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Birds, Blooms & Wildlife Diversity
Thursday, Sept 3, 7:30pm

Volunteer - Wildlife Garden Volunteer Workdays
View the schedule here

Minnieville Road Buffer Volunteer Workday
Sunday, Sept 13, 9am to noon

Root Appreciation Day Workshop
Friday, Sept 11, 9am to 2:30pm

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

Questions? Contact PWCA at 703.490.5200,

Blooms, Bugs, and Wildlife Diversity

When: Thursday, September 3 from 7:30 to 9:00pm.

Where: Bull Run UU Church, 9350 Main Street, Manassas

Gray Hairstreak1st Thursday Nature Tales with Speaker Kim Hosen

Join us to hear more about the Wildlife Garden at Merrimac Farm and why it is important. Learn how gardening with native plants in our backyards, common areas, parks, and public spaces creates healthy, attractive communities with a diversity of wildlife. Fall is a great time to plant trees, shrubs and wildflowers. Join us and find out how you can get started!

Before the program, please join PWCA for dinner, 6:00pm in Old Town Manassas. For more information and to RSVP, contact us at, 703.499.4954

Root Appreciation Day

When: Friday, September 11 from 9am to 2:30pm at Prince William County Government Center, 5 County Complex Court, Woodbridge,

Preregistration and $5 fee is required! Click here to register.



Eastern Tiger Swallowtail If you are a site plan reviewer, landscape architect, arborist, parks planner, grounds maintenance staff, environmental planner, property manager or engineer whose work includes making life and death decisions about trees, this hands on workshop is for you!

Join your colleagues for a great day of hands-on, dirty and satisfying work studying roots. You will be a team member digging to excavate roots from a variety of tree species and sizes growing in common conditions of grass, mulch, near sidewalks, etc. After lunch, each team will present their findings and discuss implications.

Dress for getting dirty and for the weather. Bring your own tools, such as a hand trowel, garden fork, long handled or short handled pointed shovel, stiff whisk or brush to expose finer roots, garden/work gloves, boots, water bottle, sunscreen, etc.

Questions?  Becky Woodson, 434-220-9024,

Wildlife Garden Workdays

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

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

Read more about this great project here.

Eastern Tiger SwallowtailSchedule:
Sunday, Aug. 30 at 2pm
Saturday, Sept 19 at 9am
Tuesday, Sept 22 at 9am
Sunday, September 27 at 2pm

The Wildlife Garden at Merrimac Farm WMA showcases Virginia’s native plants, creating a diverse habitat for birds, butterflies, moths, turtles and amphibians, while also providing a high quality natural area for families to watch wildlife in a public area that is easy to access.

We're starting to see the fruits of our labors. The Wildlife Garden is looking terrific with new blooms as well as a variety of birds and butterfly species. We need your help to help keep the garden looking great for people and wildlife.

Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, long socks and a hat. The Stone House Visitor Center can be found by driving to the VERY end of Deepwood lane. We are so excited to see what the future of this garden holds, and hope that you will come out and join us to keep our community beautiful.

Minnieville Road Buffer Restoration Volunteer Work Day

When: Sunday, Sept 13, 9am to 11am

Where: Meet in the parking lot at K9Gunner Dog Park, near the intersection of Minnieville Road and Colby Drive,directions

Questions and RSVP to Samantha Bohn, 703.490.5200, alliance@

Plant a tree today... Our Minnieville Buffer Project 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.

Together with community volunteers, we have planted hundreds of native Virginian trees, shrubs and wildflowers in this area and they are making an important contribution to wildlife habitat and community appearance.

We need your help to to keep this area looking beautiful and free from nonnative invasive plants! Please join us on September 13, it's lots of fun and there's a great return on your investment. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and a hat to keep off that sun.

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

Volunteer - 2015 Bluebird Trails Open for Business!

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@

Thanks 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.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.
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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