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Park Public Programs

In order to ensure the safety of staff and guests these guidelines must be followed at all times:

  • Guests should wear appropriate face cover at all times
  • Guests should follow social distancing guidelines of 6-10 ft. separation at all time
  • Guests must use porta potties, no access will be given to the River Academy
  • Pre-registration only, no registration will be done on the day of the program
  • There will be no indoor classroom portion of programs
  • There will be no refreshments provided, please bring a water bottle for personal use
  • The maximum number of guests is 8, no exceptions
Dills Architects

Architect cites our "genuine impact" for why a large design team is donating services.  Dills Architects put together an impressive team of engineers, architects and even a solar company when they bid on design for Elizabeth River Project's planned expansion of the Beazley River Academy at Paradise Creek Nature Park.  "There are very few groups out there that can make genuine environmental and social impact like the ERP, and we want to help insure their success well into the future," says firm owner Clay Dills.

Youth Conservation Interns

Our partners at Hampton Roads Workforce Council usually place high school interns from low income neighborhoods at host sites throughout the region each summer. Not this summer. No thanks to COVID, only two sites were still welcoming the program.  We're very proud that Justin Greene and Thomas Jones just completed their second summer with us as Youth Conservation Interns at our Paradise Creek Nature Park, thanks to the council and your generous support. After two summers in a row learning conservation horticulture, they transformed "from caterpillars last year to butterflies this year," as one mentor put it, and began leading programs to teach others! Support all our community education programs with your gift to the Next Wave campaign.

Victory Elementary Planting

The education team from Paradise Creek Nature Park worked together with students, teachers, and parents from Victory Elementary School to implement a Youth Resilient Project to address flooding in their schoolyard.  Each grade will participate in different kinds of planting projects including rain gardens, shade gardens, a pollinator garden, and a native tree grove.  The master gardeners and our Paradise Creek Nature Park volunteers helped prepare the locations for planting.  The students are working together to create a Resilient STEM school as a wonderful model as stewards for other schools to follow.

Upcoming Holiday Wreath Workshop in Paradise!

Join us on Saturday November 23rd for our Holiday Wreath Workshop in Paradise! Create your own wreath masterpiece from cedar branches, pine branches, holly branches, pinecones, magnolia leaves, and oyster shells.  All materials and supplies included.  $30 for members, $40 for non-members. Limited space availiblePlease register online. 

Join Us for Volunteer Service Days

Help us make Paradise Creek Nature Park worthy of its name! Join fellow river lovers for seasonal tasks including weeding, planting, cleaning, pruining, light maintenance and more!  Dress for working outdoors, and bring work gloves and a water bottle if you have them.

Upcoming Family Nature Walks in Paradise!

Discover the wonders of Paradise Creek!  Bring the family for a walk through the park with a ranger to learn about our native plants and wildlife, and look for signs of wildlife.  Please register online.

Upcoming Bird Migration Event in Paradise!

You don’t want to miss this event on October 26th at Paradise Creek Nature Park.  Jin the park’s master birder, David Gibson, to observe the many birds who stop at our park during their fall migration. More than 160 species of birds have been identified in the nature park so far!  Register for the event here 

Native Enhancement Projects in Paradise!

Come see the new enhancement projects in Paradise!  We are clearing and planting native plants in the fresh water wetands 'ditch' along Victory boulevard.  This enrichment project is in coordination with the Safe Routes project to Paradise Creek Nature Park. 

Native Enhancements in Paradise!

Come see our new enhancement projects in Paradise!  We are clearing and planting native plants in the fresh water wetlands 'ditch' along Victory boulevard.  These landscaping enrichments are in coordination with the Safe Routes project to Paradise Creek Nature Park. 

Park Entrance Enhancement with Natives

Come see our new enhancement projects! We are clearing and planting over 1,000 native plants in the fresh water wetlands 'ditch' along Victory boulevard!  This completes installing beautification landscaping as part of Safe Routes to Paradise Creek Nature Park.

Ornamental Grasses in Full Bloom

Come see the new growth in Paradise!  The beautiful ornamental grasses, we planted in the median bed earlier this year, are now in full bloom! The white cloud muhly grasses, the pinicum shenandoah, and the feather grasses line the entry way as you drive into the park. 

Moon River Supper A Success!

The Elizabeth River Project hosted Moon River Supper to thank our donors and celebrate the Elizabeth River restoration progress!  A big thank you to Porte Towne Magic! Pops Orchestra and Show Choir for helping to make the night so special!  The students hail from Churchland, IC Norcom and Wilson High Scools in Portsmouth.  Also a big thank you to the Elizabeth River Project staff for their hard work and dedication! Thank you for your continued support!

Youth Conservation Interns - An Award-Winning Success!

Our first Youth Conservation Interns spent eight weeks filled with amazing accomplishments this summer at Paradise Creek Nature Park.

Park Programs Cancelled for Saturday, September 7, 2019

Due to the uncertain weather conditions from Hurricane Dorian, we are cancelling all programming at Paradise Creek Nature Park planned for this Saturday, September 7, 2019. We apologize for any inconvenience.