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October 2020


October 3, 2020 @ 8:00 am - October 9, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

ONDA is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Oregon’s first desert wilderness with #SteensWeek, a series of online events and activations starting on October 3 and running through October 9. Saturday, Oct 3 - Steens Turns 20 - On October 30, 2000, President Bill Clinton signed the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Act of 2000, to maintain the cultural, economic, ecological, and social health of the Steens Mountain in perpetuity. We'll share the story of protecting this wilderness on our…

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Steens Rivers

October 5, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Big Alvord Creek in fall with steam rising from creek, Steens

Beloved Steens waterways like Kiger and Wildhorse Creeks were protected as Wild and Scenic Rivers by the Steens Act, but many others were left unprotected. Now, we have a remarkable opportunity to secure Wild and Scenic River status for other important Steens Mountain creeks – if we all speak up! You’ll learn which Steens waterways still need protection and how to use your voice to ensure they are conserved forever as Wild and Scenic Rivers. Join ONDA’s Public Lands Coordinator Gena Goodman-Campbell for this live-streaming event from the comfort of your own home.  Registration…

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Exploring Steens Facebook Live Q&A

October 7, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
two empty camp chairs a stump and two beverages

Pull up a camp chair, grab a beverage and have your questions ready! You'll be psyched to explore Steens Mountain when you listen in on a Facebook Live Q&A between Lace Thornberg, communications manager at ONDA and Matt Wastradowski, co-author of Pacific Northwest Hiking 

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20 Years of Steens Stewardship

October 8, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
woman pulling barbed wire fence on Steens Mountain

Join us for a look back at milestones from 20 years of advocating for and restoring Steens Mountain, in a live-stream presentation led by Corinne Handelman, ONDA's engagement manager, along with special guests photographer and frequent ONDA volunteer Sage Brown and ONDA's program director Mark Salvo. With a history ranging from legal victories to backcountry stories, this event will dive deep into the complexity of a long-term conservation vision and leave you inspired to look ahead toward the next 20…

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November 2020

2021 Wild Desert Calendar Virtual Exhibit

November 16, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - January 8, 2021 @ 5:30 pm
Warner Valley and Poker Jim Ridge

ONDA's 2021 Wild Desert Calendar virtual exhibit, "A Year in Oregon's High Desert," is now open! From November 16 through January 8, you can tour our virtual gallery of the unique and beautiful images of Oregon's high desert landscapes and wildlife featured in the 2021 calendar. With behind-the-scenes stories, a special opportunity to purchase a print of the cover image, a truly incredible collection of photography and more, you won't want to miss it! Click here to view the exhibit.…

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December 2020

Hootenanny at Home

December 3, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

While this won't be our usual barn-stomping party in Bend or Portland, we're bringing the celebratory mood of our annual High Desert Hootenanny straight into your living room with this virtual event - the Hootenanny at Home. Register now and we'll send you a custom party package, including our desert-inspired drink menu and party playlist. Then, join us on December 3 for the premiere of "Listening to the Landscape," a short film featuring pianist Hunter Noack of IN A LANDSCAPE:…

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Behind the Lens

December 16, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Meet a few of the photographers who make ONDA's Wild Desert Calendar so damn beautiful. Tune into this free-wheeling chat and you'll get a taste of the lengths they are willing to go to get their shots, learn tips and tricks for shooting in the desert and come away with few desert places to put on your bucket list. Registration for this event is now closed.  If you were not able to register, you can tune in as we will…

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February 2021

The Hope of Wild Places

February 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join ONDA for the first event in the 2021 High Desert Speaker Series, a virtual conversation with Northern Paiute spiritual leader and oral historian Wilson Wewa and photographer and filmmaker Jason Houston. After a showing of their short film "The Owyhee Project" (working title), follow along for an illuminating dialogue between Wilson, Jason and ONDA's Campaign Manager Corie Harlan about Oregon's uniquely remarkable Owyhee Canyonlands, the role of storytelling in conservation, and the hope offered by protected wild places. This…

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March 2021

Member Q&A with Ryan Houston

March 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 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 get involved with our work this year with opportunities from advocating to volunteering. Registration is closed, but you can email Corinne for a link to join us this evening. Ryan Houston has served as ONDA’s executive director role since 2018, bringing his perspective from 20 years of experience…

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The Geological Journey of Desert Rivers

March 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join ONDA for the second event in the 2021 High Desert Speaker Series, featuring Dr. Elizabeth Safran, Associate Professor of Geological Science at Lewis & Clark. Follow the course of Oregon's wild rivers as they journey through the lively geology of the high desert, and hear how the geological history of eastern Oregon - from landslides to lava flows - has interacted with and influenced beloved desert waterways like the Owyhee River. This event will be hosted online beginning at…

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