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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.

Bend High Desert Speaker Series | Dr. Dennis Jenkins: 14,000 Years of Human History in Oregon's High Desert

In this second installment of ONDA’s High Desert Speaker Series in Bend, renowned archaeologist Dr. Dennis Jenkins will take you on a journey through through time.

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Portland High Desert Speaker Series | Ed Jahn: Highlights of the High Desert

Explore the high desert with veteran producer and award-winning journalist Ed Jahn of Oregon Field Guide.

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Clarno Nursery Winter Willow Harvest

Difficulty Rating: 1 out of 5 Join ONDA for the first work trip of 2016 in the beautiful John Day River country! This trip will be held at the Clarno Nursery where ONDA staff and volunteers will harvest and prep a variety of native plants that will be used in future ONDA restoration trips. A great single day outing that is critical to the success of many other restoration trips! Click HERE for pictures from last year's willow harvest trip. Click HERE for more information and to register. - See more at: http://onda.org/get-involved/volunteer-1/2016-vounteer-trip-calendar-folder/2016-volunteer-work-trip-calender#sthash.59DcGsWC.dpuf

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Oregon Desert Trail Presentation in Bend March 9

Presentation will highlight 750 mile trail in Bend’s backyard

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Bend High Desert Speaker Series | Chuck Gates: Birds of Oregon's High Desert

In the third installment of the Bend edition of ONDA’s High Desert Speaker Series, local birding expert Chuck Gates shares about the amazing birds of Oregon's high desert. He'll highlight the threats these amazing creatures face, as well as recent successes that have saved many lives. Don't miss out on this fantastic evening!

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Hart Mountain Sage-Grouse Lek Monitoring #1

Difficuly Rating: 3 out of 5 This trip is repeatedly 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 by installing high visibility reflectors on the 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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Oregon Desert Trail Presentation in Ashland March 21

Learn more about hiking the Oregon Desert Trail.

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Oregon Desert Trail Presentation in Medford March 22

Presentation will highlight 750 mile trail in Oregon’s backyard

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Portland High Desert Speaker Series | Dr. Tom Connolly: Ancient Artifacts of the High Desert

Join the real life Indiana Jones, Dr. Tom Connolly, on a journey thousands of years in the making.

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2016 Annual General Meeting

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

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Steens Mountain WSA Route Monitoring Trip

Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5 April 21 (Thursday PM) to 24 (Sunday AM) The Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area (CMPA) includes over 400,000 acres of public lands that provide unique opportunities for recreation, hunting and fishing, cattle grazing, and refuge for wildlife. Now, this vast and majestic landscape is in need of some help and ONDA volunteers are best suited to provide assistance. This trip will focus on an inventory of the roads and rangeland health throughout portions of the CMPA. Click HERE to see photos of a similar trip last year. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.

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Portland High Desert Speaker Series | Ben Gordon: Hidden Wonders of John Day Country

ONDA Stewardship Director Ben Gordon uncovers the hidden jewel of the high desert.

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Bend High Desert Speaker Series | Gena Goodman-Campbell: Central Oregon Desert Treasures

In the fourth and final presentation of ONDA’s High Desert Speaker Series in Bend, ONDA teams up with the Great Old Broads for Wilderness to present Central Oregon conservation expert Gena Goodman-Campbell. She will reveal some of the most spectacular desert places you may never have heard of -- right here in Bend's backyard!

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Blacktop Butte Fence Pull at Pine Creek Conservation Area

Difficulty Rating: 4 out of 5 April 28 (Thursday PM) to May 1 (Sunday PM) "Help take part in taking apart" one of the last major cross fences within Pine Creek Conservation Area. This barbed wire fence-line is a major barrier to north-south travel of elk and deer within the Conservation Area. We will be trucked to a remote back-country campsite and day-hike further out to the work site each morning.

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Keen Employees South Fork Crooked River Restoration Trip

Difficulty Rating: 2 of 5 May 10 (Tuesday PM) to 12 (Thursday PM) The South Fork of the Crooked River is spectacular. Unfortunately in recent years heavy irrigation withdraws and a lack of stream bank vegetative cover have caused the river's water temperatures to rise and fish habitat quality to plummet. To remedy this situation, ONDA has partnered with private landowners and federal land managers to conduct extensive restoration in the upper stretches of the river. This trip is reserved for employees of Keen Footwear.

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Alder Springs Clean-up and Trail Maintenance

Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5 May 14 (Saturday AM) to May 15 (Sunday PM) As the only one-night weekend trip of the year, this is the perfect volunteer opportunity for those who are only available on the weekend but still want to get out into the high desert and give back to a very special place: Alder Springs. Join ONDA’s Central Oregon Coordinator, Gena Goodman-Campbell, for a short overnight backpack into Alder Springs and 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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Pine Creek Backcountry Fence Pull: Eastern Boundary

Difficulty Rating: 4 out of 5 May 19 (Thursday PM) to May 22 (Sunday AM) We will be trucked to a remote back-country campsite and day-hike further out to the work site each morning. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links. Click HERE to see pictures from similar trips out to the Conservation Area.

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Owyhee Canyonlands Monitoring Trip

Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5 May 25 (Wednesday PM) to May 29 (Sunday AM) Following up on a similar trip in 2015, this year's trip will monitor ecological conditions along the West Little Owyhee River. While we hope to find an improvement in the ecological health of the riparian area, there is no doubt volunteers will find the remote beauty of the Owyhee Canyonlands unforgettable. Don't miss this opportunity to explore and help protect the fabled Owyhee Canyonlands. Click HERE for photos from a previous trip. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.

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Riparian Planting on South Fork Crooked River (Spring)

Difficulty Rating: 2 of 5 June 3 (Friday PM) to 5 (Sunday PM) Our third major trip in a series of new major riparian restoration efforts ONDA will be heading up on the South Fork of the Crooked River. A fantastic chance to make a huge impact on a privately owned, but open to the public conservation parcel immediately adjacent to the Wilderness Study Area. Planting work will occur all day Saturday, and perhaps Sunday Morning as well.

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The Great Old Broads for Wilderness at Hart Mountain

Difficulty Rating: 2 out of 5 ONDA and the Great Old Broads for Wilderness are heading out to Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge for the opportunity to see how desert ecosystems respond to the removal of livestock. Educational guest speakers and catering by Naturalists Northwest will round out this fun filled weekend of volunteer work.

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