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 »

  • 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 »

  • A New Kind of Volunteer Opportunity: A year long journey to restoring Mission Blue Habitat

    The Golden Hour Restoration Institute is 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 from years of research and stewardship projects which have allowed us… Read more »

  • The Master Restoration Certificate

    We are extremely excited to announce that our pilot Master Restoration Certificate (MRC) program is nearing launch. We will be partnering up with some of the most well established training programs in order to provide boundless field-based expertise and breadth to our certificate program. 2014 will be the time to join us and help create… Read more »

  • Point Molate Beach Opens Again

    In a time when we have restricted access to many parks, we are celebrating the re-opening of Point Molate Beach Park. This park officially opened at sunrise today, with the work of nonprofits, city officials, and strong advocates including Citizens for a Sustainable Point Molate. Congrats to all! We hope to host a restoration project… Read more »

  • Sudden Oak Death – Bioblitz Results and Training Workshops

    SUDDEN OAK DEATH BLITZ EAST BAY RESULTS THURSDAY, OCT. 3, 7-8:30pm – 159 MULFORD HALL, UC BERKELEY, CA Dr. Matteo Garbellotto will discuss results of the April SOD Blitzes, present the first analyses on five years of surveys, and introduce several new APPS (SODMAP mobile for iPhone and for Android) to fully take advantage of… Read more »