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Spring Programs June 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. 

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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.


Spring 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):  Saturday: Jun 27th 

Time:  8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE – Registration Required (one registration per adult please),

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Guided Kayaking in Paradise

Paddle the largest restored wetland in Virginia that’s open for public recreation. Ours is 11 acres, restored in 2012 by the Port of Virginia; now a teeming new ecosystem.  Wear a hat, and bring sunscreen, closed toe shoes and plenty of water!

Date:  Saturday: June 20th

Time:  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Targeted Ages:  12 and above. 12-16 years with adults.

Cost: Registration Required - $30 pp for ERP Members  and $40 pp Non ERP Members.

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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 ( Join your fellow “stars” to learn the latest on how you can help the river at home. 


Growing Native Plants from Seeds

Date: Saturday, June 27th, 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 or 757-392-7135

Native plants are terrific for the ecosystem but can be hard to find, not to mention expensive. Mike Barbachem, an environmental engineer and long-time volunteer, 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.

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