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 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 »

  • 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

  • Master Restoration Certificate Program

    We are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for our 2014-2015 Fall Master Restoration Certificate. This program aims to be a welcoming and professional way to jump-start your career as a restoration/conservation practitioner with a community of students striving towards similar goals. Whether you want to acquire the tools to become an employable land… Read more »

  • Restoration Session at the 2015 CA Native Plant Society Conservation Conference

    We’re honored and excited to be co-chairing the Restoration sessions of the 2015 CNPS Conservation Conference with Bruce Orr of Stillwater Science. We already have an exciting group of abstracts, but we’re hoping to get a few more to fill in some content goals. Please read below and see if you might have something to… Read more »

  • Botanists – Plant Hunters – Outdoor Enthusiasts: What to find and collect in the East Bay

    We have compiled a list of 119 plant taxa from Alameda and Contra Costa Counties (East Bay), California which need to be vouchered. Data was extracted from Ertter and Naumovich’s 2013 Annotated Checklist of the Flora of the East Bay. All plants presented in this list are from the “main list” of the Flora. Note: codes and abbreviations are… Read more »

  • Stewardship-Palooza: Bay Area Open Space Council Gathering

    We are honored to be working with the exceptionally talented Bay Area Open Space Council staff on a meeting that features a wide variety of talented organizations that have unique perspectives to bring to stewardship of our Bay Area lands. Lech Naumovich from Golden Hour Restoration Institute will be moderating the discussion.   Our goal… Read more »

  • Master Restoration certificate survey extended to Friday

    a href=””img title=”1.jpg” class=”alignnone size-full” alt=”image” src=”” //a Due to an overwhelming response via email and by phone, we will be extending the survey window until this Friday, 3/14/14. We wanted to thank everybody for their input so far, it has been enlightening and extremely helpful. Thank you for spreading the word about the survey… Read more »

  • Master Restoration Certificate: Survey Open until March 10

    First of all I wanted to thank you all for your patience and support of the Master Restoration Certificate. As we [excitedly] work towards putting together the inaugural Master Restoration Certification course, I wanted to gather your critical opinions about such a program in a short 5 minute survey (if this survey is pertinent to… Read more »