1126 SW Park Avenue in downtown Portland. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and talks start at 7 p.m.