2024 Stewardship Trips and Projects

Ready to get out into the desert and give it some care?

Oregon Natural Desert Association would love to see you on one of the dozens of stewardship trips and independent stewardship projects that we host. With options ranging from weekday to weekend trips, single-day to multi-day trips, front country to backcountry trips and projects taking place all throughout Oregon’s high desert, we hope you find something that is just right for you among this variety of opportunities.

Here are a few items to note:

  • Some of our projects are available for registration now, and some will open for registration later in the year.
  • This year ONDA will have two 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 time.
  • If there are openings that need to be filled, we will communicate those opportunities via our e-newsletter.
  • Should you need special accommodations to attend an ONDA group trip or independent project, please let us know. We want to provide everyone with the opportunity to spend some quality time in the desert, contributing to the restoration, conservation and stewardship work at ONDA.
  • ONDA trips and projects involve varying levels of physical activity. Trip difficulty is rated from 1 to 5 for each trip. You can find a description of what each of these levels means on our trip difficulty ratings page.
  • Dogs are not allowed on group stewardship trips, but you are welcome to bring your dog on independent projects.
  • Have questions? Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Stewardship Pronghorn Fence

Stewardship Pronghorn Fence

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Durlin Hicock, Alice Elshoff Award winner

Durlin Hicock, Alice Elshoff Award winner

“Protecting public land is part of my spiritual being. It’s central to my identity to be in wilderness and to see it protected.” Durlin is proud to protect public lands for future generations, saying, “The highlight of my childhood was our family’s weekend outdoor trips. I look forward to my grandchildren having similar experiences outside in their lifetimes, and it wouldn’t be possible without ONDA.”

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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.”

Dates Difficulty Project Title Trip Leader Registration
March 6 2 Reynolds Pond Accessible Trail Construction Sarah Lindsay Opens Feb 20
April 12-14 4 Pine Creek Conservation Area Spring Restoration #1 Gena Goodman-Campbell Opens Feb 20
April 19-21 4 Pine Creek Conservation Area Spring Restoration #2 Sarah Lindsay Opens Feb 20
April 25-28 5 North Springs Fence Exclosure Fence #1 Jefferson Jacobs Opens Feb 20
May 3-5 3 Pine Creek Conservation Area Spring Restoration #3 Gena Goodman-Campbell Opens Feb 20
May 16-19 4 North Springs Mesic Restoration Jefferson Jacobs Opens Feb 20
May 16-19 2 Summit Creek Planting Sarah Lindsay Opens Feb 20
May 30-June 2 4 South Fork Exclosure Fence Repair Sarah Lindsay Opens Feb 20
Feb-Dec 1-3 Badlands Wilderness Recreation Monitoring Independent Opens Feb 20
April-Nov 5 Oregon Desert Trail Impact Monitoring Independent Opens Feb 20
May-Oct 4 Malheur Wild and Scenic River Monitoring Independent Opens Feb 20