Badlands Wilderness Stewardship #1 for Hydro Flask employees

Olivia Guethling


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Organizer: Beth Macinko

Date and Time: March 11, 2022, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Region: Central Oregon

Difficulty Rating: Level 3: Challenging

Maximum Group Size: 12 participants

About the place

This project takes place on the traditional lands of the Northern Paiute, Wasco and Warm Springs people. Many Indigenous peoples live in Oregon’s high desert region today, including members of the Burns Paiute Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (Wasco, Warm Springs and Paiute), the Klamath Tribes (Klamath, Modoc and Yahooskin) and the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe.

Located just 15 miles east of Bend, the Oregon Badlands Wilderness is a 30,000-acre area containing fascinating lava flows and ancient junipers. This area was designated as wilderness in 2009, and was named for its harsh terrain and fantastic rock formations. Within this landscape, one can find incredible displays of desert wildflowers, dry river canyons, castle-like rock formations, and Native American pictographs.

About the stewardship work

In partnership with the Prineville District of the Bureau of Land Management, and with support from the Bend Sustainability Fund, ONDA will lead several days of service to improve the Badlands for its human visitors and native wildlife inhabitants.

Through projects such as trail maintenance, signage improvement, and illegal vehicle route obscuring, volunteers will receive an introduction to ONDA’s stewardship and conservation programs.

These single-day experiences are a great opportunity for your first trip out with ONDA. No previous experience is needed to attend. All that is required is a love of the high desert, a big smile and a willingness to learn.

This trip is reserved for Hydro Flask employees, if you are interested in Badlands Wilderness stewardship trips open to all, please check out our April or May trips.

Trip timeline

  • Friday, March 11 (1 p.m.): Volunteers will meet at the trailhead, about a 25-minute drive from Bend, directions to project locations will be sent out before the trip.
  • Friday, March 11 (5 p.m.): We’ll be back at the trailhead by 5 p.m. to head back to Bend.


Level 3

Projects will consist of a variety of tasks, including: digging fence posts, lopping and sawing branches growing into the trail, moving rocks and debris to close illegal trails and routes, and removing trash. Volunteers can expect to spend their day hiking on uneven ground and undertaking lifting, bending, and other tasks that require a moderate level of physical exertion.

Participant responsibilities

Participants will need to have transportation to the trailhead, a 20 minute drive from Bend accessible by any passenger vehicle. ONDA will bring extra water, but it is a good idea to supplement our supply with a few liters from home. If it’s a cooler winter day, hot tea can be nice to stay warm. In the event of sunny and hot weather, please bring up to four liters of water capacity for the day, and consider an electrolyte replacement drink or mix to help you stay hydrated. Sturdy hiking shoes/boots, long pants, and eye protection are required for this trip (sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses are suitable eye protection). Participants should be prepared to be away from the vehicles all day and bring a day pack for lunch, snacks and water.

Gear provided

ONDA will provide all tools required for the work as well as extra work gloves and eye protection. We will bring potable water, snacks, and expert leadership and perspective on current high desert conservation priorities.


An ONDA registration application and medical form are required for this trip. Please fill out the form below, selecting March 11 Badlands Wilderness Stewardship Trip #1 for Hydro Flask employees from the trip list.

Apply now

You will receive an email confirming your registration within 3 days of applying for the trip. One week before the trip start date, registered participants will receive driving instructions, maps, and additional information in an email sent by the trip leader.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact the trip leader.