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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. We add events frequently so sign up for our email updates to make sure you don't miss out on any of the fun.

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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Find Adventure on the Oregon Desert Trail

Come find out more about Oregon's new long-distance hiking route in your backyard!

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Public Lands Summit

Join us for a fun and interactive presentation and training on our public lands, the values at risk, and how to get involved and advocate for wild places.

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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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Public Lands 101

Join us at Nau in Portland's Pearl District for a first Thursday evening of learning and action to speak up for Oregon's high desert public lands

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Lower Deschutes Spring Hike from PDX

Learn about local ecology and natural history with the Oregon Natural Desert Association at this spring hike along the lower Deschutes River. Carpools leave from Portland.

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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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Find Adventure on the Oregon Desert Trail in Ontario

Come find out more about Oregon's new long-distance hiking route in your backyard!

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Portland High Desert Speaker Series | Dan Morse: Lesser Known Oregon Public Lands

ONDA Conservation Director Dan Morse will reveal some of the most spectacular (and shockingly overlooked) areas of Oregon’s high desert. Come for a night of inspiration and learn more about ONDA's work to protect public lands.

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Bend High Desert Speaker Series | Finding Artistic Inspiration in the High Desert

Our fourth and final High Desert Speaker Series event in Bend will conclude with a discussion of the many varied ways that desert landscapes inspire us, featuring a panel of award-winning artists whose muse is the high desert itself.

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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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Wildlands Monitoring Training

ONDA has formed cooperative agreements with several BLM district offices to help them monitor conditions within Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) throughout Eastern Oregon. Independent Stewards will spearhead the effort to help get this important work accomplished. CLICK HERE to learn more about the program and training dates.

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