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 »

  • A Successful Palmate-bracted Bird’s-beak Survey

    Golden Hour Restoration Institute hosted an enthusiastic group of volunteers who were taught about the basics of rare plant monitoring, while soaking up the sun on saltly soils of the Springtown Alkali Sink. The task was not a simple one, but everyone worked together to survey some 20 acres of habitat and find 4 populations… Read more »

  • Garber Park Creek to Bay Day: September 15th – 9am – Oakland CA

    CREEK TO BAY DAY IN GARBER PARK: Our 3rd year at Garber! Saturday, September 15, 9AM-Noon Meet at the Evergreen Lane Entrance at 9AM to sign-in, enjoy some coffee and snacks, and then be ready to walk along the Loop Trail to Harwood Creek.   Help  remove the invasives (Himalayan blackberry, Cape ivy and others)… Read more »

  • Help Uphold Conservation and Restoration in California – Act now to protect CEQA

    UPDATE (Aug. 31, 2012): The work of many, many individuals has helped convince lawmakers that changes to CEQA should not occur in the 11th hour, and for at least this legislative session the CEQA bill will be dropped!  Thank you CNPS for all your work! The California Environmental Quality Act was established to ensure that… Read more »

  • Rare Plant Mapping to Help Understand and Conserve Rare Alkali plant

    Update (Sept 9th, 2012): Our workshop was a huge success garnering some 14 botanical volunteers for the day!  We will post more about the results soon.  Thanks to everyone who attended and we’re sorry to have to turn down volunteers due to the limited capacity of this workshop.  More to come… Golden Hour is working… Read more »

  • Thanks to our May intern Robert Johnson

    Robert served as an intern for Golden Hour Restoration Institute for the month of May wherein he was extremely helpful with a number of field projects including: rare plant monitoring, butterfly data collection and Sudden Oak Death surveying.  Robert also researched restoration programs and certificates that are available in the US, providing important comparative analysis… Read more »

  • Detecting Sudden Oak Death in the Mount Diablo Area

    We will be meeting at 10am at Mitchell Canyon with the goal of learning about Sudden Oak Death, its life cycle, and it’s grave impacts. Our field talk will culminate in a survey of bay laurels (for SOD) in Mitchell Canyon. Educational material comes from the Matteo Lab at UC Berkeley. Please RSVP with Lech… Read more »

  • Restoration Training Needs and the Future

    We’ve heard quite a few discussions like this one from Linked In which mentions needs for additional training and experience AFTER a 4-year (or even 8-year) degree.

  • Publication in CNPS Bulletin

    Lech Naumovich, Executive Director at Golden Hour, and Ryan Branciforte (Board Member at Golden Hour) have been collaborating on a large-scale conservation project sponsored by the Bay Area Open Space Council over the past 6 years.  This project specifically looks at providing a formula and guidance for land conservation efforts in the Bay Area.  Lech… Read more »

  • A Busy Week of Workshops and Training

    Golden Hour will be sponsoring two workshops in the first week of April.  We’re excited to be working with our partners at Garber Park Stewards on a couple of local workshops.  Both workshops will be fully outdoors and the public is always invited.  We always recommend an RSVP to ensure we’ll have enough tools and… Read more »

  • Spring is in the Air!

    As some of the early spring flowers open up, we’ll be celebrating this spring with some exceptional workshops, new projects and important announcements.  Here’s a small sampling of projects to be offered shortly. The Measure DD project slated for Garber Park, Oakland has been implemented.  We are working on a monitoring protocol to determine how… Read more »