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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. 

Upcoming Fall Migration Bird Walk and Plein Air Painting events in Paradise!

You don't want to miss these events on October 12th at Paradise Creek Nature Park! Join the park's master birder, David Gibson, to observe the many birds who stop at our park on their fall migration. More than 160 species of birds have been identified in the nature park so far!  And come paint the beautiful landscape of Paradise! Bring your own easel and painting supplies and pick a nice spot to paint. 

See the Virginian-Pilot story about Dave Gibson and the fall migration bird walks here.

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.

Youth Conservation Interns Go Kayaking in Paradise!

Our Youth Conservation Interns learned how to kayak and enjoyed kayaking in Paradise!  While kayaking, the interns also learned about our restored wetlands and the water quality in the river.

Meet Our New College Intern, James McCann.

James (far right) is a senior at Old Dominion University, majoring in Park, Recreation, and Tourism Studies with a minor in Conservation Leadership.

James has been helping with native species restoration and invasive species management here at Paradise Creek Nature Park. He will be helping us mentor our five youth conservation interns throughout the summer in areas of conservation, landscaping design and installation, and horticulture skill. He will also be teaching the concept of pro-environmental principles with Leave No Trace (LNT).

We Are Welcoming Our Five New Youth Conservation Interns for the Summer

These interns are High School students from Wilson and I.C. Norcom.  They are joining us in partnership with the NextGen Regional Internship program. They will learn about landcape conservation, wetland restoration and work on different projects to enhance Paradise Creek Nature Park.  Stay tuned for more updates!

Managed Meadows thriving at Paradise Creek Nature Park

Managed meadows are thriving at Paradise Creek Park! Managed meadows are a conservation management tool focused on converting mowed lawns into natural grassy meadows. 

Mayor Rowe cutting the ribbon to open the playground
River Playground Now Open!

Portsmouth Mayor John Rowe cut the ribbon for the TowneBank River Playground on April 27th at Paradise Creek Nature Park.  Come enjoy the fun.  Custom art, “natural” music instruments, climbing structures, Little Free Library and more, 1141 Victory Blvd., Portsmouth, Virginia.

TowneBank River Playground grand opening
TowneBank River Playground Opening

River Playground to Open -  Celebrate Earth Day in “Paradise” and welcome the newest feature of Paradise Creek Nature Park. The TowneBank River Playground officially opens Sat. April 27 during Elizabeth River Project’s free Earth Day celebration from 10 am – 2 pm (ribbon-cutting, 11 am). Join the fun! Nature crafts, tree giveaway, bounce house and more.  Click here to see the Virginian Pilot's coverage of this event.

Tom Clyne, keynote speaker
National Geographic photojournalist Tom Clyne to be keynote speaker at Student Expo

Youth Resilience Expo – 10 am – 1 pm, Saturday, April 6, at Nauticus, 1 Waterside Drive, Norfolk

National Geographic photojournalist, Tom Clynes, will present the keynote address at 10 am.  The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required (email Mcarbonneau@elizabethriver.org).

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