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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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Stand for the Land: Bend

A community celebration of conservation activism 30 years in the making! Enjoy a beverage in great company as we look back at 30 years of conservation success and forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead. Then, get the inspiration, information, and tools you need to take action on behalf of your public lands!

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Central Oregon Wildflower Show

Stop by ONDA's informational booth at Sunriver Nature Center's annual celebration of the wildflowers and plants native to Central Oregon.

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First Friday @ Patagonia in Bend

We will have an informational booth set up inside the Patagonia store in downtown Bend, stop by and say hi!

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Stand for the Land: Portland

A community celebration of conservation activism 30 years in the making. Enjoy a beverage in great company as we look back at 30 years of conservation success and forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead. Then, get the inspiration, information, and tools you need to take action on behalf of your public lands!

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Northwest Crossing Saturday Farmers Market

Stop by the ONDA table at the weekly Northwest Crossing Saturday Farmers Market! Learn about our campaigns to protect Oregon deserts while enjoying crafts, produce and artisan products from local vendors.

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The Unusual Flora of Pine Mountain Hike

Savor the views along the open crest of Pine Mountain while learning about seeds and late-blooming wildflowers. Charmane Powers, who has worked as a botanist on the Deschutes National Forest since 1990, and LeeAnn Kriegh, author of “The Nature of Bend,” will lead an exploration of the mountain's unusual flora, which is more closely affiliated with the Blue Mountain region than Central Oregon's typical volcanic soils. Along with taking a close look at the remarkable adaptations of species like mountain mahogany that line the trail, we'll be scouting for the rare green-tinged paintbrush (Castilleja chlorotica).

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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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Northwest Crossing Saturday Farmers Market

Stop by the ONDA table at the weekly Northwest Crossing Saturday Farmers Market! Learn about our campaigns to protect Oregon deserts while enjoying crafts, produce and artisan products from local vendors.

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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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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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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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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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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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