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 »

  • Mission Blue Crew looking for a few good stewards

    We are very excited to announce that Golden Hour Restoration Institute is in its 3rd year of partnering with the San Francisco Rec and Parks Department and US Fish and Wildlife Service on an exciting project that will help restore federally threatened Mission Blue butterfly (Icaricia icarioides missionensis) habitat.  We have created a management program… Read more »

  • Mission Blue Restoration Work Celebrated in Bay Nature

    Here’s a link to a great article by Eric Simons of Bay Nature on the reintroduction work around the Mission Blue butterfly. Golden Hour has regular volunteer days with highly trained amateur lepidopterists and nature lovers who steward critical habitat for the blues. 

  • Grass ID course — Grasses of the Oakland Hills for EBRPD

    We’re very happy to be teaching a course on grasses of the Oakland Hills for East Bay Regional Park District. This course is catered for the professional and amateur who may have limited botanical knowledge allowing the student to then feel like they can competently ID at least a dozen grasses and be tuned into… Read more »

  • Restoration… of the website

    So we learned that invasive and (ob)noxious species also exist on the web, thus hacking our site. So we’re taking this as a sign that we need to update a few things, reorganize, reseed, and take note of resources we want to preserve and steward. So please be patient, there’s more to come. Thanks. -Lech

  • Bay Area Restoration Course, March 5-12-19

    BAY AREA RESTORATION COURSE A formal small group course and discussion on Restoration Ecology for professionals, volunteers and interested public   Bay Area Restoration (BAR) offers an academically-infused professional course on restoration principles, project design, and monitoring. The 3 day classroom-based course will interactively present the field of restoration, teach basic principles and ideas, and… Read more »

  • Fern ID and Regeneration Workshop at Garber Park, Oakland – Saturday Feb. 21

    We are excited to offer this unique workshop that combines ecological restoration with plant ID. Location: Garber Park, Oakland – 9:30am start on 2/21/15. Generously sponsored and hosted by the Claremont Canyon Conservancy and Garber Park Stewards.

  • Thank you to our Supporters and Donors! 2014 Annual Report

    2014 has been our most successful year ever! Service-based learning opportunities abounded throughout the Bay Area: – Mission Blue butterfly larvae were spotted by knowledgeable stewards – Living fascines were built with volunteer hands to reinforce areas of eroding soil – Youth in Richmond experienced their first (rainy) taste of one of the Bay’s richest… Read more »

  • California Native Plant Society 2015 Conservation Conference

    The 2015 CNPS conservation conference will be happening in San Jose from January 15 through the 17th. This conference only occurs once every three years, and its truly a wonderful event for all. I’ve been fortunate to serve as a conference steering committee member, session co-chair, workshop presenter and helped in various capacities as an organizer and presenter…. Read more »

  • Master Restoration Certification… still open

    We’re excited to announce that we have sent out letters of acceptance to a few of our new Master Restoration Certification Fellows. We still have a couple of spots open, so if you’re still interested, we’d love to hear from you. Please plant a seed and apply by Oct. 31.    

  • October 2nd Presentation: Mission Blue-SF

    Program: Restoration of Twin Peaks for Mission Blue Butterfly Habitat: Stories, Surprises and New Paradigms in Restoration Date: Thursday, October 02, 2014 7:30pm Speaker: Lech Naumovich Location: Recreation Room, Francisco County Fair Building