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November 2018 - March 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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Guided Ranger Walks

Enjoy the fall foliage at Paradise Creek! Take a walk through the park with Urban Ranger Kat Fish to learn about our native plant and wildlife and identify some of your favorite wildflowers. All ages; children under 12 must be accompanied by adults.

Dates: Saturday, Dec. 8; Saturday, January 19 and 26; Saturday, February 16 and 23; Saturday, March 16 and 30

Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

FREE – Registration Required
Contact Ranger Kat Fish, or 757-392-7132

River Star Homes Workshops

Flood Insurance Q&A

Here is your opportunity to get any and all flood insurance questions answered! Join Michael Vernon of Flood Insurance Hampton Roads, the go-to guy for homeowners and real estate agents facing rising flood insurance bills, to learn how you can lower your flood insurance premium. Enjoy a presentation followed by a Question and Answer session in the Beazley River Academy.

Event is FREE, but RSVP required to or 757-399-7487

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018

Time: 10am-Noon

Living Shorelines 101

Join ERP Restoration staff to learn about the benefits of shoreline plantings including preventing land loss, reducing polluted runoff, and protecting your property from storm damage. We will cover design, native plant selection, permitting and maintenance. After the presentation take a quick walking tour to our restored 11 acre wetland in the park!

Event is FREE, but RSVP required to or 757-399-7487

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018

Time: 10am - Noon

River Star Home Workshop

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

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019

Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

FREE – Registration Required
Contact Barbara Gavin,

The “After Turkey” Strut

Walk off some of that Thanksgiving dinner! Join Urban Ranger Kat Fish for a brisk walk around the park’s two miles of trails through forest and wetlands. Learn about our local fall flora and fauna along the way. All ages welcome. Wear walking shoes and bring your water bottle.

Ages: All ages welcome

Date: Saturday, Nov. 24 

Time: 11-Noon; 2-3 pm

FREE – no registration required

Winter Animal Adaptions

Ever wondered how animals survive the winter? Do all animals hibernate? Where do they find food? Discover what adaptations wildlife use to stay warm and protected, and learn how you can use those same adaptations this winter.  Indoors at the River Academy. All ages; under 12 must be accompanied by adults.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 1;

Time: 2 p.m.- 3 p.m.

FREE – Registration Required - Contact Ranger Kat Fish, or 757-392-7132

1st Day Hike

Start the New Year right with a healthy, 2 mile walk with Ranger Kat! Free pedometer for first ten registrants.

Date: Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Time: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

FREE- Registration Required- Contact Kat Fish, or 757-392-7132

Trees of Virginia

Learn how to identify some of our native trees with Byron Carmean of Virginia Big Trees. The workshop will begin indoors in the new River Academy classroom and will end with a short walk around the park to put your new found skills to the test.

Target Age: All ages; children under 12 must be accompanied by adults. 

Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019

Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

FREE – Registration Required - Contact Kat or 757-392-7132

Winter Bird Walk with Dave Gibson

Join local birder Dave Gibson on a winter bird walk at Paradise Creek, more than 150 different species have been spotted at the Park!  Bring your own binoculars, or borrow a pair of ours.

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019

Time: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Free- Registration Required- Contact Kat or 757-392-7132

Beginner Winter Wilderness Survival for Kids!

Try your hand a basic winter survival skills this February. Learn how to build shelters, find your way, leave trail markers, basic wilderness first aid, and more! No experience necessary, supplies provided. Great for scouts and school aged children. Will meet some Girl Scout and Boy Scout wilderness survival badge requirements.

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019

Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Cost: $10 – Registration Required - Contact Kat or 757-392-7132

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

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