High Desert Speaker Series
Bigger and Better in 2020

Sean Bagshaw

Each year, ONDA’s High Desert Speaker Series highlights the wildlife, geology, culture, history, recreation and other unique and worthy-of-protection elements of Oregon’s high desert. In 2019, we were amazed by the enthusiasm expressed for the series. Most events sold out in less than a day! We value providing informative and inspiring programming to as many community members as possible, so we took note and we have some exciting news about our 2020 High Desert Speaker Series in Bend.

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Aaron Tani, Sage Society Member

Aaron Tani, Sage Society Member

“It feels good to support ONDA on a monthly basis, because I know they never stop supporting our public lands. ONDA works to help make our lands a better place for the future, and I feel like I’m a part of that every month with my support.”

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Elisa Cheng, member since 2013

Elisa Cheng, member since 2013

“ONDA stewardship trips inspire me. I get to learn new things and see new places, and in the process perform important work that improves the wildlife habitat.”

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Mary McCord, ONDA Volunteer

Mary McCord, ONDA Volunteer

“I find enjoyment in the peaceful wide open spaces, geology, and rich history of Oregon’s high desert,” says Mary. Reflecting on volunteering, she continues, “If you have the ability and desire, it’s important to do something to contribute. It doesn’t have to be big, because every little bit helps.”

We heard you

In order to honor the feedback we received about the 2019 registration process, we have moved the 2020 Bend events to the Tower Theatre! This venue will allow many more community members to attend these events and learn about intriguing topics related to Oregon’s high desert, in a historic and beautiful theatre.

Save the date

Mark your Wild Desert Calendars for November 22 when tickets for all three events in the series will go on sale through the Tower website.

Our 2020 lineup features expert guidebook authors, naturalists and conservationists and it will cover Oregon’s high desert from its deepest canyon bottoms to the sky above. We’ll share more details about the events on that date, along with a link to purchase tickets.

ONDA members, keep your eyes peeled for a special heads-up email that will give you a chance to purchase tickets before the general public.

Changes also coming to Portland

Our companion High Desert Speaker Series in Portland will also return in 2020 to a new venue. Look for an announcement of the Portland lineup in December for our 4-part series of free events, which will be hosted at TaborSpace in SE Portland. This venue will allow for more supporters to attend our events and has easy transit access and free parking!


Thank you for your feedback and enthusiasm for the High Desert Speaker Series. We’re looking forward to learning more about Oregon’s incredible wild places with you in 2020. For more information about the High Desert Speaker Series in Bend and Portland, visit ONDA.org/speakerseries