Paradise Creek Nature Park

Paradise Creek Nature Park Enjoy the restoration of the Elizabeth River here at Paradise Creek Nature Park. Like most urban rivers, the Elizabeth River offers limited opportunity for the public to explore her natural shores.

This park was created by the non-profit Elizabeth River Project, with the City of Portsmouth, Virginia Port Authority, and many partners, to introduce you to the wonders of a river once presumed dead-- coming back to life. Here on Paradise Creek, a finger of the Elizabeth, environmental restoration has been underway since 2001. Explore 40 acres of restored forest and wetlands, surrounded by busine

This park was created by the non-profit Elizabeth River Project, with the City of Portsmouth, Virginia Port Authority, and many partners, to introduce you to the wonders of a river once presumed dead-- coming back to life. Here on Paradise Creek, a finger of the Elizabeth, environmental restoration has been underway since 2001. Explore 40 acres of restored forest and wetlands, surrounded by busine

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Looking for a place for your Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot or to #OptOutside on Black Friday? We've got your trails at Pa...
11/25/2021

Looking for a place for your Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot or to #OptOutside on Black Friday? We've got your trails at Paradise Creek Nature Park. 🦃🏃‍♀️🍂

Looking for a place for your Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot or to #OptOutside on Black Friday? We've got your trails at Paradise Creek Nature Park. 🦃🏃‍♀️🍂

Join the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council for the Turning a New Leaf Field Day right here in Portsmouth at Pa...
11/23/2021

Join the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council for the Turning a New Leaf Field Day right here in Portsmouth at Paradise Creek Nature Park, Thursday, December 10th!

On site participants will tour and interact with a multitude of Best Management Practices from pervious walkways and rain cisterns to conservation landscaping and freshwater wetlands. Participants will learn about maintenance requirements for these practices, the collaborative efforts providing equitable access for the community, and how climate change is impacting maintenance and future planning at the park.

Registration is open to the public here: https://www.chesapeakelandscape.org/product/tanl-field-day/

Join the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council for the Turning a New Leaf Field Day right here in Portsmouth at Paradise Creek Nature Park, Thursday, December 10th!

On site participants will tour and interact with a multitude of Best Management Practices from pervious walkways and rain cisterns to conservation landscaping and freshwater wetlands. Participants will learn about maintenance requirements for these practices, the collaborative efforts providing equitable access for the community, and how climate change is impacting maintenance and future planning at the park.

Registration is open to the public here: https://www.chesapeakelandscape.org/product/tanl-field-day/

Another full house for our Master Birder James Abbott's monthly bird walk. The unique combination of ecosystems at the p...
11/20/2021

Another full house for our Master Birder James Abbott's monthly bird walk. The unique combination of ecosystems at the park makes Paradise Creek Nature Park one of Hampton Roads premier birding locations.

Books Needed!! Our Little Free Library is a work of art hand painted by local artist Peter Geiger, the library art featu...
11/20/2021

Books Needed!! Our Little Free Library is a work of art hand painted by local artist Peter Geiger, the library art features several species of birds that frequent Paradise Creek Nature Park. Please come by anytime to leave books at the library! Little Free Library

Books Needed!! Our Little Free Library is a work of art hand painted by local artist Peter Geiger, the library art features several species of birds that frequent Paradise Creek Nature Park. Please come by anytime to leave books at the library! Little Free Library

The staff and "A" team volunteers were invited to tour Mattanock Town in Suffolk this week. Nansemond Chief Keith Anders...
11/13/2021

The staff and "A" team volunteers were invited to tour Mattanock Town in Suffolk this week. Nansemond Chief Keith Anderson gave us a tour of the property and discussed future plans for the property.

The staff and "A" team volunteers were invited to tour Mattanock Town in Suffolk this week. Nansemond Chief Keith Anderson gave us a tour of the property and discussed future plans for the property.

"Now a stately tree stands tallOn the banks of the Elizabeth RiverSurrounded by ferns and sloping trenchesDogwood saplin...
11/09/2021

"Now a stately tree stands tall
On the banks of the Elizabeth River
Surrounded by ferns and sloping trenches
Dogwood saplings and restful benches
Indigenous flowers of enticing hues
Yellows reds pinks and blues
A quiet place for those that seek
A peaceful eden like retreat
Beneath the spreading shading arms
Of the mighty elm of Paradise Creek"

An excerpt from "The Mighty Elm of Paradise Creek" by Russell F. Flynn, Jr.
Read the full poem & rest in the shade of this magnificent tree
during your next visit to Paradise Creek Nature Park

View more & submit your #LoveLiz Elizabeth River adventures, photos, stories, and inspirations: https://elizabethriver.org/loveliz

"Now a stately tree stands tall
On the banks of the Elizabeth River
Surrounded by ferns and sloping trenches
Dogwood saplings and restful benches
Indigenous flowers of enticing hues
Yellows reds pinks and blues
A quiet place for those that seek
A peaceful eden like retreat
Beneath the spreading shading arms
Of the mighty elm of Paradise Creek"

An excerpt from "The Mighty Elm of Paradise Creek" by Russell F. Flynn, Jr.
Read the full poem & rest in the shade of this magnificent tree
during your next visit to Paradise Creek Nature Park

View more & submit your #LoveLiz Elizabeth River adventures, photos, stories, and inspirations: https://elizabethriver.org/loveliz

It's November! Join us for our updated seasonal hours, 7:00am-5:30pm, now through February 7th.
11/01/2021

It's November! Join us for our updated seasonal hours, 7:00am-5:30pm, now through February 7th.

It's November! Join us for our updated seasonal hours, 7:00am-5:30pm, now through February 7th.

HOO's there? Our Forest School participants had a special visit from Nature's Nanny Wildlife Rehabilitation to learn abo...
10/31/2021

HOO's there? Our Forest School participants had a special visit from Nature's Nanny Wildlife Rehabilitation to learn about our local owl species and how forested areas like our park are so important to their survival.

10/29/2021

Earth Stars are cool!

Spiders and bats, oh my! The first couple of weeks of Forest School have children creating spider webs, searching for sp...
10/27/2021

Spiders and bats, oh my! The first couple of weeks of Forest School have children creating spider webs, searching for spiders in the gardens and forest trails, creating bat boxes, and even playing a rousing game of "Bat and Moth."

Thanks for keeping things "wild" with your membership support of the Elizabeth River Project: https://elizabethriver.org/membership-and-donor-societies

10/27/2021
10/25/2021

Ever so gently
Just as we
Shall be
Let them all be

Let the ladybirds on a rose bush be
Let the worms deep down in the earth be
Let all the little creatures come to me
Let all the elementals come to see

Ever so knowingly
Just as we
Shall be
Let them all be

Poem written by Athey Thompson
Taken from A Little Book Of Poetry
By Athey Thompson🍂

Art by John Anster Fitzgerald

Understanding birds & weather: Fall birding basics - eBird
10/25/2021
Understanding birds & weather: Fall birding basics - eBird

Understanding birds & weather: Fall birding basics - eBird

Fall migration is an exciting time for birds. With migrants on the move your local birding site can be transformed from the static to the dynamic overnight, with a suite of new species to identify, an abundance of individuals, and a feeling that anything is possible.

We had so much fun with fungi this morning, identifying species Paradise Creek Nature Park with local expert and "Mushro...
10/23/2021

We had so much fun with fungi this morning, identifying species Paradise Creek Nature Park with local expert and "Mushroom Queen" Theresa Augustin! 🍄

We were honored to welcome Chief Keith Anderson of the Nansemond Indian Nation to Paradise Creek Nature Park yesterday. ...
10/22/2021

We were honored to welcome Chief Keith Anderson of the Nansemond Indian Nation to Paradise Creek Nature Park yesterday. The Chief enjoyed a tour of the park that culminated with his meeting our "A" Team Volunteers.

We were honored to welcome Chief Keith Anderson of the Nansemond Indian Nation to Paradise Creek Nature Park yesterday. The Chief enjoyed a tour of the park that culminated with his meeting our "A" Team Volunteers.

Leave the leaves to garden WITH wildlife. "Mother nature gives us gifts year round, but one of my favorites is fall. The...
10/22/2021

Leave the leaves to garden WITH wildlife. "Mother nature gives us gifts year round, but one of my favorites is fall. The colors of the leaves, changing the landscaping, and the beauty of seeing the leaves falling on a windy day are gifts.
Ever stop and think about who lives and shelters under those leaves? Bees, butterflies, caterpillars, lizards, frogs, salamanders, and even birds rely on leaf "litter" to survive. This is why we need you to rethink your fall "cleanup" and leave leaves on the ground.

The leaves on the ground, around trees, shrubs, flower beds, and compost piles are for wildlife and good bugs what home, heat, food and safety are for us humans. Many of these tiny creatures and their eggs and chrysalides’ nest on these leaves. During wintertime, there is food shortage and the leaves and what goes underneath like fungi helps to keep all these animals protected and healthy over winter. Plus these leaves provide natural nutrients to the soil, fertilizing and protecting the roots of trees and shrubs.

Let’s mimic nature and work with her, doing what she has been doing for thousands of years, leaving the leaves for bugs health, trees, gardens, and humans as well. If you absolutely must "clean" our yards or gardens, please use a rake, but blowers kills the eggs and most of these tiny bugs. And consider relocating the leaves on your property instead of disposing of them."

See Yolima's techniques first-hand here at Paradise Creek Nature Park , where she is our Conservation Curator, thanks to Elizabeth River Project members. Join today, https://elizabethriver.org/membership-and-donor-societies.

Leave the leaves to garden WITH wildlife. "Mother nature gives us gifts year round, but one of my favorites is fall. The colors of the leaves, changing the landscaping, and the beauty of seeing the leaves falling on a windy day are gifts.
Ever stop and think about who lives and shelters under those leaves? Bees, butterflies, caterpillars, lizards, frogs, salamanders, and even birds rely on leaf "litter" to survive. This is why we need you to rethink your fall "cleanup" and leave leaves on the ground.

The leaves on the ground, around trees, shrubs, flower beds, and compost piles are for wildlife and good bugs what home, heat, food and safety are for us humans. Many of these tiny creatures and their eggs and chrysalides’ nest on these leaves. During wintertime, there is food shortage and the leaves and what goes underneath like fungi helps to keep all these animals protected and healthy over winter. Plus these leaves provide natural nutrients to the soil, fertilizing and protecting the roots of trees and shrubs.

Let’s mimic nature and work with her, doing what she has been doing for thousands of years, leaving the leaves for bugs health, trees, gardens, and humans as well. If you absolutely must "clean" our yards or gardens, please use a rake, but blowers kills the eggs and most of these tiny bugs. And consider relocating the leaves on your property instead of disposing of them."

See Yolima's techniques first-hand here at Paradise Creek Nature Park , where she is our Conservation Curator, thanks to Elizabeth River Project members. Join today, https://elizabethriver.org/membership-and-donor-societies.

10/21/2021
10/21/2021
Photos from Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council's post
10/15/2021

Photos from Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council's post

10/14/2021
10/09/2021
There goes Atlanta showing off again!
10/05/2021

There goes Atlanta showing off again!

"This site is Atlanta's first Community Urban Food Forest, as well as a new model for a City of Atlanta park. The food forest will produce a wide variety of fresh, flavorful, and healthy nuts, fruits, vegetables, herbs, and mushrooms, which will become available for public consumption. Located in an area identified as a food desert, the site was a working farm as recently as 2000. Neighbors still talk about the land’s former owners, Ruby and Willie Morgan, who left excess produce from their farm on fence posts for neighbors to claim and enjoy."

Link: https://www.aglanta.org/urban-food-forest-at-browns-mill-1

The colors of fall
10/05/2021

The colors of fall

The colors of fall

10/04/2021

Milkweed seeds are starting to fly! Each common milkweed seed pod can contain 50-100 seeds and some plants may have several pods.

Photo: Common milkweed seeds by Courtney Celley/USFWS.

10/02/2021

#leavetheleaves #vnpsshrc

10/01/2021
Thank you A Team member Dr. John Joyce for the tour of your Old Town home and gardens!
10/01/2021

Thank you A Team member Dr. John Joyce for the tour of your Old Town home and gardens!

This Rough Green Snake was supervising us during our garden maintenance yesterday.
10/01/2021

This Rough Green Snake was supervising us during our garden maintenance yesterday.

This Rough Green Snake was supervising us during our garden maintenance yesterday.

The bright red color of the Asparagus seed pods are in sharp contrast with the surrounding Goldenrod. See if you can spo...
09/25/2021

The bright red color of the Asparagus seed pods are in sharp contrast with the surrounding Goldenrod. See if you can spot them in the salt marsh buffer on your next walk around paradise.

The bright red color of the Asparagus seed pods are in sharp contrast with the surrounding Goldenrod. See if you can spot them in the salt marsh buffer on your next walk around paradise.

The colors of Summer are changing in the park with the Helianthus and Goldenrod are in bloom our outdoor classroom is ag...
09/25/2021

The colors of Summer are changing in the park with the Helianthus and Goldenrod are in bloom our outdoor classroom is again awash in yellow.

The colors of Summer are changing in the park with the Helianthus and Goldenrod are in bloom our outdoor classroom is again awash in yellow.

Good morning beautiful, Not everyone thinks that Stinkhorn Fungus are beautiful but we sure do!
09/25/2021

Good morning beautiful, Not everyone thinks that Stinkhorn Fungus are beautiful but we sure do!

Good morning beautiful, Not everyone thinks that Stinkhorn Fungus are beautiful but we sure do!

The Dominion Learning Barge is an example of cutting edge educational programming that the Elizabeth River Project provi...
09/22/2021
Pulling up Oyster Cages aboard the Learning Barge

The Dominion Learning Barge is an example of cutting edge educational programming that the Elizabeth River Project provides.

Join the Elizabeth River Project's educators aboard the Learning Barge to see what's living in our oyster cages. Oyster reefs are important habitat in the El...

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I’m hoping you can tell Me what this is. I’ve seen several in my butterfly/bee garden this year.
Today was so beautiful and relaxing at Paradise Creek! So many great fragrances, sights, and sounds!
That spider came out to say hello 😳
I have black snakes in 2 bird houses around the trails.
A very fond farewell and best wishes to a fine young lady, Kat Fish, the former Community and Volunteer Coordinator at Paradise Creek Nature Park. Good luck with your new job at the James River Association!
A few i would like to share
Are the trails handicap accessible? Hardpacked or concrete?
Excellent book on the importance of native species: Bringing Nature Home, by Doug Tallamy.
Did you know? Milkweed is the host plant for the monarch butterfly. As the monarch larva consumes the milkweed leaves, it also retains the cardiac glycosides making the monarch toxic to predators. Milkweed is the common name for a group of plants that belong to the Asclepias genus. This genus of plants is named after Asclepius, the god of medicine and healing in ancient Greek mythology.
We spotted a beautiful Indigo Bunting in the park yesterday!!
Is City of Portsmouth responsible for maintaining the park? There's a good amount of overgrowth near the bridge and you can barely see the wonderful metal birds/metal people artwork at the other end of the bridge. It'd be nice if it were trimmed back a bit. If not, is anyone interested in helping clear this up?
Are there any kayakers regularly using the launch at Paridise Creek? Have the basics down, but would like to meet up for advice and outtings close to home...