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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.

Browse through the complete listing of current events here. Or, if you are specifically interested in our volunteer work trips, be sure to check out the annual calendar and details HERE. We add events frequently so sign up for our Sagenet email updates to make sure you don't miss out on any of the fun.

Wild Land, Wild Brews: Drink the High Desert

Taste four desert-inspired beers inspired by a hike in the Oregon Badlands Wilderness with Oregon Natural Desert Association. Brewer Zach Brenneman and ONDA's Gena Goodman-Campbell will share stories of inspiration in Oregon's high desert.

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Portland High Desert Speaker Series | Chad Brown: Trinity on the River

Chad Brown’s discovery of nature as medicine inspired him to launch Soul River, Inc., a nonprofit that aims to share the healing power of rivers with veterans and inner-city youth.

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Discover the Owyhee Canyonlands

Join ONDA at REI Tualatin 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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Denny Jones Ranch 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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Hart Mountain Sage-Grouse Lek Monitoring

Hart Mountain Sage-Grouse Lek Monitoring Trip Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5 March 28 (Tuesday PM) to March 31 (Friday AM) This trip is one of ONDA's most popular. Join us for three mornings of waking up long before dawn to watch these incredible birds strut their stuff as the sun rises over the distant Steens Mountain. In addition to watching these birds strut, we will work to make fences safer for wildlife by installing high visibility reflectors along the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge fence boundary. Click HERE for photos from last year's trip. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.

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Bridge Creek Cottonwood Planting Trip

Bridge Creek is one of the best examples of collaborative restoration in the Northwest. ONDA will be working with the BLM to help plant and cage small cottonwoods along the banks of this important tributary of the John Day. Click HERE for photos of a similar planting trip last year. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.

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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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2017 Annual General Meeting

Save the date for ONDA's Annual General Meeting at Hancock Field Station in John Day Country!

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Owyhee River Rafting Trip

Difficulty Rating: 3 of 5 April 17 (Mon. p.m.) to April 22 (Sat. a.m.) Also known as Oregon’s Grand Canyon, the Owyhee Canyonlands offer dramatic canyons, colorful rock formations, hot springs and ancient Native American petroglyphs. Home to one of Oregon's most wild rivers, the Owyhee area supports over 200 species, including big-horn sheep, the imperiled Greater sage-grouse, pronghorn, and 28 endemic plants found nowhere else in the world. With over one hundred eighty river-miles under Wild & Scenic protection and short rafting season, the seldom-traveled Owyhee River provides visitors with a unique rafting and wilderness experience.

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Muleshoe Creek Riparian Restoration (Spring)

Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5 April 20 (Thursday PM) to April 23 (Sunday AM) ONDA has a new opportunity to collaborate with a new private conservation lands owner in part of a project increasing the "Climate Resiliency" of tributaries of the John Day. Come join us for the first of two trips where we are helping restore habitat on a mile of protected stream. We will be using some novel new planting techniques and caging some of the vegetation already coming up in the area to temporarily protect it from deer browse.

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Riparian Planting on South Fork Crooked River (Spring)

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 show you a new better way to plant willows and cottonwoods to help continue the area's transformation.

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2017 Alder Springs Clean-up and Trail Maintenance

Difficulty Rating: 3 of 5 May 19 (Friday PM) to 21 (Sunday PM) Located on Whychus Creek, Alder Springs is a true oasis in the high desert and a popular hiking destination. Join ONDA’s Central Oregon Coordinator, Gena Goodman-Campbell, some “spring cleaning” of the Alder Springs trail, as well as opportunities for hiking and exploration. Click HERE for photos from previous work trips to Alder Springs. Click HERE for more information and to register.

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Camp Creek Riparian Restoration

Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5 June 1 (Thursday PM) to June 4 (Sunday AM) Part of a major two-year push to increase the "Climate Resiliency" of John Day tributaries: We will be working on this important bull trout stream in the forests of the upper John Day. A landmark collaborative with ranchers and the Forest Service, we will be planting riparian trees, and repairing Beaver Dam Analogues and riparian exclosure fences.

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Badlands Wilderness Trail Work along Oregon Desert Trail

Difficulty Rating: 2 of 5 June 2 (Friday PM) to June 4 (Sunday PM) For the first year, ONDA has several opportunities for trail work along the Oregon Desert Trail (ODT) corridor. The BLM plans to build a new trail in the Oregon Badlands Wilderness, not only expanding the trail network in this important desert landscape close to Bend, but replacing a short cross country section of the ODT with a cairn-marked route. We will gather lava rocks and build cairns to mark new sections of the Mazama Ash Trail, and also add cairns to the existing Sand Lilly Trail to aid in navigation.

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2017 Hampton Butte Aspen Restoration

Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5 June 8 (Thursday PM) June 11 (Sunday AM) Explore the backcountry around Hampton Butte at the heart of ONDA's Hidden Springs Wilderness Proposal, while helping restore aspen habitat that provides a critical refuge for wildlife. Led by Central Oregon Coordinator Gena Goodman-Campbell, volunteers will spend two days working in remote aspen stands to remove young juniper trees using hand tools.

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Fremont National Recreation Trail Work along Oregon Desert Trail

Difficulty Rating: 5 of 5 June 22 (Thursday AM) to June 25 (Sunday PM) For the first year, ONDA has several opportunities for trail work along the Oregon Desert Trail (ODT) corridor. We will be clearing trees from the shared trail corridor in the Fremont National Forest with the help of a trained sawyer, brushing and maintaining the trail tread in a stunning ridge-top section of the Fremont National Recreation Trail.

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Steens Mountain Wilderness Trail Work along Oregon Desert Trail (NOW FULL)

Difficulty Rating: 5 of 5 August 3 (Thursday noon) to August 7 (Monday PM) For the first year, ONDA has several opportunities for trail work along the Oregon Desert Trail (ODT) corridor. We will be backpacking into and working along the Big Indian Gorge Trail, clearing downed trees, brushing and maintaining the trail tread in this iconic high desert landscape

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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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