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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

Safe Routes to School National Partnership Selects Elizabeth River Project to Help Improve Local Park Access

From a competitive pool of nationwide applicants, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership has selected Elizabeth River Project to join Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities, a technical assistance program focused on improving safe and equitable local park access.

New Archway in Paradise

Special thanks to Romayne and Danny Byrum for creating this arch from driftwood as the entry to a new outdoor classroom underway at Paradise Creek Nature Park. Romayne is a member of Elizabeth River Garden Club, which landed a grant from the Garden Club of Virginia for the larger classroom project.

Park Chosen for Eagle Scout Project

Life Scout Patrick chose Paradise Creek for his Eagle Scout project, the highest honor a Boy Scout can earn.

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



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

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!