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Restoration Work Trips, Parties and Gatherings

People are at the heart of what we do. That's why we host a variety of events that build our community. From educational events, to social gatherings, fundraisers, calendar exhibitions and restoration work trips, there's something for everyone.

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Explore the Oregon Desert Trail in PDX

Join the Oregon Natural Desert Association for an introduction to the long distance route you've never heard of: the Oregon Desert Trail. Get tips for everything from day hikes to your next thru-hiking adventure!

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Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe Pickin' & Paddlin'

ONDA will have a table at Pickin' & Paddlin'! Stop by and talk to us about our work to protect Oregon deserts, and enjoy boat demos, live music, and cold beer.

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Discover the Owyhee Canyonlands

Join ONDA at REI Clackamas to learn about this remote and beautiful section of southeast Oregon. We'll let you know how to get there, what to bring, and the best times to go.

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2017 National Public Lands Day Devils Garden Fence Pull

National Public Lands Day Devils Garden Fence Pull Difficulty Rating: 2 out of 5 September 29 (Thursday PM) to October 1 (Sunday AM) In partnership with the Bureau of Land Management's Prineville and Lakeview District, volunteers will help remove two obsolete fences; one near Fox Butte and one within the Devils Garden Wilderness Study Area. Join ONDA, BLM staff, and other volunteers for a fun weekend of exploring some remote areas close to Bend. Click HERE to see photos from last year's trip. Click HERE for additional trip details and to register.

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Come see where epic adventure and environmental advocacy meet at ONDA’s tenth annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Friday, September 29th at the Tower Theatre in downtown Bend.

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Riparian Planting on South Fork Crooked River (Fall)

South Fork Crooked River Riparian Restoration (Fall) Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5 October 5 (Thursday PM) to October 8 (Sunday AM) Our third year of a five year effort to help restore beaver and fish habitat on four miles of the South Fork Crooked River. Thanks to a long-time collaboration with a private conservation lands owner, we are over half-way through with this ambitious project involving tens of thousands of plantings and a half-dozen beaver dam analogues. On this trip we'll be planting potted root-stock trees to help continue the area's transformation.

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Eugene Public Lands Action Night

Join ONDA in Eugene for an evening of learning and action focused on the spectacular public lands of Oregon's high desert. Take a virtual tour of Central and Eastern Oregon and have a chance to speak up on behalf of these inspiring public lands!

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Discover the Oregon Desert Trail in Portland

Do you need inspiration for that next backpacking trip? We'll cover the basics of hitting the trail and share some new resources that will help in planning your next adventure in the high desert.

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Cottonwood Canyon State Park Post Fire Restoration

Difficulty Rating: 2 of 5 October 12 (Thurs. PM) to 15 (Sunday AM) Located on the John Day River, Cottonwood Canyon State Park is Oregon's newest and second largest state park. Hay Creek Canyon, a beautiful part of the park which flows into the John Day River, burned last year. Volunteers will help to replant and clean up the canyon to allow this important area to recover from the effects of the recent fire.

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Post Fire Restoration at Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Difficulty Rating: 2 of 5 October 12 (Thurs. PM) to 15 (Sunday AM) Located on the John Day River, Cottonwood Canyon State Park is Oregon's newest and second largest state park. Hay Creek Canyon, a beautiful part of the park which flows into the John Day River, burned last year. Volunteers will help to replant and clean up the canyon to allow this important area to recover from the effects of the recent fire.

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Oregon Desert Trail Talk at the Obsidians in Eugene

Join the Oregon Natural Desert Association for an introduction to one of the newest long distance routes in the country: the Oregon Desert Trail at the Obsidians in Eugene on October 17.

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Badlands Wilderness Eastern Boundary Fence Build

Badlands Wilderness Eastern Boundary Fence Build Difficulty Rating: 3 of 5 October 19 (Thursday PM) to October 21 (Saturday PM) Sometimes, building fence is a good thing. Join ONDA volunteers and the Prineville BLM to build fence along the eastern boundary of the Badlands Wilderness. This new fence will help to streamline grazing allotments and minimize trespass into the Wilderness. A great way to get out and camp or just come for the day right on the edge of Bend. Click HERE to see pictures of similar trips. Click HERE for more information and to register.

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Malheur River Riparian Restoration

Difficulty Rating: 3 of 5 October 19 (Thursday PM) to October 22 (Sunday AM) This area definitely needs our help, and ONDA is proud to lend a hand! Come help rescue riparian vegetation trapped inside too-small cages and give it a chance to grow and recolonize the river banks.

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The Wonders of Oregon's High Desert

Join ONDA and Mazamas for a photo tour of the wonders of Oregon's high desert, and get tips to plan your next desert adventure! Learn more about the highlights of eastern Oregon, including the rugged Owyhee Canyonlands, and lesser-explored destinations.

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Muleshoe Creek Riparian Restoration (Fall)

Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5 November 2 (Thursday PM) to November 5 (Sunday AM) Our second trip this season collaborating with a new private conservation lands owner in part of a project increasing the "Climate Resiliency" of tributaries of the John Day. On this trip we will be planting and caging several hundred riparian plants to increase species diversity on a mile of protected stream.

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Denny Jones Ranch Backcountry Planting Project with Burns Paiute Tribe

In partnership with the Burns Pauite Tribe, ONDA volunteers will help to replant the banks of the Malheur River outside of Juntura, Oregon.

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Beech Creek Beaver Dam Construction

Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5 November 14 (Tuesday PM) to November 16 (Thursday PM) Part of a major two-year push to increase the "Climate Resiliency" of John Day tributaries: We will be helping construct as many as twenty beaver dam analogues. A great chance to contribute to important work if you can get away on this mid-week trip.

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