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Waivers and Forms for Paradise Creek Nature Park Public Progarms:

Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability Relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19 

Paradise Creek Nature Park Field Trip Agreement Form 

Kayak Liability Form 


Below is a list of events coming up at Paradise Creek Nature Park!

We are located at 1141 Victory Boulevard in Portsmouth, Virginia.


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. 

Click Here for volunteer opportunities, dates, and times.

 


Safety Protocols for Public Programs Events.

In order to ensure the safety of staff and guests these guidelines will be followed at all times:

  • All programs are conducted outdoors, weather permitting 
  • Pre-registration only, no registrations accepted on day of program
  • Number of guests are 8 per program.
  • Guests will verify they are in good health and not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms 
  • Guests will wear appropriate facemask, if not fully vaccinated. 
  • Port-a-potties available. No public access will be given to the River Academy. 

 


Family Nature Walks

Dates: June 26

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Dates: September 18

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

Age: All ages, children accompained by adults.

Cost: FREE REGISTRATION REQUIRED Register online HERE or at paradisecreek.elizabethriver.org.

Discover the wonders of Paradise Creek! Take a walk through the park with Ranger Seana to learn about our birds and look for signs of wildlife. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

  • Guests will need to wear a face mask, if not fully vaccinated and will be required to verify they are in good health and not experiencing any Covid symptoms.
  • All programs are conducted outdoors, weather permitting. 
  • Maximum 8 guests, pre-registration only, no registerations accepted on day of program.  
  • Port-a-potties available. No public access will be given to the River Academy. 

 


Meet the Critters

Date:  June 12

Time:12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Dates: July 17, August 14, September 4. 

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Age: all ages, children accompained by adults

Cost: FREE -  REGISTRATION REQUIRED - Register online HERE or at paradisecreek.elizabethriver.org.

Join Ranger Seana, as we get close and personal with our marsh critters. Participants with be able to touch, feel and observe periwinkles, fiddler crabs, fish and other critters. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

  • Guests will need to wear a face mask, if not fully vaccinated and will be required to verify they are in good health and not experiencing any Covid symptoms.
  • All programs are conducted outdoors, weather permitting. 
  • Maximum 8 guests, pre-registration only, no registerations accepted on day of program.  
  • Port-a-potties available. No public access will be given to the River Academy. 

 


Summer Bird Walk

Date:  June 19, July 17, August 21, & September 18.

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Age: 16 and Above

Cost: $5.00 -  REGISTRATION REQUIRED - Register online HERE or at paradisecreek.elizabethriver.org.

Join our Master Birder and observe some of the many birds that stop at our park. More than 160 species of Birds have been identified at Paradise Creek Nature Park.

  • Guests will need to wear a face mask, if not fully vaccinated and will be required to verify they are in good health and not experiencing any Covid symptoms.
  • All programs are conducted outdoors, weather permitting. 
  • Maximum 8 guests, pre-registration only, no registerations accepted on day of program.  
  • Port-a-potties available. No public access will be given to the River Academy. 

Herb Collection

Date: September 11 

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Age: all ages, children accompanied by adults 

Cost $5.00 -  REGISTRATION REQUIRED - Register online HERE or at paradisecreek.elizabethriver.org.

Join Yolima Carr, Conservation Landscape Curator, to learn about foraging herbs, their medicinal properties and their meanings. Everybody will make and leave with their own herbal bouquet!

  • Guests will need to wear a face mask, if not fully vaccinated and will be required to verify they are in good health and not experiencing any Covid symptoms.
  • All programs are conducted outdoors, weather permitting. 
  • Maximum 8 guests, pre-registration only, no registerations accepted on day of program.  
  • Port-a-potties available. No public access will be given to the River Academy. 

Guided Kayak Tours

Date: June 26 

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Date: July 31 

Time: 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. 

Date: September 25 

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

Age: 12 and above. Ages 12-16 accompained by adults in kayak. 

Cost: $30.00 per person for ERP Members, $40.00 per person for Non ERP Members -  REGISTRATION REQUIRED - Register online HERE or at paradisecreek.elizabethriver.org.

Paddle the largest restoreed wetland in Virginia that's open for public recreation!                                                                                                    

  • Guests will need to wear a face mask, if not fully vaccinated and will be required to verify they are in good health and not experiencing any Covid symptoms.
  • All programs are conducted outdoors, weather permitting. 
  • Maximum 8 guests, pre-registration only, no registerations accepted on day of program.  
  • Port-a-potties available. No public access will be given to the River Academy. 

Fungi Program 

Dates: July 24 

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Age: all ages, children accompained by adults  

Cost: $5.00 -  REGISTRATION REQUIRED - Register online HERE or at paradisecreek.elizabethriver.org.

Join Theresa Augustin, Director of Environmental Engagement and Outreach of the Norfolk Botancial Gardens, for a fun fungi identification at Paradise Creek!

  • Guests will need to wear a face mask, if not fully vaccinated and will be required to verify they are in good health and not experiencing any Covid symptoms.
  • All programs are conducted outdoors, weather permitting. 
  • Maximum 8 guests, pre-registration only, no registerations accepted on day of program.  
  • Port-a-potties available. No public access will be given to the River Academy.