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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 and scheduled 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.

 


Launch & Learn Kayak/Canoe Outing

Dates: September 5 9:00am – 11:00am

Age: 16 and above

Cost: $10 for members $20 for non-members. REGISTRATION REQUIRED Register online HERE or at paradisecreek.elizabethriver.org.

Paddle the largest restored wetland in Virginia that’s open for public recreation. Join our master naturalist guide as we get an intimate look at the saltmarsh ecosystem and how our actions affects the Elizabeth River. Wear a hat, and bring sunscreen, closed toe shoes and plenty of water!

Participants are REQUIRED to bring their own kayak or canoe and MUST have a personal flotation device for each participant.

  • 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. Due to Covid-19 restrictions staff will not be able to assist guests into or out of their kayaks. This trip is for experienced boaters only, Paradise Creek Nature Park staff will not be able to assist boaters.
  • Guests should bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty 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.

 


Meet the Marsh Critters

Date: August 29

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Age: All ages

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

Join park staff as we get up close and personal with our marsh critters. We will introduce you to the amazing critters that live in the Paradise Creek Nature Park salt marsh. Participants will be able to touch, feel and observe periwinkles, fiddler crabs, and other critters. We will also discuss how our actions affect the river and how they can help keep our waterways clean and healthy.

  • 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.