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

You might find yourself restoring streams, improving trails, mailing thank you letters, attending meetings, or welcoming people at ONDA events. With many different ways to pitch in and help, your effort, skills and passion are needed and appreciated. We’d love to have you join our vibrant community of desert advocates.


Julie Weikel on Wilderness

Julie Weikel on Wilderness


Stewardship Fence Building Timelapse

Stewardship Fence Building Timelapse


Aaron Tani, Sage Society Member

Aaron Tani, Sage Society Member

“It feels good to support ONDA on a monthly basis, because I know they never stop supporting our public lands. ONDA works to help make our lands a better place for the future, and I feel like I’m a part of that every month with my support.”

In the Desert

Our 2023 group stewardship trips and independent stewards projects are open for registration.

Join a trip or project today

Using Your Voice

Another critical way you can volunteer in support of your public lands is to become an advocate and your use voice to urge key decision makers to prioritize desert conservation.

You can get on ONDA’s action alert list by subscribing to ONDA’s e-newsletter.

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At the Office and Events

Typically, ONDA works with many volunteers throughout the year who play an integral part in our outreach and events. We appreciate volunteers to assist with events, like those listed below. To join our list of office and event volunteers in either Bend or Portland, please fill out the volunteer interest form below, or email our team to learn more.

Upcoming Office Volunteering
  • Wild Desert Calendar Mailing Team: Spend 2-3 hours each week from September through the end of the year mailing calendars to our buyers. Commit weekly through December or sign up for just a few weeks. Flexible scheduling available. No computer experience necessary.
  • Wednesday Office Crew: Every Wednesday, volunteers assist with mailing, data entry, and a variety of other administrative tasks. Prefer to volunteer on a different day? Just let us know, and we can be flexible with scheduling. Computer and non-computer options available.
  • Calendar Assembly Party: Thursday, September 28, 2-6 p.m. Enjoy food, drinks and a sneak peek of the amazing images featured in this year’s Wild Desert Calendar. Our festive group will count, sort and add inserts to the Wild Desert Calendar that will be shipped and sold by retail vendors around the state. No experience necessary.
Upcoming Event Volunteering
  • Wild & Scenic Film Festival: Friday, September 29, 4-8:30 p.m. Tower Theatre, downtown Bend, OR. Volunteers will share information with event guests, sell raffle tickets, and encourage attendees to give, advocate and volunteer. Enjoy the event for free when you volunteer!
  • 2023 Wild Desert Calendar Release Party: Friday, November 3. Immersion Brewing Barrel Room, Bend, OR. Celebrate the release of ONDA’s Wild Desert Calendar. Meet the photographers featured in the calendar while setting up and breaking down, sharing information about ONDA and connecting community members to our conservation work.
  • High Desert Hootenanny: Friday, December 8. Aspen Hall, Bend, OR. Join ONDA, friends and supporters in celebrating Oregon’s high desert and the conservation successes you’ve achieved this year. Volunteers will set up, break down and share information about ONDA.


Office and Events Volunteer Application Form

With a Group

ONDA also works with school groups, community organizations, and businesses that want to volunteer together.

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