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Public Programs

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August - December 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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Paradise Creek Nature Park Events

Join us at Paradise Creek Nature Park for events throughout the summer.  We are located at 1141 Victory Boulevard in Portsmouth, Virginia.

 

Family Nature Walks

Discover the wonders of Paradise Creek Nature Park. Take a leisurely walk and learn about the history of the park, its native plants, and wildlife. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the new eco-friendly Towne Bank River Playground! 

Date(s):  Saturdays: Oct 26th, Nov 9th & 23rd, and Dec 7th 2019

Time:  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Targeted Ages:  All ages; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: FREE – Registration Required

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Fall Migration Bird Walk

Join master birder Dave Gibson, who discovered many of our park's unusual species, to see some of the 161 species of birds identified in the nature park so far.  Observe the park's 40 acres of native plantings as an important stop over for birds making their fall migration.

Date:  Saturdays: Sep 28th, Oct 12th, Oct 26th

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Targeted Ages:  All ages; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: FREE – Registration Required

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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. 


Integrated Pest Management

Date: Saturday, September 7th (Cancelled due to Dorian)

Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Cost: FREE – Registration Required 

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Planting Natives:  Autumn Interest

Date: Saturday, October 19th

Time: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Join the Elizabeth River Project and local Environmental Horticulturist Cyndi Wyskiewicz from the VA Cooperative Extension to discuss planting with native plants that provide seasonal interest in the Fall.  We will have a brief indoor session followed by a tour of some of the areas of Paradise Creek Nature Park showing off their Autumn foliage.  Please dress for the elements, and wear comfortable walking shoes. 

Cost: FREE – Registration Required

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Permeable Paving Methods

Date: Saturday, November 2nd

Time: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Are you interested in learning more about permeable paving? Join us for a discussion on the benefits of pervious pavers, resources for design, installation, and funding.  We will have a brief indoor session followed by a tour of the various methods of pervious paving used at Paradise Creek Nature Park.  Please dress for the elements, and wear comfortable walking shoes. 

Cost: FREE – Registration Required 

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Plein Air Painting at PCNP

Date: Saturday, October 12th

Time: 10am-2pm
Target Age: All ages, children accompanied by adults.
Cost: Suggested donation of $15 – Register online at paradisecreek.elizabethriver.org

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Come paint the beautiful landscape of Paradise!  Bring your own easel, canvas, paint, and other painting supplies and come pick a spot to paint.  The suggested donation of $15 covers the snacks and drinks provided.  At the end there will be time for a group critique and sharing session.


Seed Collecting Workshop

Date: Saturday, October 19th

Time: 12pm-1pm

Target age: all ages, children must be accompanied by adults.

Location: Paradise Creek Nature Park – 1141 Victory Blvd., Portsmouth, VA

Cost Free– Registration required – Register online at paradisecreek.elizabethriver.org

Park staff will lead guests to the wildflower meadow to collect seed heads from the native pollinator plants. The participants will learn how to safely store their collected seeds and then they will learn how and where to plaint their seeds in the spring.

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Herb Collecting and Drying Workshop

Date: Saturday, November 16th, 2019

Time:  10am-11am

Target Aged: All ages, children must be accompanied by adults

Location: Paradise Creek Nature Park – 1141 Victory Blvd., Portsmouth, VA

Cost: FREE – Registration required – Register online at paradisecreek.elizabethriver.org

We’ve started an herb garden to attract pollinators for our native fruit trees! Learn how to collect and dry herbs for culinary and home uses. Participants will walk our herb garden to learn what herbs are the best suited for drying, how to harvest, and how to safely dry their herbs

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Holiday Wreath Workshop

Date: Saturday, November 23rd, 2019

Time: 10a.m. – 12 p.m.

Target age: 18 and above

Location: Paradise Creek Nature Park – 1141 Victory Blvd., Portsmouth, VA

Cost: $30 for members, $40 for non-members - register online at paradisecreek.elizabethriver.org

Create your own holiday wreath at Paradise! Decorate your wreath out of cedar branches, pine branches, holy branches. Pinecones, magnolia leaves, lemons, pears, oyster shells, and more! All materials and supplies included.

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