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A Virtual Tour of Virginia American Water’s Clean Water Farm in PWC
Thursday, April 2, 7:30pm (Rescheduled due to snow!)

Volunteer - Native Plant Planting
Saturday, March 21 beginning at 9:00am

Volunteer - Bluebird Monitor Training
Saturday, March 29 beginning at 2:00pm

Oh Deer! Strategies for White tail Deer Management
Monday, March 23, beginning at 9:15

Volunteer - Minnieville Road Buffer Restoration
Saturday, March 28 beginning at 10:00am

Bird Walk at Merrimac Farm
Last Sunday of every month beginning at 8:00am

Volunteer - Wildlife Garden Work Days
beginning April 21... view the schedule here

PWC Eco-Park: Environment, Energy and Education
Thursday, June 4 at 7:30pm, Tour Saturday, June 6 at 10:00am

A Virtual Tour of Virginia American Water’s Clean Water Farm in PWC

When: Thursday, March 5, 7:30pm

Where: Bull Run UU Church, 9250 Main St., Manassas

Clean Water Speaker: Terry Miller,Plant Manager

Many of us enjoy gardening as a hobby. Some of us understand farm life and what it entails. Join us on March 5 to learn how a clean water farm operates and why we look at it in the same way someone may understand gardening or farming.

Virginia American Water's clean water farm deals with the same issues as a gardener or a farmer. They deal with weeds and pests, unwanted predators as well as both good and bad weather conditions. They rely on planning for seasonal changes and preparing in some way for acts of nature that cannot be predicted just like a farmer would.

What makes their “farm” unique is that regardless of the season or weather conditions, they must harvest our crop daily. And this crop cannot be simply okay, it must meet stringent standards and we must meet those standards all the time, twenty-four hours a day, and seven days a week. Please join us for a virtual tour of Virginia American Water’s clean water farm led by Terry Miller, the plant’s manager.

Volunteer Native Plant Planting - The Wildlife Garden at Merrimac Farm

When: March 21 2015, 9:00am to noon
Rescheduled from March 14 due to cold weather

Where: 15020 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville, directions

RSVP Please to alliance@, 703-490-5200

Twelve-spotted SkimmerWe'll have bare root seedlings, grasses, and wildflowers to plant between the Wildlife Garden and floodplain wetlands... we'll need a lot of help!

The Wildlife Garden - a four season greenscape of native plants - creates a high quality area for families to watch wildlife in a public area that is easy to access. We recently added a Pollinator Palace, habitat for beneficial insects that adds some nature art to the garden. It looks terrific, join us on March 14 to help plant more plants and see for yourself.

All ages are welcome. Lunch is provided. For more info and to RSVP, email or call 703.490-5200.

NOTE! Due to unusually cold weather, the ground may still be frozen and we may need to change our planting date. Please RSVP so we can keep you informed.

Volunteer - 2015 Bluebird Trails Open for Business Soon!

When: Sunday, March 29, 2:00 to 3:30am

Where: Meet in front of Chinn Library entrance

RSVP appreciated. Call PWCA at 703-499-4954 or email alliance@

House Finch in the coldThanks to the many people who install and tend nesting boxes, Bluebird populations are growing. We need volunteers to help monitor the Bluebird Trails at Merrimac Farm, Chinn Park, and Veteran's Park.

Volunteers make sure all is well, address problems as needed, and record information about activity in each of the nesting boxes included in the Chinn Park Bluebird Trail. Volunteers follow a protocol to ensure birds nesting in the boxes are not disturbed.

This is a great activity for families. It takes about 90 minutes to cover an entire trail... unless you notice interesting things along the way and stop to take a closer look! There's nothing quite like seeing newborn Bluebirds grow from hatchling to fledgling.

Oh Deer! Strategies for White tail Deer Management

When: Monday, March 23, 9:15am (coffee and networking) to 1:45pm. The program begins promptly at 9:45

Register online HERE (space is limited)

Lunch provided by Good Grubbin for $10 (paid on site) OR Brown Bag Lunch; enter your choice when you register online

Where: Prince William Cabin Camp 5 (Happy Land), Mawavi Road, Triangle, directions

White-tailed DeerCapital Region Invasive Pest Symposium
Sponsored by PWCA

Join us to get up to date information regarding deer management issues within the Capital Region. The program opens with welcoming remarks from George Liffert, National Park Service, and Joan Allen, Chair, Capital Region Pest Symposia.

Topics and Speakers:

  • Deer Management in Northern Virginia, Kevin Rose, Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • Fairfax County Deer Management Program, Katharine Edwards, Fairfax County Animal Control
  • National Park Service Deer Management, Scott Bates, National Park Service
  • Influences of overabundant herbivores and invasive plants on native Mid-Atlantic forest communities, Norm Bourg, Smithsonian Institute
  • Panel Discussion covering the social and natural resource implications of deer management in the capital region with the previous speakers and:
    • Prince William Supervisor Marty Nohe
    • Charles Smith, Prince William Conservation Alliance
    • Jim McGlone, VA Dept. of Forestry
  • Field walk led by Eric Kelley, National Park Service


Minnieville Road Buffer Restoration

When: Saturday, March 28 starting at 10:00am

Where: Minnieville Road, next to K9 Gunner Memorial Dog Park

Hermit ThrushPlease join us in our continued efforts to restore the buffer next to K9 Gunner Memorial Park on Minnieville Road. We will be planting native plants, trees and shrubs. Read more about this great project here.

More info and RSVP (appreciated) to PWCA , 703.499.4954 or


Bird Walks at Merrimac Farm

When: The last Sunday of every month, beginning at 8:00am.

Where: Merrimac Farm, Stone House, 15020 Deepwood Lane

House Finch in the coldWe'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.

View the bird list for Merrimac Farm HERE.

Dress for the weather, bring binoculars and cameras. More info and RSVP (appreciated not required) to PWCA , 703.499.4954 or

Eco-Park-Environment, Energy and Education

When: Thursday, June 4 at 7:30pm

Where:Bull Run UU Church, 9250 Main St., Manassas

Twelve-spotted SkimmerSpeaker, Tom Smith, Prince William County Public Works, Solid Waste Division Chief.

Prince William County is working to transform the Landfill into a community resource for producing green energy, recovering valuable material and providing opportunities for research and education. The Eco Park will focus on the three E's-Environment (Sustainability and Environmental Protection), Energy (Renewable Technologies) and Education (STEM and Ecology).

The goal of the Eco-Park is to educate the public on the importance of ecological sustainability, how we can protect the environment and exceed requirements in a cost effective manner.

A tour of the Landfill Eco-Park will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 10:00am as a follow up to the conversation.

For more info and to RSVP (seating is limited to 40), email or call 703.490-5200.

Wildlife Garden Workdays

Where: Stone House at Merrimac Farm, 15020 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville

Questions and RSVP (appreciated) to 703-490-5200, alliance@

Read more about this great project here.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail We planted more than 50 trees and shrubs this last spring and the wildlife garden is taking shape. We can't wait for spring!

Now we need to keep up the good work. Planting is a tough job, but all is easily lost without long-term maintenance. Please join us for a morning of weeding, pruning, watering, and wildlife watching.
Workday Schedule
Tuesday, April 21, 9am
Saturday, May 2, 9am
Tuesday, May 5, 9am
Saturday, May 16, 9am
Tuesday, May 26, 9am
Sunday, May 31, 2pm

Tuesday, June 2, 9am
Saturday, June 13, 9am
Friday, June 19, 9am
Tuesday, June 23, 9am
Sunday, June 28, at 2pm
Tuesday, July 7, 9am
Tuesday, July 21, 9am
Sunday, July 26, at 2pm

Questions and RSVP (appreciated) to,703.499.4954. We appreciate your help! Read more about Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area HERE.

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.

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