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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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Public Lands 101 in PDX

Join the Oregon Natural Desert Association 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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Steens Mountain Wilderness Trail Work along Blitzen River Trail (NOW FULL)

Difficulty Rating: 4 of 5 August 17 (Thursday PM) to August 20 (Sunday PM) For the first year, ONDA has several opportunities for trail work near the Oregon Desert Trail (ODT) corridor. We will be maintaining several miles of trail out of Page Springs Campground up the Donner und Blitzen River. This trail provides an interesting alternate to the current ODT route, and our work to maintain the popular trail will help others discover this beautiful river canyon.

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Last Annual Steens Mountain Backcountry Fence Pull

Annual Last Steens Mountain Backcountry Fence Pull Difficulty Rating: 4 of 5 August 23 (Wednesday PM) to August 27 (Sunday PM) Celebrate a favorite volunteer trip and ONDAs 30th anniversary by removing the last remaining fence within Steens Mountain Wilderness! An ONDA classic that volunteers look forward to every year. Backpack out to the basecamp at "Cold Springs" and spend several days pulling out the last remaining miles of obsolete fence in the cow-free Steens. Click HERE to see photos from last years fence pull. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.

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Outdoor Project's Bend Block Party

Stop by the Deschutes Brewery for an afternoon of live music, gear demos, games, food trucks and beer, hosted by Outdoor Project. A percentage of funds raised at the event will support ONDA and all are welcome (pets included)!

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Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe Pickin' & Paddlin'

ONDA will have a booth 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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Oregon Desert Trail Presentation at Mountain Supply in Bend

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 Mountain Supply in Bend, Oregon on September 7.

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Wiwaanyatt Creek Riparian Restoration in Malheur National Forest

Difficulty Rating: 3 of 5 September 14 (Thursday PM) to September 17 (Sunday AM) Come lend a hand on the second season of this cooperative project working to restore the "Climate Resiliency" to several Upper John Day River tributaries. Now that grazing is excluded from these riparian reaches, we can get to work restoring this critical Steelhead habitat together.

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Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Fence Pull

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Fence Pull Difficulty Rating: 3 of 5 September 14 (Thursday PM) to September 17 (Sunday AM) The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge provides thousands of acres of critical habitat for avian species. We'll stay at the historic P Ranch under the backdrop of Steens Mountain and work in the nearby meadows to remove obsolete fence. Volunteers will camp, hike, restore and explore this incredible area. Click HERE for photos from last year's trip. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.

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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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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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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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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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Beech Creak 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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