Stewardship Trips

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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Helen Harbin on Wildlife

Helen Harbin on Wildlife

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Spring Basin Wilderness

Spring Basin Wilderness

Spring Basin Wilderness

With 10,000 acres of undulating terrain, secluded canyons and spectacular vantages of the John Day Country, Spring Basin is magnificent to explore This public treasure, forever protected as Wilderness, offers a profusion of desert wildflowers in the spring and year-round recreational opportunities for hikers, horseback

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Great Basin Spadefoot Toads – a sleepy chorus

Great Basin Spadefoot Toads – a sleepy chorus

2019 Trip Schedule

ONDA runs trips from February through November each year. (And sometimes December and January, too). See the list of upcoming trips below.
If you plan to sign up for more than one trip, you can follow the apply now link from any trip and check the boxes for all the trips you wish to apply for.

Dates

Trip Name

Region

Leader

Difficulty

MAY
May 2-5 Jake Place Planting #1 Crooked River Basin Jefferson Jacobs 2
May 9-12 Cottonwood Canyon BDA Install #1 John Day River Basin Jefferson Jacobs 3
May 13-17 Denny Jones Ranch Restoration #2 Malheur River Basin Ben Gordon 2
May 14-17 John Day Fossil Beds National Monument Fence Retrofit John Day River Basin Lisa Foster 4
May 17-19 Spring Basin Trail Inventory John Day River Basin Renee Patrick 4
May 23-26 High Lakes Fence Pull Greater Hart-Sheldon Region Jeremy Austin 4

 

JUNE
June 6-9 South Fork WSA Fence Build #1 Crooked River Basin Lisa Foster 5+
June 27-30 Fremont National Recreation Trail Work  Greater Hart-Sheldon Region Renee Patrick 5
JULY
July 10-15 Steens Mountain Wilderness Big Indian Gorge Trail Work Steens Mountain Region Renee Patrick 5
July 18-21 Steens Mountain Fence Flagging with BHA Steens Mountain Region Lisa Foster 3
AUGUST
August 8-11 Cottonwood Canyon BDA Install #2 John Day River Basin Jefferson Jacobs 3
August 22-25 Cottonwood Canyon BDA Install #3 John Day River Basin Jefferson Jacobs 3
August 26-29 Malheur Refuge Fence Mapping  Steens Mountain Region Lisa Foster 2
SEPTEMBER
Sept 9-12 South Fork WSA Fence Build #2 Crooked River Basin Lisa Foster 5+
Sept 9-13 Steens Mountain Wilderness Nye Trail Work Steens Mountain Region Renee Patrick 5
Sept 17-20 Pine Creek Restoration (for KEEN employees) John Day River Basin Ben Gordon 3
Sept 27-29 Fremont National Recreation Trail work for National Public Lands Day Greater Hart-Sheldon Region Renee Patrick 3
Sept 30-Oct 3 Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Fence Pull Steens Mountain Region Lisa Foster 3
OCTOBER
Oct 10-13 Jake Place Planting #2 Crooked River Basin Jefferson Jacobs 3
Oct 14-17 Denny Jones Ranch Restoration #3 Malheur River Basin Ben Gordon 3
Oct 14-17 Camp Creek Planting Malheur National Forest Lisa Foster 3
Oct 22-23 Cottonwood Canyon Exclosure Build John Day River Basin Jefferson Jacobs 3
NOVEMBER
Nov 1-4 Cottonwood Canyon Planting John Day River Basin Jefferson Jacobs 3
Nov 4-7 Clear Creek Planting Malheur National Forest Lisa Foster 3
Nov 13-15 Deschutes/Tumalo Planting Deschutes River Basin Jefferson Jacobs 2

ONDA’s stewardship and restoration work is generously supported by many individuals, dozens of business members and American Hiking Society, Clabough Foundation, Clif Bar Family Foundation, Charlotte Martin Foundation, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, The Mazamas, National Forest Foundation, Oregon State Parks, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, REI, Rockwell Collins and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Learn more about our Trip Difficulty Ratings.

Looking for something a little different than our stewardship trips? 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 2018 Stewardship Trips

Thank you for making 2018 a resounding success!

Thank you for making 2018 a resounding success!

Thank you for making 2018 a resounding success!

Thank you for making 2018 a resounding success!

Thank you for making 2018 a resounding success!