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May - June 2018


The Great Migration Bird Walk

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

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

Dates:  Fall -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.  (757)-392-7132,

Dates:  Saturday June 16 (12-2 PM), register by Thursday June 14

             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


May 26

Sept. 22

Sept. 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:    12 and up (younger must be accompanied by adult).

Day:    Wednesdays

Time:  3 pm – 5 pm


May 30

June 6

June 13

June 20

June 27

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.


Rain Harvesting for River Star Homes

Age:    Adult (River Star Homes encouraged!)

Date: Saturday, June 23

Time: 10am-noon

Why waste your continuous source of fresh water? Instead, harvest your rain for re-use in landscaping. Elizabeth River Project’s River Star Homes program helps you pay the costs if you live in Norfolk, Chesapeake and Kempsville area of Virginia Beach for 125-gallon rain barrels, “rain gardens” and “dry wells.” See our examples at the park’s new River Academy and come away ready to plan your own. FREE but registration required,


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:

Plein Air Open Studio and Peer Critique

Come paint the day away at Paradise Creek Nature Park!  We will meet at the River Academy at 10am and paint from 10am-2pm, but feel free to get a head start. From 2pm-3pm, we will meet at the Beazley River Academy (on site) and have light refreshments and peer critique of your paintings. Artists of all levels welcome!

Recommended to bring: Your usual plein aire supplies and a folding chair

Space is limited- Email to register!

Date: Saturday, May 26th

Time: 10am -3pm Take a break and join Robin for River Yoga from 12pm-1pm!

Cost: Donation of at least $5 requested to cover refreshments

Volunteer Opportunities

Paradise Creek Nature Park offers a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Neary 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.

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