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High Desert Speaker Series finale in Bend

Get the inside scoop on central Oregon's high desert treasures

The Oregon Natural Desert Association's High Desert Speaker Series finale in Bend takes place on April 26 at 7 p.m. with a special presentation from ONDA Central Oregon Wilderness Coordinator Gena Goodman-Campbell.
High Desert Speaker Series finale in Bend

Gena Goodman-Campbell has worked with ONDA to protect central Oregon wild lands for nearly 10 years.

Apr 01, 2016


The Oregon Natural Desert Association’s High Desert Speaker Series continues in Bend on April 26 at 7 p.m. with a special presentation from ONDA Central Oregon Wilderness Coordinator Gena Goodman-Campbell.

With nearly a decade of experience working to protect incredible desert wild lands just a short drive from Bend, Gena will share where to plan your next trip as well as what you can do to protect Oregon’s high desert for future generations.

Registration is now open for the popular speaker series. The event is free and open to the public, and guests are asked to reserve their seats using Eventbrite at Guests are encouraged to act quickly, as seats go fast. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Stone Church, 157 NW Franklin St.

"Even after 10 years exploring Central Oregon's high desert, I still find something that surprises me every time I visit," says Goodman-Campbell. "I'm looking forward to sharing about some of my favorite places in our high desert, and showing people how they can get out and experience the remarkable gems right in our backyard."

One of the places you'll hear about is Whychus-Deschutes, an oasis of deep canyons and abundant springs that provides critical habitat for native fish like bull trout.

This year’s speaker series has proved incredibly popular with a variety of featured topics from the best of birding to ancient artifacts and high desert human history.

“After the runaway success of last year’s series, we knew we wanted to expand the program for 2016,” said Brent Fenty, ONDA executive director. “There’s so much in the desert to explore – from wildflowers to human history to where to hike and fish – and it’s clear people are excited to learn more about a lesser-known area of the state.”

Goodman-Campbell knows intimately some of the more remote landscapes in central Oregon. She joined ONDA as the Badlands Wilderness Coordinator in 2007 and played an instrumental role in the creating the Oregon Badlands Wilderness just east of Bend in 2009. Since then, she has focused her time on protecting more desert wilderness in central Oregon.

The Oregon Natural Desert Association is a Bend-based nonprofit organization that has worked to protect, defend and restore Oregon’s high desert for almost 30 years. We work to protect stunning, ecologically significant areas in the Central Oregon Backcountry, John Day River Basin, Greater Hart-Sheldon Region and the Owyhee Canyonlands. Learn more at or about the event at


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