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Paradise Creek Nature Park is for the Birds

"I'm Dave Gibson, the 'resident birder' here. I want to do two things: plug birds and plug this park, a bird
sanctuary..."

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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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.

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First Paddle in Paradise

Our first group paddle left the dock yesterday for a gorgeous paddle in "Paradise." We also christened the new fleet of clear-bottomed kayaks! Join us for one of our guided paddle programs this summer!

Eagle Scout Adds Butterfly Garden

Not one, but four top-level Scouts have now proved their talents at our park! The latest is Hardy Bercier of Troop 259, earning Eagle Scout by establishing our new butterfly trail and garden. Visit to learn how you too can create habitat for native butterflies. Hardy says he wanted to do something to help butterflies and thought Paradise Creek “would be a cool place to do it since it’s a new and growing park…it’s neat to play a part in helping to grow the park.” Thanks, Hardy!. 

Come see our NEW Discovery Zone

at Paradise Creek Nature Park. Participants in an after school program through Cradock Middle School have been working hard all spring to build this discovery and teaching area. You can find Admiral’s Haven Discovery Zone along the Fox Trail. Stop by and turn a log over, you’ll be amazed at what you can find!

We love our volunteers!

Thank you so much to everyone for helping keep Paradise beautiful and healthy! Check our program schedule for more opportunities to volunteer at the 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.

Plant a Promise

Churchland Middle School students took a pledge during Red Ribbon Week to remain drug free – and decided to “Plant a Promise” to remind themselves each year of the promise they made. Thanks to Norfolk Botanical Garden for donating the native Eastern Red Columbine. The flowers were planted in the middle school courtyard with help from our Education Ranger.

Healthy River Healthy You

A park visitor got to practice his fishing skills during a Healthy River Healthy You program while learning all about his health and the health of the River!

Eagle Scouts Improve Park

Eagle Scout Harrison installs benches at Paradise Creek Nature Park for more seating throughout the forest and along the wetland.  Keep an eye out for upcoming Eagle Scout and Girl Scout Gold Award additions!