Stroll along the forested trails and restored wetlands at Paradise Creek Nature Park and it’s hard to believe you’re in the heart of a working industrial harbor. Created by the Elizabeth River Project thanks to donors like you, this 40-acre oasis is a living, on-going demonstration engaging all ages in what it means to restore healthy shores on the Elizabeth River. With your help, we’ll continue revitalization of the forest with native species. Members like you also make possible our popular education and volunteer programs, inspiring the City of Portsmouth to keep operating the site as the city’s 3rd largest public park.
“Portsmouth’s Paradise Creek Nature Park has gained a reputation for being one of the most dynamic spaces in Hampton Roads since it opened to the public in 2012 in an area of heavy industry and historic pollution.”
Paradise Creek Nature Park is more than just a beautiful natural oasis in the heart of the city. It’s also home to some of the Elizabeth River Project’s most intensive environmental education programs, including our Youth Conservation Internships.
Now under a 2,000 sq. ft. expansion with an expected completion date in Fall 2022, the Fred W. Beazley River Academy gives visitors a chance to connect with nature, learn about the park’s incredible restoration and develop a lifelong love for the river.
A very special thanks go out to all the donors who made the River Academy’s expansion possible!