Eyes on Richmond and Point Molate: Will they do the right thing?

There exist a few magical secrets as incredible as Point Molate among the trillions of cubic yards of concrete of our heavily developed Bay Area urban areas.  Unfortunately, one developer has continued to push his personal agenda on Point Molate. Wetlands, osprey, coastal prairie, willow forests, and rare plants all abound in this coastal resource… Read more »

Announcing the 2018 Foundations in Restoration Course

We are excited to announce our 2018 Foundations in Restoration Course. We had an absolutely dynamo class in 2017 who in addition to completing the classroom time, also contributed over 150 volunteer hours at local projects. We covered rare butterflies, wetlands, pond turtles, soils, grant-writing, permits and much more over the course of our classroom… Read more »

Announcing the Richmond Ecological Restoration Instructional Program – RERIP

  We’re very excited to announce the Richmond Ecological Restoration Instructional Program (RERIP) for 2018! This program has been created with essential funding from the RICHMOND ENVIRONMENTAL & COMMUNITY INVESTMENT AGREEMENT (ECIA) COMMUNITY GRANT PROGRAM. This is a 7 week program that will cover some of the most essential field methods and information for ecologists… Read more »

Thankful hikes in Garber Park

As Thanksgiving for 2017 comes to a close, we at Golden Hour have much to be thankful for. Number one on our list is our volunteers and supporters. Almost every day, we step back and are thankful that all three of us at Golden Hour (Lech, Kate and Wyllie) are working a dream job, helping restore… Read more »

The California Native Plant Society Conservation Conference – Submit an Abstract – Register!

We’re honored to be participating in the 2018 CNPS Conservation Conference which will be located in Los Angeles this time. Lech Naumovich, our Executive Director, will be co-chairing the Restoration Sessions. Please consider sharing your experiences, research and conservation/restoration-based work! Hurry abstracts close on July 31st! Call for Abstracts for Oral and Poster Presentations California… Read more »

The Presidio Clarkia of 2017

Every year is a unique year for our federally endangered annual forb: Clarkia franciscana. Although there has been much research on this plant over the years, each year seems to always bring new surprises. This year the annual grasses germinated with warm, early rains of October. This was notable since those guilds tend to germinate earlier, with… Read more »

Program Assistant Intern Announcement

Interested in joining us as a program assistant? We have an internship we’re offering for a motivated, attention-detailed, multi-talented person. You are guaranteed to work with federally and state listed plants and animals, restoration plans, grant-writing and more. This is an ideal position for someone looking to enter the field and learn about various aspects… Read more »

The Foundations in Restoration Course is now accepting applications

Dear Friends and Partners, We want to make restoration ecology accessible to all who are interested and dedicated to on-the-ground conservation and restoration work. We’ve assembled 10 weeks of  course that will bridge anyone of biological inclination into an informed budding restoration ecologists with courses taught by some of the Bay Area’s best and brightest educators… Read more »

Butterflies, GIS and Ferns in January

Happy New Year and thank you all for your kind donations to help keep our organization thriving! We are happy to get going outdoors once this wonderful rain subsides. Here are 3 great opportunities to consider. Please contact us at workshops@goldenhour.org with any questions: a. On January 14th we’ll be out at Twin Peaks restoring… Read more »

Happy Holidays and Thank You for a Great 2016

As the calendar year draws to a close, winter finally feels present here in the Bay Area (yes, it does get cold here in California at least a few days a year). As we recount great workshops with new friends and old ones as well, we say thank you for your support and interest. We… Read more »

  • Stewarding our Critical Grasslands

    It’s an honor to be presenting at East Bay Regional Park District’s Stewardship seminar. We will present our work on the Serpentine Prairie in Redwood Park, which encompasses many years of data (7) including the tireless foundation work completed by Creekside Science.

  • Rare Plant Workshop Allows for Largest Reseeding Effort to Date

    Golden Hour Restoration Institute helped host an extremely successful rare plant habitat restoration and seed collection volunteer workshop was conducted at the East Bay Park District’s Serpentine Prairie. We were overwhelmed by the positive response for this workshop and ended up with 10 volunteers and 3 park staff attending the workday. We set a few… Read more »

  • Certificate Programs: Two Tiers, More Access

    After quite some time and reflection with the board, we’re revamping our Master Restoration Certificate Program. We’ve had success with this program, but aspire to provide access and an inviting experience to more interested students. Therefore, we are creating a Foundations of Restoration Certificate which will require 80 hours of work and courses as well as maintaining our Master Certification… Read more »

  • Point Molate Discussion on KPFA 94.1 at 2pm Friday July, 22

    Please tune into KPFA [94.1] this Friday at 2pm to hear an interview on Terra Verde regarding the recent clandestine proposal to develop one of the Bay Area’s most important unprotected conservation areas: Point Molate. Host Michelle Chan will be leading a discussion with Pam Stello of Citizens for a Sustainable Point Molate and Lech… Read more »

  • Point Molate Development Pressure Reignites Conservation Needs

    The former Point Molate Naval Fuel Depot is under development pressure once again. This unique ecological area is part of the San Pablo Peninsula which is at the western edge of the City of Richmond in California. Only a few years ago, a committed group of locals helped inform the public about a multi-million dollar… Read more »

  • East Bay Park District Grasslands Workshops a Big Success

    For the second year now, Golden Hour has been working with the East Bay Regional Park District on grass identification, grassland conservation and stewardship. We helped supply the education resources and EBRPD had the land! With that we successfully helped train park staff on the differences between say Bromus and Stipa, poked ourselves with lemma and glume awns… Read more »

  • Claremont Club & Spa Awards Golden Hour and Garber Park Stewards $9,225for Park Restoration and Stewardship

    We are thankful for the support of the Claremont Club and Spa [A Fairmont Hotel CARE Grant] which has awarded $9,225 to be spent for restoration and stewardship in Oakland’s Garber Park. The money will be utilized by Garber Park Stewards and Golden Hour Restoration Institute for a number of projects in concert with the… Read more »

  • In-Situ Fern Propogation and Restoration Workshop Oakland – Jan 16 – Only A Few Spots Remain

    We are excited to be kicking off the 2016 Garber Workshop series with a January fern propagation and ID course. This half day workshop will take you into the world of the fern and help you understand propagation and restoration techniques. RSVP required – only a few spots remain. Please read more below.    … Read more »

  • Thank you for a fabulous 2015!

    As we close out the calendar year, we wanted to say thank you to all of you who have helped make this a special year at Golden Hour Restoration Institute. The Fellows, the volunteers, the staff who have supported us at their various agencies, our board, and our donors who all are important parts of… Read more »

  • Master Restoration Certificate Fellows in Action

    We are very happy to have a fantastic group of first year Master Restoration Certificate (MRC) Fellows pursuing interests in conservation and restoration ecology. Interests for final projects vary from vulture behavior, to burrowing owls, to rare manzanitas, to highly invasive Cape Ivy management. As we continue to work towards graduating our first group, here’s… Read more »