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Barge Cited for Excellence

Our Learning Barge was named one of the state's top 10 "centers for environmental education excellence" Sept. 8 by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. "Barge on," as our students say! Robin Dunbar, Deputy Director - Education, received the award at Natural Bridge Park. Read more about "America's Greenest Vessel"

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A BIG THANKS to Citgo Petroleum!

BIG THANKS to CITGO Petroleum for their $10,000 donation from their Caring for the Coast program for the Paradise Creek Nature Park’s future Maritime Playground.  Roger Bullock, who manages their terminal at Money Point in Chesapeake, presented the check yesterday.

The Learning Barge
She's Absolutely Beautiful

Learning Barge “Splashes” After Donated Spruce Up. Thanks for Unprecedented Support, Maritime Heroes!

Groundbreaking - Phase 2 at Paradise Creek Nature Park
Groundbreaking – Phase 2 Paradise Creek Nature Park

Thanks to generous donors, Phase 2 will bring a kayak launch, two super-green education pavilions, a maritime playground and expanded green parking.

Click here to read more!

The Case for Grassroots Collaboration - Cover
We're the focus of a new book!

Local professors studied us for two years to publish The Case for Grassroots Collaboration.

For more information or to purchase the book, click HERE.

Beazley Funds Park Pavilion - Elizabeth River Project
Beazley Funds Park Pavilion

The Beazley Foundation has approved a grant of $125,000 to build a signature entry pavilion with compost toilets, rain filtration and an enclosed classroom at Paradise Creek Nature Park! Thank you, Beazley friends.

For more information about the park, click HERE.

Batten Endowment Challenge
River’s First Endowment Awarded

Elizabeth River Project is the proud recipient of the Batten Endowment Challenge at Hampton Roads Community Foundation.

For more information, click HERE

River Star Homes Program Manager

Meet New River Star Homes Program Manager, Sara Felker.

"I am excited to be a part of the Elizabeth River Project. I have had a variety of environmental science experiences- from studying native Virginian plants to investigating nutrient cycles in the Alaskan tundra. I have my Bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia and my Master's degree in Ecology from the University of Arizona. Most recently, I worked developing educational materials for science teachers. I am anxious to help with our mission to clean our river."
More about Sarah

Businesses Reduce Pollution

Congratulations to our 109 River Star Businesses. This past year, you reduced pollution voluntarily by more than 30 million pounds!

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Family Activities at Paradise Creek Park
Family Activities at Paradise Creek Park

Join in the FUN, NEW family activities at Paradise Creek Nature Park!

Looking for something fun to do with your family… that’s also meaningful? We’ve planned “Paradise” just for you!

Enjoy the great outdoors with activities sure to spark your curiosity about your home river and how you can help. Go home the sure feeling that your actions count.

Click here to register - Space is limited!

From Rover to River - no poop left behind!
Scoop the Poop!

Did you know that pet waste is one of the top causes of harmful bacteria in our local rivers?

Thanks to everyone who pledged to scoop the poop! Keep scooping!

For more information, click HERE.

Elizabeth River Osprey
Elizabeth River Osprey

Not-so-silent spring, Elizabeth River osprey announce their comeback

After spending the winter months in South America, osprey pairs return to their nesting sites.  Their high-pitched, whistling calls become the song of the River, ushering in the spring and a bustle of life.  But, this has not always been the case here on the Elizabeth.  In 1995 when the Center for Conservation Biology (CCB) surveyed the entire Chesapeake Bay osprey population, the Elizabeth River supported just five breeding pairs

Volunteers had fun at Bioblitz!
Volunteers had fun at Bioblitz!

Volunteers had loads of fun while counting 201 species during our “Bioblitz” on June 28 at Paradise Creek Nature Park! Don’t miss the next activities!

For more information, click HERE!

River Star Businesses
A big hooray for River Star Businesses!

These businesses were recognized on Jan. 22 for reducing pollution voluntarily by 312   million pounds since 1997! Results were celebrated at our annual recognition banquet, featured here by media sponsor Inside Business.

Thank you, 2015 "Stars."

For more information on River Star Businesses, click HERE.

Elizabeth Makes the Grade! - Elizabeth River Project
Elizabeth Makes the Grade!

New scientific report says our river, once presumed dead, now rates a C. That’s HUGE progress!