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May 2021

Behind the Lens

May 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Owyhee Canyonlands shrouded in clouds

Do you appreciate the beauty of Oregon's high desert and wish your photos matched up with what you experience? Meet a few of the photographers who make ONDA's Wild Desert Calendar so damn beautiful each year and learn tips and tricks for shooting in the desert from them. You’ll learn how you can contribute to the 2022 edition of the calendar and come away with a few desert places to put on your bucket list. Registration is now closed for…

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Wild Waters Ahead

May 17 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

ONDA community members showed how much they value desert rivers, streams and creeks by nominating countless waterways for protection. Now, more than 1,000 miles of these waters could be protected under the River Democracy Act. Join us to learn more about the rushing rivers, hidden hot springs, and spectacular streams across Oregon's high desert and how you can take the next step in advocating for their conservation! Registration has now closed for this event. We will email registrants the event…

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June 2021

High Desert Wonders

June 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Whether you're a new member of the desert conservation community, or want to be introduced to the vast beauty of Central and eastern Oregon, you're invited to join us to get to know the High Desert Wonders. Our team will share stunning imagery, tips to plan your next visit, and provide ways to advocate for this special landscape. Register now to join this virtual event! Only one person per household needs to register for this event, which is free and…

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One of a Kind Owyhee

June 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
lupine in front of Three Fingers Owyhee Canyonlands

Get to know the unique landscape of the Owyhee Canyonlands, from the rolling rapids to the sagebrush plateau. You'll travel back in time to learn about the long history of how the Owyhee came to be and how you can be involved in the future of conservation across this vast region. Register now to join this virtual event! Only one person per household needs to register for this event, which is free and open to all who'd like to join.…

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August 2021

Oregon Desert Trail at PCT Days

August 20 @ 1:00 pm - August 21 @ 6:00 pm
cascade locks, 255 Wa Na Pa St.
Cascade Locks, OR 97014 United States
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Hiker wearing hat in Painted Canyon

Come learn about the Oregon Desert Trail from some ODT thru-hikers at this year's Pacific Crest Trail Days in Cascade Locks, Oregon. Pacific Crest Trail Days is a summer festival that celebrates and promotes outdoor recreation, with a focus on hiking, camping, and backpacking. Attendees get to participate in activities and games, and can win awesome gear at the raffle. Whether you’re into car camping, day hiking, or long distance hiking, the gear and info you are looking for will…

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September 2021

Know Des(s)ert – Hiking the Oregon Desert Trail | Bend

September 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Deschutes Public Library, Bend, 601 NW Wall St., Brooks Room
Bend, OR 97703 United States
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Come learn more about what it takes to hike a day, week, or month on the Oregon Desert Trail and get some recommendations for an amazing milkshake, delicious pie, or other sweet treat. What does a remote and challenging long-distance desert route have to do with dessert? After experiencing a cotton candy colored morning sunrise surrounded by wildflowers the color of jelly beans and the honeyed serenade of a meadowlark, your sweet tooth will be satiated. To sign up for…

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Member Q&A with Ryan Houston

September 9 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join ONDA's executive director Ryan Houston for this live-streaming question and answer session. Ryan will provide updates on top conservation priorities across Oregon's high desert and share information about how you can support our work with opportunities from advocating to volunteering. Register now to join the conversation!   Ryan Houston has served as ONDA’s executive director role since 2018, bringing his perspective from 20 years of experience in the conservation sector. Prior to his career at ONDA, Ryan served as…

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Intro to the Art and Science of Wildlife Tracking

September 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join ONDA for an introductory exploration into the world of wildlife tracking with expert and educator Marcus Reynerson. During this virtual presentation, Marcus will share knowledge about identifying and interpreting the subtle signs wildlife leave in their high desert habitats. Come away with a new appreciation for and ability to see the multitude of stories from the living world around us that can be found in Oregon's desert wildlands. This event will be hosted online, beginning at 5:30 p.m. PDT. Registration…

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October 2021

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

October 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Oregon Natural Desert Association presents the Wild & Scenic Film Festival! Join us for an evening of short films showcasing our earth's natural wonders and the amazing stories of activists working to conserve the environment. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is fully virtual this year. Enjoy our lineup of the year’s best conservation films, screened in HD, from the comfort of your home. The virtual waiting room will open at 5:30PM, and the livestream will start at 6:00PM. Closed captioning will…

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Minimizing Risk, Maximizing Reward – How to Recreate Safely in Oregon’s High Desert

October 14 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Would you know what to do if you were injured while exploring the desert? In April 2019, Oregon Desert Trail thru-hiker Stacy Boone sustained a debilitating injury in the Owyhee region. In the summer of that same year, long-distance biker Tomas Quinones came to the aid of an unconscious man while he was bikepacking through the Greater Hart-Sheldon. To help you learn from their experiences, Oregon Desert Trail Coordinator Renee Patrick will facilitate a conversation between these two desert explorers,…

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