High Desert Academy

Updated 5/5 with links to the recorded presentations


I had a full slate of presentations I was planning to give this spring, but like everything else lately, I’ve had to adjust to the new realities of a home-bound existence. I am lucky enough to still be working full-time, and have plenty of fun engaging projects to work on. I’m definitely pining for the hikes I was supposed to do this spring in eastern Oregon, and the communities I was planning on visiting. I am scheduled to led a number of stewardship trips this year, and it’s looking less likely that I’ll be able to do that.

So it’s exciting that ONDA is looking for ways to bring Oregon’s high desert to you.

We launched our High Desert Academy last week. This series will include stunning tours of high desert highlights, informative workshops that will teach you new advocacy skills, and tips to plan a safe and enjoyable desert adventure once it’s advisable to do so.  So grab a quaranTINI and join us at these High Desert Academy offerings.

Check out the full lineup here and join us!

I’ll be giving three talks in April:

Desert Hiking Tips & Trips

Do you have concerns about water, navigation, camping, animals, desert driving and more? We’ll answer your questions and offer ideas for your next adventure in Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands and beyond.
View the recording

Multi-Sport Adventures on the Oregon Desert Trail

The Oregon Desert Trail is not just made for hiking. Did you know there are sections that you can bike, paddle, horseback ride, and even ski in the winter? Join us as we dive into different options for “quiet recreation” on the public lands throughout Oregon’s high desert.
View the recording

Boots, Bikes, and Boats in Eastern Oregon

Go east on this virtual tour for a new desert adventure and a sense of solitude. You’ll learn about recreation and conservation opportunities in and around the Steens Mountain Wilderness, Fremont-Winema National Forest and the John Day River Basin.
View the recording

Maybe I’ll see you there!

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