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HRSD: New Hall of Famer

Hooray for environmental achievements celebrated at our annual River Star Businesses Recognition Luncheon. HRSD made Hall of Fame!

Photo Essay: Climbing Aboard the Learning Barge

On a fall morning, a lot is happening on the steel deck of the Dominion Virginia Power Learning Barge. A stream of fourth grade students from Granby Elementary School follows Robin Dunbar, the Elizabeth River Project’s deputy director of education, onto the vessel where they will measure oyster shells, listen to osprey calls, find periwinkles in the wetland observation pool and make traditional mud art. MORE

New Grant for Park!

Thank you, Hampton Roads Community Foundation, for $100,000 for Phase 2 amenities at our Paradise Creek Nature Park.

Learn more about park HERE

Read more about the grant HERE.

Rob Mulholland's mesmerizing art coming to Paradise Creek Nature Park.

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the Elizabeth River Project a $50,000 grant to bring renowned Scottish sculptor Rob Mulholland to Paradise Creek Nature Park in Portsmouth in 2016 for his first major installation in the US. 

Chesapeake’s Newest Living Shoreline

Transforming an Unstable Shore at Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways Park.

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." 


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."
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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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