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Volunteer - Wildlife Garden Work Days
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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,

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

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

Read more about this great project here.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail We've planted hundreds of trees, shrubs, and perennials and the Wildife Garden is looking terrific, with new blooms, butterflies and birds.

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, August 4 at 9am
Saturday, August 15 at 9am
Tuesday, August 18 at 9am
Sunday, August 30 at 2PM

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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