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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Bitteroot

Bitteroot

Bitteroot blooms on north-facing cliffs in western North America.

The Paiute name for bitteroot is kangedya. Traditional Native American uses of the plant included eating the roots, mixed with berries and meat, and using the roots to treat sore throats.

 

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Central Oregon’s “Backyard Wilderness”

Central Oregon’s “Backyard Wilderness”

Our quest to protect the Oregon Badlands

Located just 15 miles east of Bend, Oregon Badlands is a 30,000-acre wilderness area filled with fascinating lava flows and ancient juniper trees Arriving in the Badlands, so named for its rugged and harsh terrain, can feel like stepping

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Helen Harbin, ONDA Board Member

Helen Harbin, ONDA Board Member

“I connect with Oregon’s high desert through my feet, my eyes, my sense of smell, and all the things I hear. Getting out there is a whole body experience.” Supporting ONDA, Helen says, not only connects her with wild landscapes, but is also a good investment. “I felt like if I gave them $20, they might squeeze $23 out of it.”

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 Beth Macinko 1
MARCH
March 5 Clarno Willow Harvest #3 John Day Basin Jefferson Jacobs 1
March 10 Badlands Wilderness Stewardship #1 Central Oregon Beth Macinko 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 Beth Macinko 2
April 14 Badlands Wilderness Stewardship #2 Central Oregon Beth Macinko 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 Beth Macinko 3
May 11-14 Denny Jones Ranch Restoration #2 Malheur River Basin Ben Gordon 3
May 12 Badlands Wilderness Stewardship #3 Central Oregon Beth Macinko 3
May 18-21 Owyhee Canyonlands Fence Removal Owyhee Canyonlands Beth Macinko 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 Beth Macinko 5
June 16 Badlands Wilderness Stewardship #4 Central Oregon Beth Macinko 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 3
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 3
August 27-30 Hay Creek BDA Construction #3 John Day Watershed Jefferson Jacobs 3
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 Beth Macinko 5
September 8 Badlands Wilderness Stewardship #5 Central Oregon Beth Macinko 3
September 17-20 South Fork WSA Fence Build #3 South Fork Crooked River Watershed Beth Macinko 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 Beth Macinko 4
October 8-11 Hay Creek Riparian Planting #2 John Day Watershed Jefferson Jacobs 3
October 13 Badlands Wilderness Stewardship #6 Central Oregon Beth Macinko 3
October 19-22 Denny Jones Ranch Restoration #3 Malheur River Basin Beth Macinko 3
NOVEMBER
November 9-12 Malheur Refuge Fence Pull Malheur Lake Basin Beth Macinko 3
November 17 Badlands Wilderness Stewardship #7 Central Oregon Beth Macinko 3
DECEMBER
December 8 Badlands Wilderness Stewardship #8 Central Oregon Beth Macinko 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