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Earth Fling!
Saturday, October 11 at 10am

Volunteer Native Plant Planting
Saturday, October 25 beginning at 9:00am

Bird Walk at Merrimac Farm
Sunday, October 26, 8:00am (last Sunday of every month)

Volunteer - Wildlife Garden Work Days

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.


Volunteer Native Plant Planting

When: October 25, 9:00am

Where: Merrimac Farm, Stone House, 15020 Deepwood Lane

Inky Cap MushroomWe'll have several hundred wildflowers to plant... we'll need a lot of help!

The Wildlife Garden - a 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. We recently added an Insect Palace to help attract pollinators and add a little nature art to the garden. It looks terrific, join us on October 25 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.

Wolves and Fire and Kudzu, Oh My! Why Not Let Nature Take its Course?

When: Thursday, November 6, 7:30pm

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

Hermit ThrushPWCA 1st Thursday Speaker Series
Jim McGlone, Urban Forest Conservationist with the Virginia Department of Forestry

Nature managed forests, fields and streams for millions of years without our help. So why, in their hubris, do modern humans feel they need to step in and manage these natural resources?

Using forests as an example, Jim McGlone will discuss how ecosystems work and make the case for the need for managing forests and other resources.

Speaker Jim McGlone has a PhD in Human Ecology (aka Economics) from Virginia Tech and a Master’s Certificate in Environmental Law and Policy from the USDA Graduate School. He has taught economics at Virginia Tech, Ohio State and Northern Illinois University, and done research at the Economic Research Service of the USDA. A self-taught naturalist and ecologist, he has managed the natural resources of a 500 acre park in Fairfax County and is currently an Urban Forest Conservationist with the Virginia Department of Forestry in Northern Virginia. He and his wife have been practicing conservation landscaping for the past 10 years and eliminated turf grass from their property 7 years ago.

Bird Walks at Merrimac Farm

When: October 26... 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

Wildlife Garden Workdays

Workday Schedule - All Begin at 9:00am

  • Saturday, October 18

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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