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Public Programs

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November 2019 - March 2020

 


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


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. 

Click Here for volunteer opportunities, dates, and times.

 


Paradise Creek Nature Park Events

Join us at Paradise Creek Nature Park for events throughout the Fall.  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:  Dec 7th 2019, Jan 18th, Feb 1st, Feb 29th, Mar 7th, and Mar 14th 2020

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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Power AM Walks

We will be walking a brisk pace for approximately 1 mile on the natural trails at Paradise Creek. Moderate exercise has great benefits for your physical health. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

Date(s):  Jan 4th, Feb 22nd, Feb 29th, and Mar 28th 2020

Time:  8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE – Registration Required

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Winter Bird Walks

More than 160 species of Birds have been identified in Paradise Creek Nature Park thanks to the tens of thousands of native plants and trees planted by volunteers and school children since 2012.

Date(s):  Saturdays: Jan 25th, Feb 29th, and Mar 28th 2020

Time:  8:30 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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Native Mosses

Join us to welcome Vickie Shufer, director of Botany for the SHRC Virginia Native Plant society.  Vickie is a naturalist, herbalist and forager with a master’s degree in therapeutic herbalism.

Date(s):  Saturday: January 25th 2020

Time:  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE – Registration Required

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Basics of Botany

Come join us as we welcome John Joyce, a local botanist, artist and a volunteer at Paradise Creek to tell us about plants and propagation methods.

Date(s):  Saturday: January 25th 2020

Time:  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE – Registration Required

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Basics of Pruning

Come join Yolima Carr, the Conservation Landscape Curator at Paradise Creek, to learn the proper way to prune trees, and how pruning is an excellent gardening practice to reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides.

Date(s):  Saturday: March 21st 2020

Time:  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Targeted Ages:  Adults

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. 


Invasive Plant ID & Removal

Date: Saturday, February 8th, 2020

Time:  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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

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

Cost: FREE – Registration required – Contact Barbara Gavin at bgavin@elizabethriver.org or 757-392-7135

Cyndi Wyskiewicz, the extension agent for Portsmouth master gardeners, and Yolima Carr, the Conservation Landscape Curator for Paradise Creek Nature Park, will lead a class in identification and removal of invasive plants commonly found in the Tidewater area.

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Composting

Date: Saturday, March 28th, 2020

Time:  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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

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

Cost: FREE – Registration required – Contact Barbara Gavin at bgavin@elizabethriver.org or 757-392-7135

Join Paul Allen, a local naturalist, and come learn the basics and how easy it is to compost at home! Discover the environmental benefits of diverting food waste from our landfills and making your own powerful fertilizer!

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