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. We don’t strive to reinvent the wheel, we just want to keep it rolling. Because restoration work inherently requires regular attention, we hope to help provide informed, capable project help while building a learning experience around that project. In many cases, our workshops catalyze more successful projects by inspiring volunteers to use their time more effectively with quantifiable results.


CERTIFICATE AND COMPREHENSIVE Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) Courses

  • Foundations in Restoration – A 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.
  • Bay Area Restoration Course – An overview of current ecological restoration projects in the Bay Area


  • 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

CLFR rare plant seed collection workshop 9-5-2014-1427

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