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Park's First Campers!

Thanks to our new Fred W. Beazley River Academy, we just finished our first summer camp in “Paradise.”  Special thanks to sponsors Dominion Energy, Frank and Aimee Batten and Dr. Mack Bonner.

Watch Dominion’s video    

Park Picked for Butterfly Study

 A William and Mary student has chosen the park’s 11-acre marsh to study the tiny “salt marsh skipper,” a small brown butterfly that breeds exclusively in marshlands. Keep your eyes peeled this summer for researcher Sam Mason and his subject.

New Park Hours

Sheriff Michael Moore’s deputies (and our Dave) close the park gates for the first time. Slightly new park hours (6:30 am to 7:30 pm) and the deputies will open and close each day! Thank you, Sheriff Moore!

Paradise Found

Read the Suffolk News Herald article about how Paradise Creek was transformed from one of the most contaminated areas in the country to an urban oasis!

Read Suffolk News Herald Article

Pilot Features Our River Academy!

Read David Macauly's article in the Virginian-Pilot, "New River Academy opens its doors in Portsmouth."

Read Pilot Online Article

Fred W. Beazley River Academy Now Open!

Thank you to everyone who came out to Paradise Creek Nature Park for the ribbon cutting of one of the greenest little buildings in the region!

Read More About the Fred W. Beazley River Academy


New Park Programs are Here!

Sign up for one (or more) of our new and exciting park programs! River Yoga, Clear-Bottom Kayak Paddles, Kids Earth Day Weekend, Great Migration Bird Walk, Youth Art House, Grow Your Own Natives, and more to come!

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Best Wishes to Ranger Sarah!

After almost five years of helping birth our new park, Urban Park Ranger Sarah Sumoski has departed for new horizons with another park system. Thanks for the hard work and all the best, Sarah! For now, park ideas and volunteers go to Robin Dunbar,, Deputy Director – Education. Also, see our job posting. 

Urban Park Ranger Job Post

Portsmouth Summer Camps Paddle Paradise

Students participating in Portsmouth Public School summer camps learn to kayak at Paradise Creek Nature Park.

Workshops at Paradise Creek Nature Park

Portsmouth Master Gardeners learned pruning and planting techniques while using the park as their outdoor classroom.

See more adult programs offered at the park.

Rob Mulholland's mesmerizing art comes to Paradise Creek Nature Park, thanks to NEA!

Elizabeth River Project has brought an internationally known environmental sculptor to the park. Rob Mulholland of Scotland has created his first installation in the US at Paradise Creek Nature Park, thanks to a grant from National Endowment for the Arts.

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Fred W. Beazley River Academy… Construction Underway!

“One of Portsmouth’s great secrets” – Portsmouth Mayor John Rowe

Aug. 4, 2017 – Elizabeth River Project is super excited to announce that construction began today on the Fred W. Beazley River Academy at Paradise Creek Nature Park, thanks to so many of our generous donors and partners!


'Paradise Found' Along the Elizabeth River

Bay Journal Features Our Park! See the beautiful photo and story here:

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Come Have Fun!

Paradise Creek Nature Park offers a variety of activities throughout the year. Learn about what's migrating through the area with a bird walk. Be a river hero by lending a hand at one of our volunteer service days. See what's dweling under the surface in the wetlands.

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Volunteer with Forest Stewardship Corps

Volunteers needed! NEW Forestry Stewardship Corps, made possible by Virginia Department of Forestry. This team’s mission is to remove invasive plants at Paradise Creek Nature Park throughout the winter months and replace with natives in the spring, improving the habitat of the maritime forest. We’ve already made huge advances removing Japanese Stiltgrass and Chinese Privet, join us to help win the battle against invasives and contribute to improvements to the park and your home river.

Click here for volunteer opportunities.