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Forest School Fall 2021!

Sign ups for Forest School this Fall are now live! Click here for more information and to sign up! 


Youth Conservation Interns

Ending up our final week with our Summer 2021 Youth Conservation Interns! It's been such a fun summer! 

Cradock Civic League Presents: 102 Patriotic Salute!

Come see us at the 102 Patriotic Salute event held in Afton Square, July 3rd, 2021 from 10:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. ! 


Paradise Creek Nature Park and The American Public Gardens Association Announce the Debut of GO PUBLIC GARDENS DAYS - MAY 7-16, 2021 

Go Public Gardens Days is the annual Spring observance of the American Public Gardens Association's ongoing Go Public Gardens campaign to drive attention and attendace to botanical gardens and arboreta across North America and the world. 

Paradise Creek Nature Park is offering: Volunteer Service Day, Spring Bird Walk, and Meet the Critters during the week. 

Check out this video on Go Public Gardens Days 2021!

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Elizabeth River Scorecard
Park Public Programs

In order to ensure the safety of staff and guests these guidelines must 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
LOTS of goo is going - more than 10 million pounds!

Thanks to pioneer efforts of the Living River Trust.

Pioneer technology will be used to clean up more than 10 million pounds of PCB contamination in the bottom of Paradise Creek, thanks to a nearly $6 million project launched Sept. 30 by our sister non-profit, the Living River Trust, with contracted project management by ERP.

Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional - Associate Certification!

Congratulants to Justin and Thomas, they are the first two students in the state of Virginia to earn their Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional - Associate certification! The skills learned during certification prepares students for careers in conservation landscaping and storm water management.

American Elm the focus of new Paradise Creek project
New Native Tree Grove

Come check out the new native tree grove planted at Paradise! Invasive species were removed from the area, and then native trees, such as the Loblolly Pine and Sasafrass tree were planted.  These native trees will also serve as a nice habitat for our native birds and other animals.

Living Landscape Artist: Yolima Carr Article

Horticulturalist and Master Gardener Yolima Carr has Shaped Coastal Virginia, from Norfolk Botanical Garden to Paradise Creek Nature Park Since 1993, Yolima Carr has been a stalwart fixture on the local horticultural scene. From her first job pulling weeds as a gardener at the Norfolk Botanical Garden to her current position as the Elizabeth River Project’s (ERP) Conservation Landscape Curator at Paradise Creek Nature Park in Portsmouth, Carr’s passion for conservation landscaping has been the driving force in her professional life.  Read the Coastal Virginia Magazine feature. 

   Learn first-hand from Yolima in her Fall Planting Workshop, Saturday, Oct. 24, 10am-Noon at Paradise Creek Nature Park - click here to register

Dills Architects

Architect cites our "genuine impact" for why a large design team is donating services.  Dills Architects put together an impressive team of engineers, architects and even a solar company when they bid on design for Elizabeth River Project's planned expansion of the Beazley River Academy at Paradise Creek Nature Park.  "There are very few groups out there that can make genuine environmental and social impact like the ERP, and we want to help insure their success well into the future," says firm owner Clay Dills.

Youth Conservation Interns

Our partners at Hampton Roads Workforce Council usually place high school interns from low income neighborhoods at host sites throughout the region each summer. Not this summer. No thanks to COVID, only two sites were still welcoming the program.  We're very proud that Justin Greene and Thomas Jones just completed their second summer with us as Youth Conservation Interns at our Paradise Creek Nature Park, thanks to the council and your generous support. After two summers in a row learning conservation horticulture, they transformed "from caterpillars last year to butterflies this year," as one mentor put it, and began leading programs to teach others! Support all our community education programs with your gift to the Next Wave campaign.

Victory Elementary Planting

The education team from Paradise Creek Nature Park worked together with students, teachers, and parents from Victory Elementary School to implement a Youth Resilient Project to address flooding in their schoolyard.  Each grade will participate in different kinds of planting projects including rain gardens, shade gardens, a pollinator garden, and a native tree grove.  The master gardeners and our Paradise Creek Nature Park volunteers helped prepare the locations for planting.  The students are working together to create a Resilient STEM school as a wonderful model as stewards for other schools to follow.

Upcoming Holiday Wreath Workshop in Paradise!

Join us on Saturday November 23rd for our Holiday Wreath Workshop in Paradise! Create your own wreath masterpiece from cedar branches, pine branches, holly branches, pinecones, magnolia leaves, and oyster shells.  All materials and supplies included.  $30 for members, $40 for non-members. Limited space availiblePlease register online.