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Beazley River Academy

Introducing the Fred W. Beazley River Academy at Paradise Creek Nature Park!



The Elizabeth River Project is proud to debut “the greenest little building in Portsmouth.”

Our new Fred W. Beazley River Academy, with a modest footprint, models green building practices while offering an enclosed classroom and workspaces for our education team. The building’s mission: To teach all ages the wonders of restoring an urban river to environmental health.

Twenty solar panels, a giant rain cistern and passive solar heating and cooling are among green building features at the new building at Paradise Creek Nature Park, a 40-acre partnership between the Elizabeth River Project and the City of Portsmouth. 

“The River Academy exponentially expands the ways we can use this urban park to create a place of peace, where young people in particular can step away from inner-city challenges to dream a different future,” says Marjorie Mayfield Jackson, Executive Director of the Elizabeth River Project.

Watch for expanded education programming throughout the year.

Contact Robin Dunbar, Deputy Director – Education,, 757-399-7487, to explore scheduling your activities in our green building!



Special thanks to key donors to the Fred W. Beazley River Academy, including:  The Beazley Foundation, Hampton Roads Community Foundation, HRSD, Dominion Foundation, Landmark Foundation & The Virginian-Pilot, Karen Jones and James Squires, Kendall Osborne, Port of Virginia, TowneBank, City of Portsmouth, and the many generous donors to the Elizabeth River Project who have made Paradise Creek Nature Park a reality.