2022 Stewardship Trips and Projects

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Young Horny Toad Lizard

Young Horny Toad Lizard

In the summer these lizards begin foraging for food as soon as their body temperature rises as the heat of the day increases. They feed on slow-moving, ground-dwelling insects. In the fall they hibernate by burying themselves in the sand.

Latin name: Phrysonoma platyrhinos

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Volunteer Accomplishment in Hart-Sheldon

Volunteer Accomplishment in Hart-Sheldon

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Cottonwood Canyon Riparian Soundscape

Cottonwood Canyon Riparian Soundscape

Ready to get out into the desert and give it some care?

Oregon Natural Desert Association would love to see you on one of the dozens of stewardship trips and independent stewardship projects that we host. With options ranging from weekday to weekend trips, single-day to multi-day trips, front country to backcountry trips and projects taking place all throughout Oregon’s high desert, we hope you find something that is just right for you among this variety of opportunities.

Here are a few items to note:

  • Some of our projects are available for registration now, and some will open for registration later in the year.
  • If there are openings that need to be filled, we will communicate those opportunities via our e-newsletter.
  • Should you need special accommodations to attend an ONDA group trip or independent project, please let us know. We want to provide everyone with the opportunity to spend some quality time in the desert, contributing to the restoration, conservation and stewardship work at ONDA.
  • ONDA trips and projects involve varying levels of physical activity. Trip difficulty is rated from 1 to 5 for each trip. You can find a description of what each of these levels means on our trip difficulty ratings page.
  • In order to safeguard the health of our employees and volunteers, their families, and the communities in which we live and work, ONDA requires full COVID-19 vaccination, including receipt of a COVID-19 booster shot, as a condition of participating in our group stewardship trips in 2022. Unvaccinated volunteers may participate in ONDA’s stewardship work through any of our independent stewardship projects. Review the full ONDA COVID 19 Policy on our FAQ page
  • Have questions? Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Central Oregon Region

Dates Difficulty Trip/Project Title Trip Leader Registration
Jan-Dec 2 Badlands Wilderness Recreation Monitoring Independent Open Now
Jan 13 3 Brothers Fence Trip #1 Beth Macinko Closed
Jan 21 3 Brothers Fence Trip #2 Beth Macinko Closed
Jan 22 3 Brothers Fence Trip #3 Beth Macinko Closed
Jan 25 3 Brothers Fence Trip #4 Beth Macinko Closed
Jan 26 3 Brothers Fence Trip #5 Beth Macinko Closed
Feb 25 1 Clarno Harvest #1 Beth Macinko Open Now
Feb 26 1 Clarno Harvest #2 Beth Macinko Open Now
March 2 1 Clarno Harvest #3 Jefferson Jacobs Open Now
March 12 2 Badlands Wilderness Stewardship #1 Beth Macinko Opens Feb 16
April 6 2 Badlands Wilderness Stewardship #2 Beth Macinko Opens Feb 16
April 8-11 3 South Fork Planting Stewardship Staff Opens Feb 16
May 7 2 Badlands Wilderness Stewardship #3 Beth Macinko Opens Feb 16
May 20-23 5 South Fork Fence Build #1 Jefferson Jacobs Opens Feb 16
Sept 19-22 5 South Fork Fence Build #2 Jefferson Jacobs Opens June 1
Sept 30-Oct 3 5 South Fork Fence Build #3 Jefferson Jacobs Opens June 1

John Day Region

Dates Difficulty Trip/Project Title Trip Leader Registration
April-Oct 3 Murderers Creek Riparian Monitoring Independent Opens Feb 16
May-Sept 4 Malheur Wild & Scenic River Monitoring Independent Opens Feb 16
May 9-12 2 Malheur NF Springs Fencing Project Beth Macinko Opens Feb 16
Oct 18-21 3 Ruby Creek Riparian Planting Beth Macinko Opens June 1
Oct 25-28 3 Beech Creek Planting Beth Macinko Opens June 1

Hart Sheldon Region

Dates Difficulty Trip/Project Title Trip Leader Registration
April-Oct 4 Beatys Butte Fenceline Monitoring Independent Opens Feb 16
May 13-17 3 Beatys Butte Fenceline Group Monitoring Trip Renee Patrick Opens Feb 16
June-Oct 4 ODT/Fremont Forest Recreation Monitoring Independent Opens Feb 16

Steens Mountain Region

Dates Difficulty Trip/Project Title Trip Leader Registration
Mar-Nov 1 Alvord Desert Monitoring Independent Opens Feb 16
June-Oct 4 Steens Mountain Wilderness Recreation Monitoring Independent Opens Feb 16
Sept 20-23 3 Group Trip TBD Renee Patrick Opens June 1
Oct 15-19 3 Group Trip TBD Renee Patrick Opens June 1

Owyhee Region

Dates Difficulty Trip/Project Title Trip Leader Registration
April 19-22 4 Denny Jones Ranch Restoration Beth Macinko Opens Feb 16
June 9-13 3 Trout Creek Group Monitoring Trip Renee Patrick Opens Feb 16

Throughout Eastern Oregon

Dates Difficulty Trip/Project Title Trip Leader Registration
Jan-Dec 1 Wildlife Monitoring Independent Open Now
April-Nov 5 Oregon Desert Trail Impact Monitoring Independent Opens Feb 16