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May 2018

Spring Wildflowers and Magnificent Mountain Views on Gray Butte

May 5, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Oregon Natural Desert Association, 50 SW Bond Street, Suite 4
Bend, OR 97702 United States
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The Gray Butte Trail winds through the juniper forest and sagebrush slopes of Gray Butte. Hikers will be rewarded with sights of spring wildflowers such as phlox, lupine and balsamroot. And, if the wildflowers are not enough, the views of the Crooked River National Grasslands below and the snow-capped Cascades will be spectacular. Perhaps you will even get a glimpse of Mt. Hood! Charmane Powers, a botanist on the Deschutes National Forest since 1990, will lead this FREE hike. Difficulty:…

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Cottonwood Canyon Guided Hike

May 12, 2018 @ 6:30 am - 4:30 pm
Cottonwood State Park, 99989 Oregon 206
Wasco, OR 97065 United States
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Get out of Portland and into the desert! This hike along the lower John Day River will be guided by knowledgeable volunteers who will discuss high desert ecology and ONDA's conservation mission.

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Deschutes River Guided Hike

May 19, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lower Deschutes River, 89600 Biggs-Rufus Hwy
Wasco, OR 97065 United States
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Get out of Portland and into the desert! This hike along the lower Deschutes River will be guided by volunteers who will discuss high desert ecology and ONDA's conservation mission.

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Soaring Sights of Smith Rock State Park

May 24, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Oregon Natural Desert Association, 50 SW Bond Street, Suite 4
Bend, OR 97702 United States
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Join Oregon State Park interpretive ranger, OSU Master Naturalist, and ONDA member David Vick for a FREE hike up the Wolf Tree Trail at Smith Rock State Park. Hikers will view nesting raptors and be treated to the sight of this spring’s eaglets. While the emphasis of the hike will be on the winged denizens of Smith Rock, David will also share his knowledge of native plants and their traditional uses and the Park’s geologic history. Difficulty: Moderate – about 2…

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June 2018

Chimney Rock Family Nature Adventure

June 10, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Oregon Natural Desert Association, 50 SW Bond Street, Suite 4
Bend, OR 97702 United States
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  Sunday, June 10, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Grab the kids and join author Wendy Gorton for a hike through a juniper doorway, catch views of the Crooked River, holler down below at Echo Bench, and feel the satisfaction of making it all the way up to Chimney Rock.  Mini scavenger hunt sheets will be handed out as families join Wendy to spot species, draw in a nature journal, and play a few fun games while hiking to the…

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May 2019

Desert Naturalist Hike Series: Smith Rock Revealed

May 10, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Smith Rock State Park Terrebonne, OR 97760 United States + Google Map

On Friday, May 10th, join former Oregon State Park interpretive ranger, OSU Master Naturalist and ONDA member David Vick for an in-depth look at Smith Rock State Park's rich cultural and natural history. In addition to viewing nesting raptors, the hike will emphasize native plants and their traditional uses as well as the dramatic geological events that shaped the park as we know it today. Difficulty: Moderate – about 2.5 miles up the Wolf Tree Trail (5 miles round trip).…

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June 2019

Desert Naturalist Hike Series: Chimney Rock Family Scavenger Hunt

June 1, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Chimney Rock Prineville, OR 97754 United States + Google Map

On Saturday, June 1st, celebrate the 10th year of the Oregon Badlands Wilderness by exploring the surrounding area on a family adventure with author Wendy Gorton of 50 Hikes with Kids: Oregon and Washington (a National Outdoor Book Award prizewinner)! We'll explore one of the hiking routes and scavenger hunts from her book -- kids will receive their own nature journal, learn how to stop and try to identify species, do nature photography with camera phones, and "power up" by…

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Desert Naturalist Hike Series: Ancient Junipers on Horse Ridge Trail

June 14, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Horse Ridge, 63095 Arnold Market Rd
bend, OR 97702 United States
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Join educator, scholar and author Rick Miller on a hike across Horse Ridge and its ancient woodlands. Hikers will have the opportunity to take in stunning views, identify some very old junipers and walk through an old burn site developing new growth. With extensive knowledge of the ecology and management of pinyon and juniper woodlands, Rick will give participants a lunchtime presentation on 20,000 years of woodland expansion and contraction across eastern Oregon and the Intermountain West. Difficulty: Moderate -…

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