Prince William Conservation Alliance
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Trees on Tap, A Community Gathering
Monday, March 12, 6pm to 8pm

Volunteer - Buffer Restoration Minnieville Rd
Saturday, March 24, 9am to noon

Volunteer - Merrimac Farm Wildlife Garden
Saturday, March 31, 9am to noon
Friday, April 6, 9am to noon
Saturday, April 7, 9am to noon

Annual Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm WMA
Sunday, April 8, 10am to 4pm

Comprehensive Planning 101
Tuesday, April 24, 7-9pm

Smart Growth Tour - It Can Happen Here
Saturday, June 2, 10am to noon.

Bird Walk at Merrimac Farm WMA
Last Sunday of every month beginning at 8:00am... except for December, when we host the Nokesville Christmas Bird Count.

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Questions? Contact PWCA at 703.490.5200,

Trees on Tap - The Rural Crescent

When: Monday, March 12, 6-8pm

Where: Waters End Brewery, 12425 Dillingham Square, Lake Ridge

Peaceful countrysideA Community Get-together

What's happening with our urban growth boundary, the Rural Crescent? Join us to hear the latest news.

Special guests Woodbridge Supervisor Frank Principi and Brentsville Supervisor Jeanine Lawson.

Share your views and meet new friends! Questions? Contact us at alliance@ or 703.499.4954

Volunteer! Buffer Restoration at Minnieville Rd

March 24, 9am to noon

RSVP to alliance@, 703.499.4954

Where: Meet in the parking lot for K9 Gunner Dog Park, near the intersection of Minnieville Road and Colby Drive

Azure on AstersPWCAs Native Plant Buffer near K9 Gunner Memorial Dog Park has helped transform a barren slope from an environmental problem into an attractive buffer that showcases Virginia’s native plants.

We need your help to to keep this area looking beautiful and free from nonnative invasive plants! Please join us... it's lots of fun and there's a great return on your investment. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes.

Volunteer! Wildlife Garden at Merrimac Farm WMA

March 31, 9am to noon
April 6, 9am to noon
April 7, 9am to noon
April 28, 9am to noon

RSVP to alliance@, 703.499.4954

Where: Meet at Merrimac Farm, Stone House, 15014 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville

MonardaHelp get the Wildlife Garden ready for spring and prep for the Annual Bluebell Festival!

The Wildlife Garden is a great area to watch wildlife, learn about native plants and pollinators, and get ideas for your own backyard.

On April 6 and 7, we will also be cleaning the Stone House. Every volunteer makes a difference, even if you just come once. Please wear longpants, long socks and sturdy shoes.

Comprehensive Planning 101

When: Tuesday, April 24, 7-9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

Where: Clearbrook Center for the Arts, 2230 Tacketts Mill Drive, Woodbridge

RSVP: alliance@, 703.490.5200

Route 234 corridor Come learn the basics of land use and transportation planning in Prince William. Get smarter and get more effective in steering how we can create high quality live-work-play communities with transit and save green open space too.

Prince William County is updating the Comprehensive Plan now. The eight elected supervisors are changing the rules on what development can occur, and where.

The Rural Area could be re-opened to sprawl subdivisions (ugh), or we could re-affirm the plan since 1998 to focus growth in the Development Area (yeah).

PWCA can help you get dangerously smart. Bring your questions, learn from our short presentations, and meet others who care about where we live.

Smart Growth Tour - It Can Happen Here

When: Saturday, June 2, 10am to noon

Where: Manassas VRE Station, 9451 West St, Manassas

RSVP: alliance@, 703.490.5200

Manassas VRE Manassas is doing it right. The city is following smart growth principles, investing in public infrastructure that is creating a live-work-play downtown.

In contrast, Prince William is considering going back to the "dumb growth" practices that created expensive suburban sprawl until the 1998 Comprehensive Plan defined an urban growth boundary, separating the Rural Area from the Development Area.

Join us on a one-hour walk around Manassas, see how integrated land use and transportation planning creates "progress," and join us afterwards for coffee and conversation.

Bird Walks at Merrimac Farm

When: On the last Sunday of every month at 8am (except December when we sponsor the Nokesville Christmas Bird Count)

Where: Meet at Merrimac Farm, Stone House, 15014 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville

Phoebe by Julia FlanaganWe'll look for birds as we travel through the uplands to the edge of the floodplain, covering a variety of habitats, including open fields and woodland edges. Everyone is welcome.

Dress for the weather, bring binoculars and cameras. More info and RSVP (appreciated) to PWCA , 703.499.4954 or

View the bird list for Merrimac Farm HERE.


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Prince William Conservation Alliance is a nonprofit watershed organization serving Prince William and surrounding communities. We're working to explore, enjoy and protect our natural areas, and increase community involvement in stewardship opportunities.