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Pollinator Survey at Merrimac Farm
Monday, September 15 at 3:30pm

Planning Commission Environment Work Session Part 1 - Water Resources
September 17, 6:00pm

Winter Birds: A Refresher Just in Time for the Nokesville CBC (12/28)
Thursday, October 2 at 7:30pm

Volunteer Planting Day at the K9 Gunner Dog Park Buffer
Saturday, September 27 at 9:00am

PWCA Fundraiser Party
Sunday, September 28 beginning at 3:00pm

Bird Walk at Merrimac Farm
Sunday, September 28, 8:00am (last Sunday of every month)

Earth Fling!
Saturday, October 11 at 10am

Volunteer - Wildlife Garden Work Days

PWCA Fundraiser Party

When: Sunday, September 28 beginning at 3:00pm

Where: The home of Cindy Smith and Rick Linsday

Suggested donation: $50

Casual attire, directions provided when you RSVP to PO Box 6351, Woodbridge, VA 22195

Insect Hotel Please join us to celebrate the mission of Prince William Conservation Alliance and raise funds to protect wildlife habitat close to home.

A Festive Occasion
featuring a silent auction and
hands-on construction of an Insect Hotel
for the Wildlife Garden at Merrimac Farm

A Sample of Silent Auction Items...

  • Hand-painted water bottleTour Cedar Run Wetland Bank 6 in Fauquier County with birding enthusiast Dave Larson (5 spots)
  • Washington Capitals Box Seats (4 tickets and underground parking pass)
  • Historic Boat Tour of the Occoquan Reservoir with Bill Olson (6 spots)
  • One Hour Massage at The Kneaded Touch with Kelly Studholme
  • Growler and two pint glasses from Bad Wolf Brewing Company
  • Hand painted water bottle by local artist James Gallagher
  • $100 gift certificate for the eco-friendly Smart Car Wash
  • Nature books signed by author or photographer
  • Have lunch with Supervisor Mike May (1 spot)
  • Bird feeder from the Wild Bird Center
  • Framed nature photo by Gary Myers
  • Original paintings by Joyce Andrew and Margaret Winslow
  • Rain barrell
  • Nature Journaling Supply Basket and more...
Pollinator Survey at Merrimac Farm

When: Monday, September 15 at 3:30pm

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

RSVP Appreciated: Email here or call 703.499.4954

12-spotted SkimmerWe're taking a closer look at butterflies, dragonflies and other cool insects at Merrimac Farm.

Please join us for a pleasant walk through the Wildlife Garden and upland areas in search of cool critters close to home, and help build our wildlife information for this great natural area!

Everyone is welcome, no previous experience required. Wear sturdy shoes and long pants.

Planning Commission Environment Work Session Part One: Water Resources

When: Wednesday, September 17 at 6:00pm

Where: McCoart Government Center, Potomac Room

Stormwater problems on Route 1 in PWCPWC Watershed Management will share information and answer questions on new and proposed standards to protect clean water resources in Virginia, including

  • Chesapeake Bay TMDL standards
  • New Virginia stormwater standards
  • Virginia Stormwater Management Act (MS-4 permit)
  • EPA Waters of the U.S. proposed rule, intended to better protect wetlands and non-perennial streams.

This work session is open to the public, no RSVP required. You can view the Planning Commission Agenda here.

Bird Walks at Merrimac Farm

When: August 31... on the last Sunday of every month, beginning at 8:00 am.

Where: Merrimac Farm, Stone House, 15020 Deepwood Lane

Scarlet TanagerWe'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

Get Ready for Winter Birds

When: Thursday, October 2, 7:30pm

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

Hermit ThrushPWCA 1st Thursday Speaker Series

Speaker: Larry Meade, Northern Virginia Bird Club

It's time to brush up for the coming winter and the Nokesville Christmas Bird Count, December 28. Join us for Larry's refresher course on confusing winter birds. Find out the species to look for and get tips on identifying LBJ's (Little Brown Jobs), finches, and other birds who brave the winter in Prince William. Program includes great photos, bring a story to share!

Volunteer Tree Planting at K9 Gunner Dog Park

When: Saturday, September 27 at 9:00am

Where: K9 Gunner Dog Park parking lot, by the intersection of Minnieville Road and Colby Drive, Woodbridge 22192

Questions and RSVP (appreciated): alliance, 703.490.5200

Box Turtle Please help us keep up the good work! We'll have about 50 trees and shrubs, plus more than 100 wildflowers to plant at the Minnieville Road buffer by the County Dog Park.

This planting day adds to the trees, shrubs, and wildflowers we planted last fall and spring, with the help of nearly 100 volunteers. It was the beginning of a new, improved buffer adjacent to K9 Gunner Dog Park.

With your help, we're creating a more scenic Minnieville Road, new wildlife habitat, and protecting drinking water resources with native plants... flowers, berries, and bark.

We hope you can join us to help finish this important community project. All ages welcome. Bring a smile and a shovel (if available)! Lunch is provided.

Thanks to project sponsors: Prince William Conservation Alliance, Virginia Dept. of Forestry, Dominion Virginia Power, Virginia American Water

Earth Fling at Tackett's Mill Lakeside

When: Saturday, October 11 from 10am to 2pm

Where: Tackett's Mill Lakeside, by Old Bridge Road & Harbor Drive, directions

Earth FlingSpecial tours on trees, water protection and a worm composting demonstration! Enjoy live music from Lou Rosgen, educational displays, games, crafts and meet local organizations working to improve our community and how you can help.

Click HERE to read about activities and participating groups. Questions? Call PWCA at 703-490-5200 or PWC Public Works at 703-792-6819.


Wildlife Garden Workdays

Workday Schedule - All Begin at 9:00am

  • Thurs, Aug 28
  • Sat, Aug 30

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

Mondara We planted more than 50 trees and shrubs this past spring and the wildlife garden is taking shape. 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, and watering, dates listed in the left column.

The wildlife garden is a great place to watch wildlife and we sure could use your help! Our four-season greenscape of native plants is creating a high quality area for families to watch wildlife in a public area that is easy to access.

RSVP appreciated to, 703.490.5200.Questions? Contact us at or 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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