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Beazley River Academy


Our Fred W. Beazley River Academy at Paradise Creek Nature Park is “the GREENEST little building in Portsmouth.”

With a modest footprint, the River Academy models green building practices while offering an enclosed classroom and a satellite workspace for our education team. The building’s mission: To teach all ages the wonders of restoring an urban river to environmental health.



Green building features:

  • 20 Solar panels
  • Giant Rain Cisterne
  • Passive Solar Heating and Cooling
  • Native Planting
  • And More!





Come participate in our public programs  throughout the year!

Contact Robin Dunbar, Deputy Director – Education,, 757-392-7132, 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.  






Youth Conservation Assistant/Park Naturalist: Larry 


Conservation Landscape Curator: Yolima






Youth Resilience Coordinator/Environemntal Educator: Sarah 





Youth Resilience Coordinator/Environemntal Educator: Janet 






Interpretive Park Ranger: Seana