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Summer 2020 Programs at Paradise Creek Nature Park

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


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.

 


Safety Protocols for Public Programs Events.

In order to ensure the safety of staff and guests these guidelines will be followed at all times:

  • Guests should wear appropriate face cover at all times.
  • Guests should follow social distancing guidelines of 6-10 ft. separation at all times.
  • Guests must use porta potties, no access will be given to the River Academy.
  • Pre-registration ONLY, no registration will be done on the day of the program.
  • There will be no indoor classroom portion of programs.
  • There will be no refreshments provided, please bring a water bottle for personal use.
  • The maximum number of guests is 8, no exceptions.

 


Marsh Critters with Ranger Seana

Dates: Saturday Oct 10, Nov 14, and Dec 12

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Age: All ages

Cost: FREE REGISTRATION REQUIRED Register online HERE or at paradisecreek.elizabethriver.org.

Join Ranger Seana, as we get close and personal with our marsh critters. Participants will be able to touch, feel and observe periwinkles, fiddler crabs, fish and other critters.

  • Guests should wear a face mask at all times and will be required to verify they are in good health and not experiencing any Covid symptoms.
  • Staff and Participants should practice social distancing during this and all programs.
  • Maximum 8 guests, pre-registration only. 
  • Guests should bring a facemask, sunscreen and a bottle of water.

 

 


Herb Collecting & Drying Workshop

Date: September 26

Time: 10:00am-11:00am

Age:  All ages

Cost: FREE, REGISTRATION REQUIRED - Register online HERE or 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 learn what herbs are the best suited for drying, how to harvest, and how to safely dry them

  • Guests should wear a face mask at all times and will be required to verify they are in good health and not experiencing any Covid symptoms.
  • Staff and Participants should practice social distancing during this and all programs.
  • Maximum 8 guests, pre-registration only.
  • Guests should bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water.

 


Basics of Pruning with Yolima Carr

Date: October 17

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Age: Adults

Cost: $5 -  REGISTRATION REQUIRED - Register online HERE or at paradisecreek.elizabethriver.org.

Yolima Carr, Conservation Landscape Curator at Paradise Creek Nature Park, will guide you through the proper way to prune small trees and shrubs. Learn how pruning is a natural method of pest control and can increase fruit yield.

  • Guests should wear a face mask at all times and will be required to verify they are in good health and not experiencing any Covid symptoms.
  • Staff and Participants should practice social distancing during this and all programs.
  • Maximum 8 guests, pre-registration only.
  • Guests should bring a facemask, hat, work gloves, sunscreen and bottle of water.

 


Fall Migration Bird Walk

Date: Oct 17, and Nov 21

Time: 8:30am – 10:00am

Age: All ages.  Adults must accompany children

Cost: FREE -  REGISTRATION REQUIRED - Register online HERE or at paradisecreek.elizabethriver.org.

Join our Master Birders and observe some of the many birds that stop at our park on their fall migration. More than 160 species of birds have been identified here at Paradise Creek Nature Park so far!

  • Guests should wear a face mask at all times and will be required to verify they are in good health and not experiencing any Covid symptoms.
  • Staff and Participants should practice social distancing during this and all programs.
  • Maximum 8 guests, pre-registration only.
  • Guests should bring a facemask, hat, and sunscreen.

 


Fall Planting Workshop

Date: October 24

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Age: Adults

Cost: $5 -  REGISTRATION REQUIRED - Register online HERE or at paradisecreek.elizabethriver.org.

Join the park’s horticulture team, Larry Lapell and Yolima Carr and plant native trees and transplant large perennials to a new garden. Fall is the perfect time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials so these plants have the winter to establish their roots and be ready for next year’s hot summer. Please dress for working outdoors.

  • Guests should wear a face mask at all times and will be required to verify they are in good health and not experiencing any Covid symptoms.
  • Staff and Participants should practice social distancing during this and all programs.
  • Maximum 8 guests, pre-registration only.
  • Guests should bring a facemask, hat, work gloves, sunscreen and bottle of water.

 


Seed Collecting Workshop

Date: November 21

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Age: All ages. Children mus be accompanied by adults.

Cost: $5 -  REGISTRATION REQUIRED - Register online HERE or at paradisecreek.elizabethriver.org.

Join the park’s horticulture team, Larry Lapell and Yolima Carr and plant native trees and transplant large perennials to a new garden. Fall is the perfect time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials so these plants have the winter to establish their roots and be ready for next year’s hot summer. Please dress for working outdoors.

  • Guests should wear a face mask at all times and will be required to verify they are in good health and not experiencing any Covid symptoms.
  • Staff and Participants should practice social distancing during this and all programs.
  • Maximum 8 guests, pre-registration only.
  • Guests should bring a facemask, hat, work gloves, sunscreen and bottle of water.