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First Day Hike at Conway Robinson
Sunday, January 1, 2 to 4pm

Bird Walk at Merrimac Farm
Last Sunday of every month beginning at 8:00am... except for December, when we host the Nokesville Christmas Bird Count

Questions? Contact PWCA at 703.490.5200, alliance@pwconserve.org

Trees on Tap - The Rural Crescent

When: Monday, March 12, 6-8pm

Where: Waters End Brewery, 12425 Dillingham Square, Lake Ridge

Peaceful countrysideA Community Get-together

What's happening with our urban growth boundary, the Rural Crescent? Join us to hear the latest news.

Special guests Woodbridge Supervisor Frank Principi and Brentsville Supervisor Jeanine Lawson.

Share your views and meet new friends! Questions? Contact us at alliance@ pwconserve.org or 703.499.4954

Trees on Tap Community Get-together

When: Monday, Nov 27, 7pm

Where: Waters End Brewery, 12425 Dillingham Square, Lake Ridge, directions

Phoebe by Julia FlanaganGreen buffers are at risk - what’s up with that?

Over the long run, buffers raise property values and attract economic development. But developers say they consider buffers to be "unusable space" that limits profitability.

Join PWCA to hear the latest about ongoing efforts to protect green open space. Share your views, meet new friends and have fun.

Free. Buy your own beer, appetizers provided.

RSVP appreciated to alliance@ pwconserve.org or 703.499.4954

Bird Walks at Merrimac Farm

When: On the last Sunday of every month at 8am

Where: Meet at Merrimac Farm, Stone House, 15014 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville

Phoebe by Julia FlanaganWe'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.

Dress for the weather, bring binoculars and cameras. More info and RSVP (appreciated) to PWCA , 703.499.4954 or alliance@pwconserve.org.

View the bird list for Merrimac Farm HERE.

Leesylvania State Park Living Shoreline: Protecting Potomac River Shorelines

When: Sunday Sept 10, at 2pm

Where: Meet in the main (last) parking lot Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge

RSVP required to alliance@ pwconserve.org or 703.499.4954

Leesylvania State ParkJoin us for a walk along a living shoreline at Leesylvania State Park led by ecologist Charles Smith and project designer Tom Dombrowski.

As sea levels rise, erosion of our Potomac River shoreline will increasingly threaten wetlands and wildlife habitats, and reduce the abundance of key bird and other species.

A variety of approaches to protect these important resources are available, ranging from hard fixes to investments to enhance natural areas.

Living shorelines use natural materials and vegetation to reduce erosion and provide habitat. Traditional shoreline protection uses rock and man-made materials that often fail, are unattractive and do not support wildlife.

By mixing traditional materials with native plants, biodegradable matting and wood, attractive, stable shorelines can be created that protect wetlands and host numerous animal species.

Learn how the living shoreline at Leesylvania State Park was designed and functions, and observe the many benefits it provides to local communities and the Chesapeake Bay.

Butterfly Walk at Merrimac Farm WMA

When: Sunday, Sept 17, 1-3pm

Where: Meet at Merrimac Farm, Stone House, 15014 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville

American SnoutJoin us as we search for butterflies! Learn how to identify butterflies and habitat diversity, meet new friends, and explore the great outdoors.

No experience needed, families welcome. RSVP appreciated to alliance@pwconserve.org

PWCA Open House - Honoring Tom Smith, PWC Landfill Chief

Rescheduled from Wednesday, September 20, 5:30 to 7:00pm

Where: PWCA office, 2241F Tackett's Mill Drive, Woodbridge

LandfillFollowing many years of service to Prince William citizens, Solid Waste Division Chief Tom Smith will soon retire.

Tom leaves a legacy of improvements that have advanced the environmental sustainability of our landfill. Thanks to his steady march forward, the County has established recycling, active yard waste composting, and methane gas programs, to name a few. Learn more about Tom's achievements at our Open House.

Please join us for a drinks, appetizers, and a toast to Tom Smith! Our Open House is free of charge, everyone is welcome. For more information, contact us at alliance@pwconserve.org or 703-499-4954.

Insect Survey at Merrimac Farm WMA

When: 4:00 to 6:00pm on Monday, August 28

Where: Please RSVP to alliance@ pwconserve.org for the meeting location.

Tulip Tree SilkmothJoin us as we search for butterflies, dragonflies and other important pollinators.

Help us learn more about wildlife diversity, habitats at Merrimac Farm, meet new friends, and explore the great outdoors.

This is a regularly scheduled survey that occurs every other Thursday through mid September.

 

Wildlife Garden Workday

When:Saturday, Aug 26, 9am to noon

Where: Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area, 15014 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville 20181, directions

Zebra Swallowtail on ButterflyweedThanks to volunteer support, we created an area at Merrimac Farm WMA where people and the environment can come together as one. It's a great area to watch wildlife, learn about native plants and pollinators, and get ideas for your own backyard.

We need help to keep nonnative invasive plants in check to maintain high quality habitat. Even if you can come just once, your help makes a big difference. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and long socks.

Questions and RSVP (appreciated) to alliance@ pwconserve.org or 703-499-4954.

Read more about Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area HERE.

2017 Butterfly Count - Manassas Circle

When: Saturday, July 29 rained out - rescheduled to Sunday, August 6, beginning at 10am

RSVP Required to alliance@ pwconserve.org, 703.499.4954. You'll receive the meeting location for your survey team.

MonarchHelp us count butterflies for the Annual 4th of July Butterfly Count and learn more about butterfly populations close to home.

This count is part of a nationwide program led by the North American Butterfly Association (NABA), which compiles information about butterfly populations and distribution that's used to study the effects of climate and habitat change on North American butterflies.

“Every single day there are fewer butterflies in the United States than there were the day before. You don’t have to be a genius to figure it out,” said geneticist and NABA president Jeffrey Glassberg.

Here in Prince William on July 29, we'll form teams and see how many butterflies we can find within our 113,000 acre count circle (centered on Manassas Airport). To view our survey area on Google Earth, use the coordinates 38.724270, -77.500466 as the center point for a circle with a 7.5 mile radius.

We submit our compiled results to NABA's national database for butterflies. Everyone is welcome. We are also seeking tips on specific areas to survey, notably areas with flowers. Please email us if you have ideas.

Land Use 101

When: Friday, April 28, from 9am to 2:30pm

Free of Charge
Lunch is Provided
RSVP Required
email alliance@ pwconserve.org 703.499.4954

Where: Prince William Area Realtors, 4545 Daisy Reid Ave, Woodbridge 22192, directions Sponsored by:
Spring Beauties
Spring Beauties

land use 101A workshop for homeowners, civic groups, realtors and others interested in planning for a bright future.

Agenda:

Welcome
The Honorable Ruth Anderson, Prince William Board of County Supervisors, Occoquan District

Planning: The Big Picture
Charlie Grymes, Chair, Prince William Conservation Alliance

The Role of Elected Officials
The Honorable Marty Nohe, Prince William Board of County Supervisors, Coles District

The ABCs of Land Use Planning
Rebecca Horner, Planning Director, Prince William County

What Happens to the Trees? Buffers, Landscaping, and
Open Space
Julie Flanagan, Arborist, Prince William County Watershed Management

Stormwater: Practical Tips for Homeowners, Developers, and Realtors
Marc Aveni, Branch Chief, Prince William County Environmental Services

Cluster Development
John McBride, Attorney, Odin, Feldman & Pittleman

Conservation Wordbook, Charlie Grymes, Chair, Prince William Conservation Alliance

Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm WMA

When: Sunday, April 9, 10am to 4pm

Where: Merrimac Farm WMA, 15014 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville 20181, directions

Spring BeautiesPlease join us to welcome spring, celebrate nature close to home and meet local organizations and people who are working to improve our community.

With some of the best Northern Virginia naturalists leading tours and activities, we're looking forward to a special day at an outstanding natural area.

Click HERE to view the tour schedule and topics.

Free of charge and family friendly! Questions? Contact us at alliance@ pwconserve.org or 703-499-4954.

PWCA Annual Fundraiser Party

When: Sunday, March 12 from 3 to 6pm

Where: Tall Oaks Community Center, 12298 Cotton Mill Drive, Woodbridge, directions

Green FrogWater Runs Through It: A Community Wetlands Safari

Guest Speaker Alonso Abugattas, the Capital Naturalist, is a locally known naturalist, environmental educator, speaker, and storyteller. He is Co-Chair of the National Association for Interpretation Region 2, co-founder of the Washington Area Butterfly Club and Natural Resources Manager for Arlington County Parks.

Eat, drink and think green!

Suggested minimum donation$50/ea. Please RSVP by March 8.
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Contact us at alliance@ pwconserve.org, 703.499.4954

PWCA Open House

When: Monday, March 22 from 5:30 to 7pm

Where: Prince William Conservation Alliance, 2241F Tackett's Mill Drive, Woodbridge, directions

Stormwater pipeSpecial Speaker Marc Aveni, Chief of Prince William's Environmental Services division, will share information about updates to stormwater rules and the Chesapeake Bay.

Please join us for a drink, appetizers, and a lively conversation about stormwater from our backyards to the Chesapeake Bay!

Our Open House is free of charge, everyone is welcome. For more information, contact us at alliance@pwconserve.org or 703-499-4954.

Barbara W. Ellis Talk -- Greener Gardens: One Step at a Time

When: Sunday, February 12 from 2pm to 4pm

Where: Manassas Park Community Center 99 Adam Street, Manassas Park, VA, directions
Registration recommended. For questions and to RSVP call 703-792-7747 or email master_gardener @pwcgov.org.

Greener GardensSpeaker: Barbara Ellis is the author of Chesapeake Gardening & Landscaping The Essential Green Guide

Creating a greener yard and garden does not have to involve making life-altering changes.

In this talk, Ms. Ellis will discuss a range of options—from simple steps to ambitious projects—that gardeners and homeowners can take to create beautiful, more sustainable gardens and landscapes that are attractive and healthy for humans, wildlife, pets, and the environment as a whole—including the Chesapeake Bay and all its tributaries.

This event is free of charge, and refreshments will be served. Copies of the book will be available for sale and Ms. Ellis will sign copies after her presentation.

Sponsored by the Prince William Wildflower Society, with support from Prince William Conservation Alliance and Prince William Master Gardeners

PW Parkway (Chinn Park) Elementary School Update

When: Tuesday, February 7, 4 to 6:30pm at Prince William Conservation Alliance, 2241F Tacketts Mill Drive, Woodbridge,directions

Greener GardensCommunity Meeting Tuesday, February 7, 4 to 6pm at Prince William Conservation Alliance, 2241F Tackett's Mill Drive, Woodbridge

Planning Commission Vote Wednesday, February 15, 7pm at McCoart Government Center, Board Chambers

Originally proposed to replace part of Chinn Parkland, this school is now slated for a site adjacent to Chinn Park, along PW Parkway between Kenwood Drive and Trowbridge Drive. While this new site is preferable, concerns about impacts to Chinn Park and the surrounding community remain.

Questions? Attend our February 7 community meeting to find out more and learn how you can help protect parkland in PWC.

Dove's Landing Hike

When: Saturday, February 4, 10am to noon.

Where: Dove’s Landing parking lot at 9250 Doves Lane, Manassas, VA 20112

Dove's Landing Hike 2009Join PWCA for an easy hike through Prince William County's newest forested parkland.

Dove's Landing is a 235-acre undeveloped property with one mile of frontage along the Occoquan River, upstream from Lake Jackson.

The gently sloping landscape, open forest and scenic appearance are invitating and make Dove's Landing a great choice for a family outing.

For questions and to RSVP (appreciated not required): allliance@pwconserve.org, 703.499.4954

The Geologic Evolution of Thorough Gap

When: Sunday, January 22, from 1 to 3pm

Where: Bull Run Conservancy Mountain House, 17405 Beverley Mill Drive, Broad Run, directions

Bull Run MountainSpeaker: Charlie Grymes, Prince William Conservation Alliance

The rocks at the top of Thoroughfare Gap were once an ocean beach. The core of the Blue Ridge was buried as much as five miles underground.

Dinosaurs walked on the reddish rocks that lie underneath Haymarket. The dark rocks exposed at The Plains were hot volcanic lava.

Join us to learn the stories about what's below our feet and above our heads!

Sponsored by Bull Run Mountain Conservancy.

PWCA First Day Walk at Conway Robinson

When: Sunday, January 1, from 2 to 4pm

Where:Conway Robinson Main Parking Lot, Route 29 and University Blvd., Gainesville, directions

Eat localStart the year off on the right foot!

Join Charlie Grymes for an afternoon hike at the 400+ acre Conway Robinson forest, managed by the Virginia Dept.of Forestry.

Questions? Contact us at alliance@ pwconserve.org or 703.499.4954. RSVP not required.

PWCA Open House

When: Monday, December 5 from 5pm to 7:30pm

Where: PWCA Office, 2241F Tackett's Mill Drive, Woodbridge

Eat localSpecial guests include Occoquan District Supervisor Ruth Anderson, Sycamore Ridge Homeowners Assoc. President Rob Carswell, and Prince William County School's David Beavers.

Please join us for a drink, appetizers, and a lively conversation about the public school proposed by Chinn Park and the preservation of green open space in Prince William County.

Our Open House is free of charge, everyone is welcome. For more information, contact us at alliance@pwconserve.org or 703-499-4954.

Nokesville Christmas Bird Count

When: Monday, December 26, beginning at 7:00am

RSVP Required
Contact us at alliance@ pwconserve.org, 703.499.4954 to register and join a survey team, and receive meet up location.

Wood Duck by Julia FlanaganNow in it's 117th year, the Christmas Bird Count, led by the National Audubon Society, provides scientists with information on the status of bird populations across North America.

Birding enthusiasts are invited to join the Nokesville Christmas Bird Count (CBC), sponsored by Prince William Conservation Alliance. All CBC Circles cover a 15-mile diameter circle (113,000 acres).

The Nokesville count circle, centered at Merrimac Farm WMA, covers a diverse landscape at the edge of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area and captures the transition from coastal plain to piedmont ecosystems. Our survey area includes portions of Prince William Forest Park, Merrimac Farm WMA, several wetland banks, and large areas within MCB Quantico.

Please join us for a fun, rewarding day and be a part of the oldest and largest citizen science project in the Nation. Read more about the Nokesville CBC here!

Bird Walks at Merrimac Farm

When: On the last Sunday of every month at 8am

Where: Meet at Merrimac Farm, Stone House, 15014 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville

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) to PWCA , 703.499.4954 or alliance@pwconserve.org.
 

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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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