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May - September 2018


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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The Great Migration Bird Walk

Age:  8 yrs. old to adult (under 12 must be accompanied by adult) 

FREE – Registration Required: (757)-399-7487,

Date:  Saturday, Sept. 29th

Time: 8am-10am

More than 150 species of birds have been spotted at Paradise Creek Nature Park – neck and neck with the Great Dismal Swamp! Join local birder David Gibson on a tour of the park and birds visiting during the fall migration. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair of ours. All skill levels welcome.

This event is FREE but registration is required: (757)-392-7132, Presented by the non-profit Elizabeth River Project. Donations welcome to keep river education and restoration growing:

Clear-Bottom Kayak Paddles - Kayaking Paradise Creek

Join the non-profit Elizabeth River Project for a guided paddle through the largest restored wetland in Virginia that’s open to the public for paddling. We provide the clear-bottomed kayaks, paddles, life jackets and tour guide. You learn the history and ecology of Paradise Creek Nature Park.  No experience necessary.

Registration required at least two business days prior. Cost: $40 per person/$30 members of Elizabeth River Project.  Contact Kat: (757)-392-7132,

Dates:  Saturday, July 14, 10 am – Noon

             Saturday, July 21, 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm

             Sunday, Aug. 5, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

             Saturday, Aug. 18, 4 pm – 6 pm

             Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 am – 11 am


Introducing River Yoga

Age:    13 and up

Day: Saturdays

Time:  Noon – 1 pm

Dates:  Sept. 22, September 29

Find your balance when you practice hatha yoga in our nature park. Taught by Robin Dunbar, Deputy Director – Education, the Elizabeth River Project. Robin is a certified yoga fit instructor who also teaches at area YMCAs when she is not educating children to help restore the Elizabeth River. Gather at the Fred W. Beazley River Academy. Outside when weather permits. Playlist of river music. Please bring your own mat.

This event is FREE but registration is required: (757)-392-7132, Presented by the non-profit Elizabeth River Project. Donations welcome to keep river education and restoration growing:


Introducing Youth Art House

Age:    6 years and up

Day:    Wednesdays

Time:  3 pm – 5 pm

Dates: Sept. 22, Sept. 26

Calling young people of the Elizabeth River community! Create art about your home river on Wednesday afternoons at the park. Gather at the River Academy (blue building). Art supplies provided. Guest artists plus Robin Dunbar, Deputy Director – Education, Elizabeth River Project (aka “Princess Elizabeth.”). Robin’s art accomplishments range from giant puppets to a commission to paint a mermaid for a foreign country.

This event is FREE and no registration is required. Questions: (757)-392-7132, Presented by the non-profit Elizabeth River Project.


Grow Your Own Native Plants

Age:    Adult (River Star Homes encouraged!)

Date:   Saturday, June 30

Time:  10 am – Noon

Native plants are terrific for the ecosystem but can be hard to find, not to mention expensive. “So I grow my own,” says Mike Barbachem, an environmental engineer and long-time Elizabeth River Project volunteer. He will share lessons from growing hundreds of native plants for his yard. This workshop will provide participants the needed information about how to grow native plants from seeds.  Details about where to buy seeds, how to germinate them, and then how to plant them will be provided. Workshop location, Fred W. Beazley River Academy (blue building), Paradise Creek Nature Park.

This event is FREE but registration is required: (757)-392-7135, Presented by the non-profit Elizabeth River Project. Donations encouraged to keep river restoration growing:

Ranger Walks

Age: All

Date:  Saturday, July 28, August 11, August 25

Time: 12-2 pm 

Meet up with our education rangers to see live critters from the park wetlands and learn more about the wildlife and ecology of Paradise Creek Nature Park. Impromptu nature walks, ranger talks and more. No reservation required.


Sketch Crawl at the Park

Start your weekend with a morning sketch crawl at Paradise Creek Nature Park!  Meet other artists at this non-instructed event. Draw nature, draw each other, or even work on your nature journals. Use any drawing medium you choose (pen, pencil, charcoal, etc…). Come on your own or bring a friend. Draw from 9am to 12pm. Meet at the River Academy 9am and then scatter throughout the park to draw. Meet again at the River Academy at 12pm for light refreshments and to look at each other’s drawings. Artists and wanna-be artists alike welcome!

Recommended to bring: Drawing supplies, folding chair(if desired), water, insect repellent, sunscreen.

For more information and questions, email:

Age: Adults, children accompanied by an adult

Date: Saturday, July 28th

Time: 9am-1pm

Cost: Free but donation requested for refreshments.


In case of rain, event will be rescheduled.


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

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