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Public Programs

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February 2019 - June 2019

 


Volunteer Opportunities

Paradise Creek Nature Park offers a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Over 2,000 adults and children have helped remove invasive plants, planted native trees, weeded garden beds, removed trash from the trails and wetland, and helped maintain education zones throughout the park. 

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Volunteer Appreciation Day 

Date: Saturday, April 6

Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

Come and enjoy a morning at the park! Have a cup of coffee, mix and mingle with old and new friends, and go on a guided tour with one of the rangers. This is for ALL volunteers from the past year.

Cost: FREE 

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Spring Migration Bird Walks

Date: Tuesday April 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14, 21, 28. Saturday April 6, 13, 20, and 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25.

Time: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Join park guides on weekly bird walks to watch the spring migration. Held weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays, April through June.

Cost: FREE – Registration Required

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Spring Break Bird Walks

Date: Tuesday- Saturday April 16, 17, 18, and 19

Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Join our Ornithologist in Residence for a daily bird walk. Spring migration will be occurring, and over 160 bird species have been seen at Paradise Creek, come help us find more! Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: FREE – Registration Required

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Kids Spring Break Day

Date: Wednesday April 17

Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Schools out and fun is in! Join us for games, river critters, activities, and help create a piece of natural art. Free. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: FREE


Family Earth and Arbor Day Celebration- TowneBank River Playground Grand Opening!

Date: Saturday April 27

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Celebrate nature at Paradise Creek with art, seed crafts, ranger walks, games and more! Ribbon-cutting for new TowneBank River Playground, 11 am! Light refreshments and story time among the playground’s unique features, from original river murals to a Free Little Library and an otter habitat. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: FREE


River Star Homes Workshops

Elizabeth River Project’s River Star Homes program is free to residents of the Elizabeth River area who commit to 7 simple steps (riverstarhomes.org). Join your fellow “stars” to learn the latest on how you can help the river at home. 

Vermicomposting

Join us to learn the ins and outs of vermicomposting – using earthworms to convert organic waste into compost. Champion River Star Home Lynn Gilbert will show us how to start and maintain a thriving vermicomposting container, along with how to use the compost on your property. Rain or shine inside the Beazley River Academy classroom.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019

Time: 10am-Noon

Cost: FREE – Registration Required 
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Invasive Plant Identification & Control Workshop

Join Perry-Lee West, Garden Horticulturist with Norfolk Botanical Garden, to learn about identifying and controlling invasive plant species and how they can impact our environment. Workshop is rain or shine inside the Beazley River Academy classroom.

Weather permitting, we'll do some strolling botany to ID some of the invasives we are working to eradicate at Paradise Creek Nature Park.

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019

Time: 10am-Noon

Cost: FREE – Registration Required 
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Natural Mosquito Control Workshop with Tim DuBois

Date: Saturday June 8

Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join Tim DuBois from the City of Portsmouth Public Works Department and learn how to naturally and safely protect yourself from mosquitos. Interact with the pesky pests, learn how to identify them, and how to naturally reduce mosquito populations in your yard!

Cost: FREE – Registration Required 

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Below is a list of events coming up at Paradise Creek Nature Park!