Golden Hour will be sponsoring two workshops in the first week of April.  We’re excited to be working with our partners at Garber Park Stewards on a couple of local workshops.  Both workshops will be fully outdoors and the public is always invited.  We always recommend an RSVP to ensure we’ll have enough tools and handouts.  Please email lech atsymbol

#1) Workshop on invasive plants: This is a basic workshop that will help students understand invasives, their impacts, and how to create stewardship projects that meet your goals.  Specifically catered for middle-school students at Royce School, Oakland.  Here’s the handout providing some basic information on invasives and also a native plant list of Garber Park.  We hope to use this workshop as a chance to have adults and instructors talk about their experience with this project and working with students.

#2) Workshop on Sudden Oak Death:  This advanced workshop will talk about the state of the science regarding Sudden Oak Death. We will translate our knowledge into stewardship as we talk about how to deter the spread of SOD at Garber Park.  The SOD Workshop PDF handout can be downloaded here.

UPDATE: Here is a report on the workshop from Garber Park Stewards with photos and insights.

Here’s the full announcement from the California Native Plant Society East Bay Newsletter – The Bay Leaf:

Saturday, April 7, 10 am-1 pm Citizen Science Workshop
Sudden Oak Death: The Current State of Understanding &
Strategies for Facing the Pathogen:

This 3 hour workshop, lead by Lech Naumovich, Golden
Hour Restoration Institute,, will lead
participants through Garber Park, a location with confirmed
Sudden Oak Death. In this portion of Claremont Canyon (a
particularly mesic portion of Claremont Canyon) the impact
on oaks can be catastrophic. This workshop will talk about
how to recognize infected oak trees, possible treatment, and
typical losses in the whole community. The workshop is based
on information and on-site consultation with UC Berkeley’s
Garbellotto lab
specializing in SOD research.
Bring a lunch and join us after the workshop as we continue
our conversation about Sudden Oak Death. For more
information and to register contact garberparkstewards@

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