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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 email@example.com with any questions: a. On January 14th we’ll be out at Twin Peaks restoring… Read more »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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!