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DO SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL

Volunteering for the Elizabeth River Project is a great way to do something beautiful for the Elizabeth River. From litter clean-up and restoration projects to volunteer opportunities at Paradise Creek Nature Park, anyone can pitch in and do their part to help clean the river.

Litter Clean-Ups

Litter isn’t just ugly; it hurts wildlife and the river’s ecosystem. Register as a volunteer at one of our upcoming litter clean-up events. We’ll provide the garbage bags, trash grabbers and gloves (if you don’t have your own). Events will be rescheduled in the event of rain or extreme weather. Want to hold your own Elizabeth River clean-up event with your school, business, organization or neighborhood group? Contact Volunteer Coordinator Kayla Gradwell at kgradwell@elizabethriver.org to get started.

  • Saturday, March 9th 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Colley Ave
  • Saturday, April 6th 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Harbor Park

Lead Your Own Litter Clean-Up

Want to hold your own clean-up event with your school, business, organization or neighborhood group? That’s awesome! Just send your results, photos and some of the most common and uncommon things you find during your cleanup to: Kayla Gradwell at kgradwell@elizabethriver.org. Or, share it on social media and tag us.

Paradise Creek Nature Park

Volunteer to help our staff on seasonal tasks such as weeding, planting, cleaning, pruning and light maintenance. Or get involved with other new volunteer efforts at the park. Register today as a Paradise Creek Volunteer and we’ll alert you to the latest volunteer opportunities.

  • Saturday, March 2nd 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, March 9th 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Restoration Projects

From wetland plantings to oyster reef installations, our restoration projects are a rewarding way to get involved and help the river. Register today as a Restoration Volunteer and we’ll alert you to the latest volunteer opportunities.

Help Build a New Wetland (NOTE: volunteers may be required to lift up to 50 lbs)

Shoreline Site: Norfolk

  • Tuesday, Feb 27th 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, Feb 28th 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, Feb 29th 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday, March 1st 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Mon, March 4th 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Tuesday, March 5th 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 6th 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 7th 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Friday, March 8th 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

We welcome volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, and we are always looking for new skills and talents to enhance our work. Whether you have experience in horticulture, education, administration, or any other field, we would love to hear from you. You can contact us with any special interests or skills that you would like to share by filling out the form below or sending an email to kgradwell@elizabethriver.org.

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