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 2 Planting Day – Garber Park – December 17th

      In celebration of the 2nd anniversary of the Garber Park Stewards, Lech Naumovich, Golden Hour Restoration Institute, will once again lead us in planting natives on the Hillside at the Evergreen Lane Entrance. Winter rains have begun, the soil is soft, and now is the time to get the seedlings in the ground to… Read more »

  • Golden Hour at the CNPS 2012 Conservation Conference

    Golden Hour Executive Director Lech Naumovich has been helping organize the California Native Plant Society’s 2012 Conservation Conference.  The conference will take place in San Diego from January 10th-14th, 2012.   Naumovich is both on the Steering Committee for the conference and he serves as a co-chair for the 1/2 day session entitled: Using Science… Read more »

  • Golden Hour Featured in Bay Nature

    Golden Hour Director Lech Naumovich was featured in the Oct-Dec 2011 issue of Bay Nature.  The photo shows Lech, Shelagh Broderson (Garber Park Stewards), and Rebecca Tuden of the City of Oakland, talking about creek restoration and community stewardship of Garber Park.  This has been an exciting and successful project wherein significant upland habitat has… Read more »

  • Results: Sudden Oak Death Mapping in Garber (updated)

    After waiting in anticipation for months, the results of Garber’s Sudden Oak Death (SOD) survey were released this past weekend.  We are enthused to report that none of the two dozen samples collected in Garber Park tested positive for SOD.  UPDATE: Sadly, after reanalysis of the samples collected, several bay trees did test positive for SOD.  We… Read more »

  • Mapping Harwood Creek – the dirty way!

    Lech Naumovich of Golden Hour Restoration Institute will conduct a special CITIZEN SCIENCE Workshop sponsored by the Garber Park Stewards.  This will accomplish the first ever super transect of Garber Park, from the top of the park down to Claremont Avenue, following Harwood Creek.  Lech will utilize a scientific method (point intercept) to record vegetation… Read more »

  • The Role of Management in Climate Change Scenarios

     A recent publication by Wiens et al. from Biological Conservation asks (and answers) the important question of “what happens to protected areas in 2070 when climate shifts”.   Climate change affects current protected areas, but where will that impact be so extreme wherein current “climate spaces” disappear and “novel” or new habitat areas will… Read more »

  • Passive Restoration and Seed Collection Workshop a Success – and – a bioagent for Cape Ivy control?!

      Bob collecting blue wild rye seed We had another enormously successful seed collection and passive restoration workshop on August 20th, 2011.  The workshop was sponsored by the Garber Park Stewards and their blog fills you in nicely to some of the fine details of the outing.  Here’s a PDF of the handout we offered… Read more »

  • August 20th Seed Collection and Passive Restoration Workshop – Garber Park

    On August 20th, Golden Hour Restoration Institute will be leading a half-day workshop on seed collection and passive restoration at Garber Park, located in Claremont Canyon, Oakland, CA.  We are leading a second seed collection workshop since the first one was such a big success.  We will talk about some new species for restoration –… Read more »

  • Golden Hour scores an ESRI grant

    Golden Hour Restoration Institute has been awarded an ESRI grant from the Non-Profit program.  This grant will fund the ARCInfo suite of software from ESRI – an extremely powerful group of programs that help bring conservation work to life in 2D and 3D spatial formats. Here’s an excerpted output of a GIS map (on parcelization… Read more »

  • Workshops in Garber Park with the Garber Park Stewards

      We are very pleased to announce that Golden Hour Restoration Institute will be collaborating with the Garber Park Stewards on 6 site-specific conservation and restoration based workshops! Funding was provided by the Stewards and we couldn’t be happier to be working alongside this motivated and inspiring bunch. The workshops will cover seed collection, conservation-minded photography, vegetation identification… Read more »