Volunteer

ONDA

Each year, hundreds of volunteers work alongside Oregon Natural Desert Association to protect and restore the public lands of Oregon’s high desert.

There are many different ways to pitch in and help. You could restore streams, improve trails, mail thank you letters, attend meetings, welcome people at ONDA events and much more.

Your skills and passion are needed, your effort will be appreciated and we’d love to have you join our dynamic community!

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Oregon’s first desert wilderness

Oregon’s first desert wilderness

Steens Mountain: Oregon’s first desert wilderness

On October 30, 2000, Congress passed the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Act, finishing the work that had taken ONDA and the other members of the Steens-Alvord Coalition decades  

Steens Mountain is a land of startling contrasts: dramatic u-shaped

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Bobcat

Bobcat

Found only in North America, where it is the most common wildcat, the bobcat takes its common name from its stubby, or “bobbed,” tail. The cats range in length from two to four feet and weigh 14 to 29 pounds. Bobcats mainly hunt rabbits and hares, but they will also eat rodents, birds, bats, and even adult deer.

Latin name: Lynx rufus fasciatus

 

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Stewardship Pronghorn Fence

Stewardship Pronghorn Fence


Volunteer in Town

Our Bend and Portland offices rely on volunteers to assist with important outreach events and administrative tasks.

Complete the volunteer info form or email Caelin if you are interested in helping out in Central Oregon or email Corinne if you are interested in helping out in Portland or elsewhere on the west side.

Fill out our office and outreach volunteer application

 

Advocate for Public Lands

Another critical way you can volunteer in support of your public lands is to become an advocate. Email Gena if you are interested in writing letters to the editor or attending town halls, or consider taking part in our Public Land Leaders program.

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Volunteer in the Field

Hard-working ONDA volunteers have planted thousands of trees, restored dozens of miles of streams, and removed enough unneeded barbed wire from Oregon’s public lands to stretch from one end of Oregon to the other.

Stewardship Trips

Each year ONDA offers more than 30 field-based work trips to the most scenic landscapes in Oregon’s high desert. Our guided trips vary in length from one day to four days. In addition to completing helpful restoration projects, volunteers will camp, hike, and learn about conservation from ONDA’s knowledgeable staff.

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Independent Stewards

Interested in giving your high desert adventure a purpose? Our Independent Stewards program adds self-directed and highly customizable restoration-oriented volunteer opportunities to our slate of guided field-based work trips.

Fill out our monitoring volunteer form and tell us more about your interests.

Email Renee for more information. 

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Share Your Desert Images

Calling all photographers! You can use your creativity and talent to support conservation. ONDA invites you to submit your best shots of Oregon’s high desert for possible feature in our iconic Wild Desert Calendar.

Or, to share images at any time for use in our publications or social media, email our communications manager.  

Hit us with your best shot