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Oregon Natural Desert Association
Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) exists to protect, defend and restore Oregon’s high desert. In partnership with more than 4,500 members and supporters, ONDA is the only group dedicated exclusively to the preservation of Oregon’s high desert.
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Monday, April 25, 2016 from 7-8:30pm
In the fourth and final presentation of ONDA’s High Desert Speaker Series in Portland, ONDA Stewardship Director Ben Gordon will reveal some of the most spectacular (and shockingly overlooked) areas of Oregon’s signature wild and scenic river: the John Day. From Sutton Mountain to Spring Basin and the lower John Day, Ben will share what makes these lands an unparalleled place worth protecting for generations to come. The event will take place at Portland's First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Avenue in the Park Blocks. The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, please register on Eventbrite to reserve seats.
Monday, March 28, 2016 from 7-8:30pm
In the third installment of the Portland edition of ONDA’s High Desert Speaker Series, Dr. Tom Connolly shares his experiences as one of Oregon’s preeminent cultural anthropologists. From incipient agriculture to paleoenvironmental studies and geoarchaeology to cultural resource management, Dr. Connolly has a special understanding of the high desert’s unique archaeological features. Archaeological work over the past two decades, and continuing study of museum collections made decades ago, are providing new insights on Oregon’s first peoples. Dr. Connolly outlines recent studies that have pushed back evidence for the earliest human presence in the region to about 15,000 years ago, and reviews museum specimens for a clearer understanding of the timing and range of key ancient cultural traditions. Join us as Dr. Connolly takes us on a journey thousands of years in the making. The event will take place at Portland's First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Avenue in the Park Blocks. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited; please pre-register on Eventbrite.
Monday, February 22, 2016 from 7-8:30pm
In this second installment of ONDA’s High Desert Speaker Series in Portland, award-winning veteran producer Ed Jahn will take you on a journey through some of the most awe-inspiring lands of Oregon’s high desert. From spectacular canyons to rushing rivers, Ed will share amazing clips from his more than 15 years with OPB’s Oregon Field Guide. Don’t miss this opportunity to escape the rain and hear firsthand experiences from one of Oregon’s most exciting journalists. Join us for an evening highlighting the best of your high desert. The event will take place at Portland's First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Avenue in the Park Blocks. The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited - please pre-register on Eventbrite.