2022 Stewardship Trips and Projects

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Oregon Desert Trail Map

Oregon Desert Trail Map

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Central Oregon’s “Backyard Wilderness”

Central Oregon’s “Backyard Wilderness”

Our quest to protect the Oregon Badlands

Located just 15 miles east of Bend, Oregon Badlands is a 30,000-acre wilderness area filled with fascinating lava flows and ancient juniper trees Arriving in the Badlands, so named for its rugged and harsh terrain, can feel like stepping

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Jane Heisler, Sage Sustainers Member

Jane Heisler, Sage Sustainers Member

I love to travel and I love the desert! Supporting ONDA monthly allows me to hit the road without forgetting Oregon’s high desert—even when I’m not there.

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.
  • Please be prepared to fill out the full registration form during each registration period (Winter, Spring, Fall). Because conditions can change rapidly due to the COVID-19 pandemic that could affect your emergency contact and medical information, our trip leaders need to have current information on file during the year in order to respond appropriately should any safety concerns arise.
  • 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
  • Dogs are not allowed on group stewardship trips, but you are welcome to bring your dog on independent projects.
  • Have questions? Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Central Oregon Region

Dates Difficulty Project Title Trip Leader Registration
Jan-Dec 2 Badlands Wilderness Recreation Monitoring Independent Open Now
January 13 3 Brothers Fence Trip #1 Beth Macinko Closed
January 21 3 Brothers Fence Trip #2 Beth Macinko Closed
January 22 3 Brothers Fence Trip #3 Beth Macinko Closed
January 25 3 Brothers Fence Trip #4 Beth Macinko Closed
January 26 3 Brothers Fence Trip #5 Beth Macinko Closed
February 10 3 Brothers Fence Trip #6 Beth Macinko Closed
February 11 3 Brothers Fence Trip #7 Beth Macinko Closed
February 18 3 Brothers Fence Trip #8 Beth Macinko Canceled
February 19 3 Brothers Fence Trip #9 Beth Macinko Closed
February 25 1 Clarno Harvest #1 Beth Macinko Closed
February 26 1 Clarno Harvest #2 Beth Macinko Closed
March 2 1 Clarno Harvest #3 Jefferson Jacobs Closed
April 6 2 Badlands Wilderness Stewardship #2 Beth Macinko Closed
April 8-12 3 South Fork Planting All Stewardship Staff Closed
May 7 2 Badlands Wilderness Stewardship #3 Beth Macinko Closed
May 20-23 5 South Fork Fence Build #1 Jefferson Jacobs Closed
June 2 3 Badlands Wilderness Stewardship #4 Beth Macinko Closed
Sept 19-22 5 South Fork Fence Build #2 Jefferson Jacobs Open Now
Sept 30-Oct 3 5 South Fork Fence Build #3 Jefferson Jacobs Open Now

John Day Region

Dates Difficulty Project Title Trip Leader Registration
April-Oct 2 Murderers Creek Riparian Monitoring Independent Closed
May-Oct 3 Malheur Wild & Scenic River Monitoring Independent Open Now
June 13-16 3 Malheur NF Springs Fencing Project Beth Macinko Canceled
October 12-14 3 Hay Creek Fence Pull Jefferson Jacobs Open Now
October 18-21 3 Ruby Creek Riparian Planting Renee Patrick Open Now
October 23-26 3 Beech Creek Planting Gena Goodman-Campbell Open Now

Hart Sheldon Region

Dates Difficulty Project Title Trip Leader Registration
March -Oct 3 Beatys Butte Fenceline Monitoring Independent Open Now
April-May 1 Warner Wetlands Bird Monitoring Independent Canceled
May 13-17 4 Beatys Butte Fenceline Retrofit Project Renee Patrick Closed
Sept 9-12 4 Beatys Butte Fenceline Retrofit Project #2 Gena Goodman-Campbell Open Now
Sept 19-22 4 Beatys Butte Fenceline Retrofit Project #3 Renee Patrick Open Now

Steens Mountain Region

Dates Difficulty Project Title Trip Leader Registration
Mar-Nov 1 Alvord Desert Monitoring Independent Open Now
June-Oct 4 Steens Mountain Wilderness Recreation Monitoring Independent Open Now
Oct 3-7 2 Steens Mountain Wilderness Rehab Project Anne White Open Now

Owyhee Region

Dates Difficulty Trip/Project Title Trip Leader Registration
April 19-22 4 Denny Jones Ranch Restoration Beth Macinko Closed
June 7-10 1 McDermitt Creek Lithium Mine Site Visit Renee Patrick Waitlist
June 10-13 3 Trout Creek Mountains Group Monitoring Trip Renee Patrick Closed

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 Open Now