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Field Trips Relating to Your Home River

More than 6,000 students from area schools have already explored Paradise Creek Nature Park on field trips to learn the ecology of the Elizabeth River as it relates to Virginia Standards of Learning and environmental stewardship.

On April 3rd, 2018, Elizabeth River Project opened the Fred W. Beazley River Academy with an enclosed "green" classroom to expand student programs at the nature park even more. Over the next three years, we're also preparing a comprehensive pre-K to college curriculum, including homeschools, for the park and our companion education platform, the Learning Barge (currently docked at Grandy Village Learning Center), thanks to Hampton Roads Community Foundation and other funders.

Schedule Your Field Trip Today

Contact the Elizabeth River Project's Youth Resilience Coordinator, Sarah McBride, to schedule the right field trip for your school or youth group. We may have funding to help!, 757-392-7132.


4-Week Forest School at Paradise Creek Nature Park Woodland Games, Eco-art and Adventure.

Age: Preschool - 2nd Grade

Cost: $20 for 4-week program; Scholarships may be available.

Dates: Wednesdays April 14, 21, 28 & May 5; Thursdays April 15, 22, 29 & May 6.

Time: 10-11:30am OR 1-2:30pm ; Please arrive 15-minutes early.

Weather: We will reschedule if raining or extreme weather.

Register: Contact Sarah McBride, Discuss possible scholarships for those in need.

Masks: At Paradise Creek Nature Park masks are required for all ages per City Directive.  FREE critter face mask for in person participants! Health screening and waiver required for in-person programs. Will follow all current government guidance. Face masks and 6’ social distancing will be observed in all live programs.​

NEW PROGRAM FOR KIDS HOME WITH FAMILY. As Nature Explorers, youth will feel care free and energized as they participate once a week in an outdoor program where they will celebrate the trees, birds and sunshine with a sense of wonder. We will play safe and follow COVID protocol and social distancing while taking time to engineer stick sculptures, skip, hop and walk like animals as we go crossing over the river and through the woods. Youth will plant native seeds for the birds, create eco-art like stick birds and houses for small creatures. Forest school is an inspirational program that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through woodlands and natural environment. Activities will help foster resilience, confidence and enthusiasm to be outdoors and includes a range of activities from energetic games, calmer crafts and social tasks such as foraging and building. Parents are encouraged to stay as we provide activities and educators to lead the program. (Students will be divided into three small groups of no more than 10 people – Max 12 students and 1 adult per student. A typical small group will include 4 students, 4 parents and 1 educator.