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 and Fire Safety – Clarkia Franciscana in Oakland

    We had a simply fantastic evening workshop at the Chadbourne Serpentine strip on July 12th, 2011.  A total of seven volunteers showed up to spare their time to help maintain critical occupied habitat of Presidio Clarkia (Clarkia franciscana).  The workshop attendees got to hear about Clarkia habitat and ecology as well as see the plant… Read more »

  • Restoring Presidio Clarkia habitat in Oakland

    Golden Hour Restoration Institute will be leading a workshop with interested neighbors and friends in Oakland, CA.  On July 12th at 4pm we will be talking about serpentine habitat, fuels management for endangered species, and the biology of Presidio Clarkia (Clarkia franciscana).  We will help manage a site with this rare plant that is currently… Read more »

  • Garber Park Seed Collection Workshop A Success

    Tuesday’s workshop which was aimed at teaching the basics of responsible and effective seed collection was a success.  Participants learned about collection techniques, identifying seed maturity, and proper storage.  Three plants offered viable seed for collection: giant vetch (Vicia nigricans var. gigantea), cow parsnip (Heracleum maximum), and thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus).  We inspected a few seeds with… Read more »

  • Garber Park Seed Collection and Passive Restoration Workshop

    Today Golden Hour Restoration Institute is leading a half-day workshop on seed collection and passive restoration at Garber Park, located in Claremont Canyon, Oakland, CA. Please join us at 11 am for this free workshop. Here’s the announcement from our sponsor, Garber Park Stewards: GARBER PARK SPECIAL EVENT–TUESDAY JUNE 21 – 10 AM to 1… Read more »

  • Range Camp, Elkus Ranch

    For our 5th year in a row, Golden Hour will be teaching a plant ID course in beautiful San Mateo, California at Elkus Ranch. Range Camp is a great opportunity for advanced high school students interested in ecology and rangeland science. We’re proud to be a part of year 27! Bonus points – can you… Read more »

  • A New Webpage!

    Golden Hour is transitioning to a new webpage which will be more interactive and user friendly.  We will be posting announcements of new events, projects, important news, and other information through this page.  Our organizational information can be found through the “about”, “people”, or “projects” tabs.  Thanks for your patience as we work out the hiccups!