Golden Hour is a non-profit organization that supports and advances existing restoration and stewardship efforts that meet a set of rigorous science-based criteria. Our project work is provisionally divided into three categories: A) educational and service-based courses directed at training volunteers, practitioners, and professionals through service-based learning in restoration ecology, B) project leadership in collaboration with partners, agencies, and non-profits contributing to restoration and conservation of habitat, C) ecological resources and publications that support restoration projects regionally, state-wide, and federally.  Often, projects with partners will span two or even all three of the above mentioned categories.

We strive to communicate our knowledge in a meaningful, organized manner that builds the restoration community. Because restoration is an organic, meandering process, we aim to build a community that is receptive, creative, adaptive. We’re embarking on a journey, not simply a single act of restoration. In many cases, our workshops catalyze more successful projects by inspiring volunteers to use their time more effectively with quantifiable results.

Our projects meet rigorous criteria so that we can assure that we continue to maintain an elevated quality of work. Better work results germinate more hope. More hope grows into a better place for all the flora and fauna of our worlds.  Come join us and get the restoration bug!



  • Foundations in Restoration – A 8 to 10-week course that runs in the spring of 2017 and will cover fundamental topics in restoration including site assessment, monitoring, Bay Area vegetation, wetlands, writing management plans and much more. Instruction by professionals and practioners from the field.  Information and application is here.  Application closes on March 20 and seats are limited. Here’s the Pre-exam – see if you’re a good fit for a future class?
  • The Master Restoration Certificate – This is the grand-daddy of them all. An intensive certificate that is customized to meet student interests in developing their expertise in conservation and restoration science. We offer a limited amount of seats in order to provide the highest possible educational experience.
  • RERIP – Richmond Environmental Restoration Instruction Program – A unique offering for college aged residents of Richmond interested in learning the basics of restoration ecology. This 7 week course includes plant identification, birding basics, invasive plant management, tree survey methods and more. Read more here. Application for the current session closes on Jan 12.
  • Bay Area Restoration Course – An overview of current ecological restoration projects in the Bay Area


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  • Grassland Restoration Techniques
  • Passive Restoration – limiting restoration to in situ materials
  • Seed Collection
  • Forest floor restoration
  • Leadership and the Environment
  • Botany and Basic Plant Identification Skills
  • Ecological Site Assessment Training
  • Introduction to GPS and GIS methods using QGIS and ArcGIS
  • Introduction to Monitoring Methods
  • Rare plant survey techniques
  • An Environmental Education primer

Courses are often created on a need basis unless associated with the Master Restoration Certificate. We will consider customized workshops for interesting projects with a groundswell of interest.

Education Maxims

1. Make the science of restoration accessible and understandable

2. Teach technical aspects of the process of restoration from theory to implementation

3. Provide an engaging experience that inspire attendees/students to continue to stay involved in the project through volunteerism, research, and/or funding