We've learned that buying a piece of land or simply putting up a fence isn't enough to save the earth. Often, it fails to even preserve habitat quality for longer than a few years. Conservation needs people who are willing to tinker intelligently and compassionately.
Mindful human interaction with landscapes has been shown to increase biodiversity, increase resource function, increase human empathy, decrease human illness and provide the most powerful feeling of all: a sense of belonging.
Through hands-on restoration and conservation workshops, we at Golden Hour strive to do just this. We are asking you to help fund our small, but powerful group by helping us create 25 workshops in 2020!
Golden Hour Restoration Institute works to bring restoration ecology to all interested people. We attempt to do this by creating programs and partnerships all across the Bay Area, from Marin to Santa Clara to the East Bay. Those partnerships, along with donations from generous individuals, allow us to run many more programs and workshops at no cost to the participants.
Thanks to the support of many local and regional organizations over the past year such as East Bay Regional Parks District, Garber Park Stewards, SF Rec and Parks, Midpenninsula Regional Open Space District, and CNPS - East Bay, we’ve been able to offer the following workshops at no (or very low) cost to participants:
Endangered Presidio Clarkia Seed Collection (Oakland) Participants learned how to properly collect, store and sow federally endangered plant seed according to CDFW regulations. This is our 5th year of volunteer-led seed collection with the support of the East Bay Regional Park District.
Mission Blue Butterfly Habitat Restoration (San Francisco) Mission Blue Crew volunteers have learned about larval surveys, adult butterfly surveys, habitat restoration over the course of an entire lifecycle. This is our 6th year of this project working with San Francisco Recreation and Park!
Garber Park Oak Woodland Restoration (Oakland) We are entering our 10th year of habitat work with Garber Park Stewards and Claremont Canyon Conservancy. We have conducted workshops on plant ID, mushroom ID, interpretive map design, stream monitoring, riparian & woodland restoration, and much more!
Mt. Umunhum Native Seed Collection and Planting (Santa Cruz Mountains) In our 4th year of seed collection and habitat restoration, we helped lead workshops on restoring vegetation on the summit of the mountain that only 5 years ago was flattened and littered with decommissioned military structures.
Invasive Plant, Seed Collection, and Native Garden workshops (Woodside) This is our 7th year working with Horse Park at Woodside to restore their grasslands and provide workshops for the surrounding community on seed collection, native plant garden maintenance, and invasive species management.
Pt. Molate Bioblitz (Richmond) We’ve been working on this project for over 12 years. The incredible San Pablo Peninsula has been mostly unexplored because it has been in private and government ownership. Our staff helped contributed the top number of species on the second bioblitz conducted at Point Molate.
Springtown Vegetation Workshop (Livermore) Arguably the most important unprotected (or shall we say underprotected) land in Alameda county, this expanse of clay-pan vernal pools, mima mounds and rare alkali scrub exists in only one location in the entire Bay Area. We conducted a monitoring and rare plant workshop in the spring of 2019 to teach accessible monitoring methods and help raise awareness around this incredible gem.
Serpentine Bioblitz (Santa Cruz Mountains) Our staff has been working in the Mount Umunhum area since it was first conceived as a project. Some remarkable expanses of serpentine grassland abound around the mountain and our staff helped catalogue over 300 species in one day with MidPen volunteers and staff.
Rare Plant Monitoring Workshop for East Bay CNPS (Mt. Diablo) Our staff and volunteers reviewed rare plant information in the Mount Diablo Area and subsequently conducted a field survey and site assessment for two plants thought to be extirpated from the area (historic occurrences). That data helps land managers manage these locally important plants.
In addition we hosted our third annual Foundations in Restoration Course which included 8 weeks of instruction, presentations from local experts, and discussions surrounding restoration in the Bay Area. This year the course focused on fire, water, and climate change.
Our goal is to provide support whenever support is needed, regardless of finances, but these programs would not be possible without donations from individuals, like you, who value resource conservation and education. Donations help us bridge this gap and make our programs accessible to everyone. Thank you - we literally can not continue what we’re doing without you.
This year, our goal is to reach $15,000 in donations by the end of 2019 in order to fund our under-funded and unfunded projects. Please help us meet this goal through a tax deductible donation – either donating here or by check. Anything you are able to give is deeply appreciated, we count every penny and make it work towards our shared goals.
We are also happy to consider in-kind donations of materials, equipment, or other services. Please contact our staff at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Donation” in the subject line. We encourage you to review last years’ annual report to see where your hard earned donations were spent.