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Talk: Rick Darke on The Living Landscape
Sunday, February 15, 2:00pm

Volunteer Native Plant Planting
Saturday, March 14 beginning at 9:00am

Volunteer! Bluebird Monitor Training
Saturday, March 21 beginning at 10:00am

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

Bird Walk at Merrimac Farm
Sunday, January 25, 8:00am (last Sunday of every month)

Volunteer - Wildlife Garden Work Days

Talk: Rick Darke on The Living Landscape

When: Sunday, February 15 from 2:00 to 4:00pm

Where: Manassas Park Community Center 99 Adams Drive Manassas Park VA 20111

Author Rick DarkePlease join us for a presentation by Rick Darke, author of The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, a collaboration between Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy. Learn how to take a fresh look at your backyard and what you can do to create a landscape that is full of life.

After the presentation, Mr. Darke will sell and sign copies of his book. This event is free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For questions and to RSVP, call 703-792-7747 or email

This event is sponsored by the Prince William Wildflower Society, Prince William Conservation Alliance & Master Gardeners of Prince William.


Volunteer Native Plant Planting - The Wildlife Garden at Merrimac Farm

When: March 14 2015, 9:00am to noon

Where: Merrimac Farm, Stone House, 15020 Deepwood Lane

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 Pollicator 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.

Volunteer! Bluebird Monitor Training

When: Saturday, March 21, 10 to 11:30 AM

Where: Meet in front of Chinn Library entrance

House Finch in the cold

Thanks to the many people who install and tend nesting boxes, Bluebird populations are growing.

Responsibilities include working with other volunteers to check the nesting boxes each week and gather data about what's happening at each box. It takes about two hours to cover the entire trail... unless you see lots of interesting things along the way!

For questions and to RSVP, call PWCA at 703-499-4954 or email

Minnieville Road Buffer Restoration

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

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: January 25... on the last Sunday of every month, beginning at 8:00 am.

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

Wildlife Garden Workdays

Workday Schedule - All Begin at 9:00am

Check for the spring 2015 schedule here in February. Workdays will begin in mid-March.

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

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.

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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