2023 Stewardship Trip Registration

Kevin Clark


Thank you for your interest in participating in an ONDA trip. We will respond to your complete submission within 2 weeks with an e-mail letting you know if you have been registered for the trip or have a spot on the waitlist. Additional details about the group stewardship trip will be emailed to you a few weeks before the event. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

In 2023 ONDA will have multiple registration periods for seasonal trips; however you will only need to fill out the full form once. A short form will be available for those registering for a second or third time.

Project Deposits

It takes a great deal of effort to plan each of our projects, and we have lofty objectives tied to the projects we design. To ensure that we have full trips, we are asking volunteers to make a $25 deposit for group trips to show their commitment to attending each trip they sign up for.

Please remember that project deposits are refundable. Once you complete your volunteer project with ONDA, you will have the option to request a refund or donate your deposit.


If you cancel less than one month before the project start date, your deposit will be considered a donation to ONDA’s Stewardship Program and will be used to offset the hardship of backfilling your space. Thank you for your understanding.


We ask for this information so that our trip staff will know in advance of any special medical conditions you may have. These questions are NOT used to screen trip participants; however, the leader may contact you to discuss whether the trip(s) you have registered for will be safe and enjoyable for you. This form is confidential, seen only by ONDA trip leaders.

COVID Vaccination Policy

ONDA strongly encourages volunteers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to safeguard the health of our employees and volunteers, their families, and the communities in which we live and work. All ONDA staff are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted.

Vaccination no longer required: Effective January 1, 2023, volunteers participating in group stewardship trips will no longer be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. However, we will continue to offer masks to volunteers for carpooling or other activities when volunteers will be in close proximity to one another. If you have any concerns about staying healthy while volunteering, please contact your trip leader or Gena Goodman-Campbell, stewardship program director, to discuss options for accommodating your needs on group trips or independent projects.


Reid Williams, 2021 Conservationist of the Year

Reid Williams, 2021 Conservationist of the Year

How far are you willing to hike for conservation? Reid Williams offered to put in more than 20 miles a day, by himself, walking and monitoring fence lines on Beatys Butte. And that was on top of weekly visits to the ONDA office, where he is always eager to help with extra projects. In acknowledgment of his willingness and helpful spirit, ONDA named him our 2021 Conservationist of the Year.


What defines Oregon’s high desert?

What defines Oregon’s high desert?

Bounded by the Cascade Mountains to the west and the Blue Mountains to the north, Oregon’s high desert covers approximately 24,000 square miles. Annual rainfall in the high desert varies from 5 to 14 inches. The average elevation is 4,000 feet; at 9,733 feet, the summit of Steens Mountain is the highest point in Oregon’s high desert. The terrain of the high desert was mostly formed by a series of lava flows that occurred between 30 and 10 million years ago.

Sources: The Oregon Encyclopedia; Wikipedia  


Chad Brown on Fly Fishing

Chad Brown on Fly Fishing

For those volunteers who already filled out the full registration form for Winter or Spring 2023 trips, you can fill out this short form for the Fall registration period.

2023 Fall Stewardship Registration Form

Allow about 10 minutes to complete all the information; the form can be saved and returned to.

You will need to complete all three sections: 1) your information, 2) project selection, 3) participation waiver.

In 2023 ONDA will have three registration periods for seasonal trips; however you will only need to fill out the full form once. A short form will be available for those registering for a second or third time.
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Please ensure the email address entered here is unique to you. If you enter the same e mail address as another ONDA contact (likely a spouse or family member) it will cause a significant delay in processing your form.
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Do you have a suspended license, have you had a DUI/DWI within the past 7 years, or three moving violations within the last 3 years? (required)
Emergency Contact Information
Medical Information
Please describe your reactions (severity and symptoms) to each, and if you carry an anaphylaxis kit.
Physical limitations, medical conditions or restrictions (required):
mm/dd/yyyy (form will not be accepted if date is not in this format.)
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Project Selection
Please indicate the group stewardship trip or independent stewards project you are interested in joining. Your $25 per trip deposit (for each group trip - independent projects have no deposit this year) will be calculated automatically.
Payment Information
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Please read carefully before completing - This is a release of liability and a release of certain legal rights
In consideration for my being permitted by the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) to participate in the various activities that take place in the backcountry and wilderness regions of Oregon, I agree to the following waiver and release: I acknowledge that backcountry and wilderness travel, activities and work projects have inherent risks, hazards and dangers that cannot be eliminated, particularly in a wilderness environment. I understand that these risks, hazards and dangers include without limitation:
  1. Risks arising from any activities in areas where no outside services are available or provided; where rescue and advanced medical care and services are limited and will be slow, if available at all; where trail or road conditions vary, are not maintained or controlled and are unpredictable and changeable; where hazards may not be obvious or visible; where weather is changeable and unpredictable;
  2. Risks involved in decision making and route finding in a wilderness environment; and
  3. Such other risks, hazards and dangers that are integral to wilderness travel and any and all outdoor sports and activities that take place in a wilderness environment such as hiking, climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, working, trail construction and repair.
I have read and understand the information provided by ONDA regarding the activities, work projects, and travel to and from the areas for such activities and projects and also acknowledge that ONDA staff has been available to more fully explain to me the risks, hazards and dangers of the subject activities and projects. I understand that participation in the travel, activities, and projects in a wilderness environment may require good physical conditioning and a degree of skill and knowledge different from other activities. I understand that I have responsibilities as a backcountry user. I am voluntarily participating in the activities and projects of ONDA with full knowledge of the inherent risks, hazards and dangers involved and hereby assume and accept any and all risks of injury, paralysis or death.
Lastly, for myself, my heirs, successors and executors, I hereby knowingly and intentionally waive and release, indemnify and hold harmless ONDA, its directors, officers, agents and employees, from and against any and all claims, actions, causes of action, liabilities, suits, expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees) and Negligence of any kind or nature, whether foreseen or unforeseen, arising directly or indirectly out of any damage, loss, injury, paralysis, or death to me or my property as a result of my participation in the activities and projects of the ONDA, the use of its information services and traveling in a wilderness environment from Negligence of ONDA, its directors, officers, agents or employees, or from some other cause. I further agree not to sue ONDA as a result of any injury, paralysis or death that may occur while participating in its activities or projects.
Photo release: ONDA frequently uses photos of, and by, volunteers in ONDA’s newsletter, web and print publications. I allow ONDA to use any photos I appear in or have provided to ONDA.
I have carefully read, clearly understand and voluntarily sign this statement of understanding and assumption of risk.