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 »

  • 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 »

  • Developing the 2012 Work Plan and Soliciting YOUR Input

    So it’s that time of year when we’re watching the dull greens return to a bright lively color, while little green plants germinate everywhere.  We at Golden Hour are masterminding a work plan that will meet community demand as well as meet the promulgated goals of the organization.  We especially embrace projects with habitat value… Read more »

  • San Leandro Monarch Bike Survey Celebrates Locating a New Monarch Roosting Site

    Our late season survey of known Monarch roosting sites was a tremendous success.  A total of 4 brave biking-naturalists arrived by public transit and bike (see Transit and Trails here) in order to visit and record occurrence data at a location with a healthy monarch population.  The site information was corroborated with records at Xerces… Read more »

  • East Bay Monarch Survey by Bike – Sunday Jan. 29, 2012