Stewardship Trips

Feel like getting your hands dirty to keep the high desert healthy and thriving? You’ve come to the right place!
Oregon Natural Desert Association’s stewardship trips provide an incredible opportunity to help the wild lands and wildlife you love. Volunteer today!

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Oregon Desert Trail Map

Oregon Desert Trail Map

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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.

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Ryan “Dirtmonger” Sylva, ODT thru-hiker 2017

Ryan “Dirtmonger” Sylva, ODT thru-hiker 2017

“To me, it’s a thru-hike in an isolated place that promotes a conversation in land management, ethics and usage. Hiking across a vast and remote landscape and having a random and chance encounter with cowboys and hunters to discuss how ‘all of us’ should treat the land, how we all have a responsibility, no matter our political leanings, really showed me the pulse of the people in rural areas, especially here out west.”

2020 Trip Schedule

Our Clarno willow harvests are currently available for registration. Registration for all other trips will open on February 24, 2020.

Dates
Trip Name
Region
Leader
Difficulty
FEBRUARY
February 16 Clarno Willow Harvest #1 John Day Basin Uplands Coordinator 1
February 29 Clarno Willow Harvest #2 John Day Basin Uplands Coordinator 1
MARCH
March 5 Clarno Willow Harvest #3 John Day Basin Jefferson Jacobs 1
March 10 Badlands Wilderness Stewardship #1 Central Oregon Uplands Coordinator 3
March 13 Clarno Willow Harvest #4 John Day Basin Jefferson Jacobs 1
March 30 – April 2 Denny Jones Ranch Restoration #1 Malheur River Basin Ben Gordon 3
APRIL
April 2-5 Hart Mountain Lek Monitoring Hart-Sheldon Jeremy Austin 3
April 9-12 Cottonwood Canyon Riparian Restoration John Day Basin Uplands Coordinator 2
April 14 Badlands Wilderness Stewardship #2 Central Oregon Uplands Coordinator 3
April 17-19 Annual General Meeting John Day Basin Jefferson Jacobs 2
April 22-23 Deschutes River Ranch Riparian Restoration Central Oregon Jefferson Jacobs 1
April 30-May 3 South Fork Crooked Riparian Planting South Fork Crooked River Watershed Jefferson Jacobs 2
MAY
May 5-8 West Summit Creek Planting Malheur River Basin Uplands Coordinator 3
May 11-14 Denny Jones Ranch Restoration #2 Malheur River Basin Ben Gordon 3
May 12 Badlands Wilderness Stewardship #3 Central Oregon Uplands Coordinator 3
May 18-21 Owyhee Canyonlands Fence Removal Owyhee Canyonlands Uplands Coordinator 3
May 29-31 Sutton Mountain Campout John Day Watershed Renee Patrick 1
JUNE
June 8-11 South Fork WSA Fence Build #1 South Fork Crooked River Watershed Uplands Coordinator 5
June 16 Badlands Wilderness Stewardship #4 Central Oregon Uplands Coordinator 3
June 25-28 Fremont National Recreation Trail Work along Oregon Desert Trail Hart Sheldon Renee Patrick 3
JULY
July 16-19 Hay Creek BDA Construction #1 John Day Watershed Jefferson Jacobs 4
July 21-26 Steens Mountain Wilderness Trail Work along Big Indian Gorge Steens Mountain Renee Patrick 5
AUGUST
August 6-9 Hay Creek BDA Construction #2 John Day Watershed Jefferson Jacobs 4
August 27-30 Hay Creek BDA Construction #3 John Day Watershed Jefferson Jacobs 4
August 31 – September 3 Logan Valley Restoration for Keen Employees Malheur River Basin Ben Gordon 2
SEPTEMBER
September 3-6 South Fork WSA Fence Build #2 South Fork Crooked River Watershed Uplands Coordinator 5
September 8 Badlands Wilderness Stewardship #5 Central Oregon Uplands Coordinator 3
September 17-20 South Fork WSA Fence Build #3 South Fork Crooked River Watershed Uplands Coordinator 5
September 24-27 Hay Creek Riparian Planting #1 John Day Watershed Jefferson Jacobs 3
OCTOBER
October 5-8 John Day Fossil Beds Fence Retrofit John Day Watershed Uplands Coordinator 4
October 8-11 Hay Creek Riparian Planting #2 John Day Watershed Jefferson Jacobs 3
October 13 Badlands Wilderness Stewardship #6 Central Oregon Uplands Coordinator 3
October 19-22 Denny Jones Ranch Restoration #3 Malheur River Basin Uplands Coordinator 3
NOVEMBER
November 9-12 Malheur Refuge Fence Pull Malheur Lake Basin Uplands Coordinator 3
November 17 Badlands Wilderness Stewardship #7 Central Oregon Uplands Coordinator 3
DECEMBER
December 8 Badlands Wilderness Stewardship #8 Central Oregon Uplands Coordinator 3

ONDA’s stewardship and restoration work is generously supported by many individuals, dozens of business members and a number of foundations and agencies, including The Autzen Foundation, Clif Bar Family Foundation, Charlotte Martin Foundation, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation, National Forest Foundation, The North Face Explore Fund, Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon State Parks, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, REI, Travel Oregon and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Learn more about our Trip Difficulty Ratings.

Check out our Independent Stewards program.

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Independent Stewards

Oregon Natural Desert Association’s Independent Stewards program offers volunteers a self-directed option for promoting a healthy high desert in addition to our structured option of guided stewardship trips. ONDA provides participants with resources and specific assignments; they learn new skills and complete critical tasks while giving their high desert adventures an elevated purpose.

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Scenes from 2019 Stewardship Trips

Volunteering on an ONDA stewardship offers you a whole new perspective on the wonders of Oregon’s high desert.

Up in the predawn light to monitor a sage-grouse lek

Darin Swanson

Lunch breaks with expansive views

Mark Darnell

Clearing trails to keep hikers safe

Michele Patrick

Goofing around in the mid-day summer sun

Lisa Foster

Learning new skills and working together

Elizabeth McLagen