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 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Point Molate: Goat Grazing as a Restoration Tool?

    Point Molate is an intriguing landscape. In one direction, pristine native coastal grasslands surrounded by patches of native coast scrub. In other areas, dense, decadent eucalpytus forest towers over a seemingly monocultural understory of French broom. In other areas – 99% French Broom cover from soil to sky. This area is of particular interest to… Read more »

  • Conservation and Restoration in a Regulatory Framework

    This past week, I was honored to present on my 15 years of experience in the conservation world. My experiences draw from restoration work, to research, to CEQA compliance, to mitigation banks and beyond. I’ve seen the good, but I’ve also witnessed the bad and ugly. With about 20 CDFW staff, we created a round-robin… Read more »

  • Two Great December Workshops, with More to Come

    We had two extremely successful workshops in December to finish off the 2013 year. At Twin Peaks, Our Mission Blue Crew, planted four sets of experimental host and nectar plants plots. We used planting density as a variable, hoping to see if establishment or plant use will change with clustering plants more tightly.

  • Can you help us on #GivingTuesday?

    We’ve enjoyed a really amazing year with lots of great projects and hundreds of volunteers… but 2014 is looking even more amazing – please do take a moment to read about our 2013 Year in Review. We’d love your support this year especially as we strengthen existing programs and encourage new ones. Please click here… Read more »

  • Top Rated Non-Profit for 2013

    We’re happy to announce that Golden Hour Restoration Institute was listed as a “Top-Rated Non-Profit of 2013” by the Great Nonprofits organization. Thanks to our students and board for all the support – we couldn’t have done it without you all!

  • New Workshops Announced at Garber Park – Fern Glade and Woodland Understory Restoration

    We are REALLY excited to announce our newest set of workshops in collaboration with Garber Park Stewards. This group serves as a model for the kind of work we’d like to see California-wide. GPS has consistently turned out great volunteers through great volunteer leadership. These workshops are fun, informative, and open to everyone who RSVP’s… Read more »