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Ornithologist in Residence

Elizabeth River Project welcomes Marlee Fuller-Morris as Ornithologist in Residence at Paradise Creek Nature Park through June. Marlee has conducted research with a variety of bird species in Oklahoma and Mississippi. Look for bird walks led by Marlee in the coming months.

Volunteers Support Public Art

Volunteers with Support Public Art clear the spot for “ephemeral art.” Stop by and create your own, then send us a photo!

1st Day Hike

Start the New Year right with a healthy, 2 mile walk with Ranger Kat! Free pedometer for first ten registrants.

Date: Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
FREE- Registration Required- Contact Kat Fish, or 757-392-7132

Park Designated as Newest Stop on Virginia Bird and Wildlife Trail

The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has added Paradise Creek Nature Park to their network of best places to see birds and wildlife in the Commonwealth, the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail

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    

Edible Park Kicks Off!

Mayor John Rowe (center) helped plant the first native blueberries on Sept. 24, 2018 to launch an Edible Park project at Paradise Creek Nature Park. Thank you, Healthy Portsmouth and Portsmouth Health Dept.!

Free public foraging starting 2019 as more than 200 native edible plants mature.

For more, email Kat Fish at



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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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!

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!. 

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!

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.