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From educational events, to social gatherings, fundraisers, photo exhibitions and restoration work trips, ONDA hosts a variety of community-building events.

Browse through the list of upcoming events below. If you are specifically interested in our restoration work trips, you'll find detailed information HERE. We update our annual calendar of work trips each February. And, we add events frequently. Stay in the loop when you sign up for our Email Updates and you won't miss out on any of the fun.

Wild Land, Wild Brews: Drink the High Desert Feb 27, 2017 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Worthy Brewing Company's Beermuda Triangle,
Taste four desert-inspired beers inspired by a hike in the Oregon Badlands Wilderness with Oregon Natural Desert Association. Brewer Zach Brenneman and ONDA's Gena Goodman-Campbell will share stories of inspiration in Oregon's high desert.
Portland High Desert Speaker Series | Chad Brown: Trinity on the River Feb 27, 2017 from 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave.,
Chad Brown’s discovery of nature as medicine inspired him to launch Soul River, Inc., a nonprofit that aims to share the healing power of rivers with veterans and inner-city youth.
Discover the Owyhee Canyonlands Mar 08, 2017 from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM REI Tualatin, 7410 SW Bridgeport Rd, Tigard,
Join ONDA at REI Tualatin to learn about this remote and beautiful section of southeast Oregon. We'll let you know how to get there, what to bring, and the best times to go.
Denny Jones Ranch Planting Project with Burns Paiute Tribe from Mar 20, 2017 05:00 PM to Mar 22, 2017 02:00 PM Denny Jones Ranch east of Burns,
In partnership with the Burns Pauite Tribe, ONDA volunteers will help to replant the banks of the Malheur River outside of Juntura, Oregon.
Hart Mountain Sage-Grouse Lek Monitoring from Mar 28, 2017 02:00 PM to Mar 31, 2017 10:00 AM Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge,
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.
Bridge Creek Cottonwood Planting Trip from Apr 03, 2017 05:00 PM to Apr 06, 2017 10:00 AM Bridge Creek ,
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.
Discover the Oregon Desert Trail in Portland Apr 10, 2017 from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM Lucky Lab, 1945 NW Quimby, 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.
2017 Annual General Meeting from Apr 14, 2017 07:00 PM to Apr 16, 2017 12:30 PM Hancock Field Station,
Save the date for ONDA's Annual General Meeting at Hancock Field Station in John Day Country!
Owyhee River Rafting Trip from Apr 17, 2017 07:00 PM to Apr 22, 2017 03:00 PM Launch from Rome, Oregon,
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.
Muleshoe Creek Riparian Restoration (Spring) from Apr 20, 2017 05:00 PM to Apr 23, 2017 12:00 PM Muleshoe Creek, Grant County,
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.
Riparian Planting on South Fork Crooked River (Spring) from May 04, 2017 05:00 PM to May 07, 2017 11:00 AM South Fork Crooked Central Oregon,
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.
John Day Float and Fence Pull: Clarno to Cottonwood from May 10, 2017 10:00 AM to May 14, 2017 12:00 PM Lower John Day River,
2017 Alder Springs Clean-up and Trail Maintenance from May 19, 2017 04:00 PM to May 21, 2017 04:00 PM Whychus-Deschutes,
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.
Camp Creek Riparian Restoration from Jun 01, 2017 05:00 PM to Jun 04, 2017 10:00 AM Malheur National Forest,
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.
Badlands Wilderness Trail Work along Oregon Desert Trail from Jun 02, 2017 05:00 PM to Jun 04, 2017 04:00 PM Badlands Wilderness,
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.
2017 Hampton Butte Aspen Restoration from Jun 08, 2017 05:00 PM to Jun 11, 2017 12:00 PM Hampton Buttes,
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.
Fremont National Recreation Trail Work along Oregon Desert Trail from Jun 22, 2017 12:00 PM to Jun 25, 2017 04:00 PM Badlands Wilderness,
Difficulty Rating: 5 of 5 June 22 (Thursday AM) to June 25 (Sunday PM) For the first year, ONDA has several opportunities for trail work along the Oregon Desert Trail (ODT) corridor. We will be clearing trees from the shared trail corridor in the Fremont National Forest with the help of a trained sawyer, brushing and maintaining the trail tread in a stunning ridge-top section of the Fremont National Recreation Trail.
Steens Mountain Wilderness Trail Work along Oregon Desert Trail (NOW FULL) from Aug 03, 2017 12:00 PM to Aug 07, 2017 04:00 PM Big Indian Gorge, Steens Mountain Wilderness,
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
Steens Mountain Wilderness Trail Work along Blitzen River Trail (NOW FULL) from Aug 17, 2017 05:00 PM to Aug 20, 2017 12:00 PM Donner und Blitzen River Trail, Steens Mountain Wilderness,
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.
Last Annual Steens Mountain Backcountry Fence Pull from Aug 23, 2017 05:00 PM to Aug 27, 2017 12:00 PM Steens,
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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