Group Volunteer Opportunities

ONDA

Is your school or community group, hiking club, or business interested in volunteering with ONDA?

Fill out the interest form below to let us know a little more about your group and what type of project you are interested in. Please note: we work across Oregon’s high desert on a limited number of restoration projects each year and plan our work well in advance. Projects that meet your group’s needs may take several months to line up with our restoration schedule. Six to 12 months notice is ideal.

Our stewardship projects occur across eastern Oregon and focus on river and stream (riparian) restoration, uplands sagebrush restoration, wildlands monitoring and trail maintenance. Learn more about the areas we work and the types of restoration projects we do. We have several models for stewardship projects:

  • Independent Stewards projects: Your group takes on an independent project assignment, ranging from wildlands monitoring to adopting a section of trail to maintain. We’ll provide all the details and materials you’ll need to complete the project, you organize your group and go out to the field on your schedule within the project timeframe.
  • Onsite trips for community groups: We’ll work with you to determine if one of our planned restoration projects is a good match for your group’s interests and availability. You’ll organize the participants and coordinate transportation logistics and ONDA stewardship staff will meet you on site to provide tools and training for a work day in the field. Advance notice helps us plan, so please fill out the form below if you’re interested in these trips.
  • Custom one day or multiday trips for businesses: If you want a custom trip built around your business’s interests and schedule, consider becoming a business member. Visit our Business Members page to learn more. Business members support critical conservation and restoration efforts across Oregon’s high desert, providing essential habitat for fish and wildlife and wild places for all people to treasure and explore, now and always. These trips require advance planning and will be available again in 2022, so please let us know now if you’re interested.

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Ursula K. Le Guin on ONDA

Ursula K. Le Guin on ONDA

“Nothing in conservation work is ever uncomplicated! But I’m proud of ONDA for working on that conversation, being neighborly, trying to include the human landscape in the natural one as truly part of what is to be honored, protected, and saved.”

Ursula K. Le Guin, from the short essay Concerning a Wilderness

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Scott Bowler, ONDA member from Portland

Scott Bowler, ONDA member from Portland

The desert speaks for itself, but very softly. I support ONDA to promote and enable discovery of the amazing beauty and recreational opportunities of the high desert by much broader groups of people; and most especially to protect forever the full and diverse landscape of the Owyhee Canyonlands, a place without parallel or equal in our country.”

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Connecting Trails

Connecting Trails

The Oregon Desert Trail ties into two National Recreation Trails: the Fremont National Recreation Trail and Desert Trail.