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Rain barrel Raffle!
2016 Rain Barrel Raffle!
Win a 60-gallon rain barrel hand-painted by local artist James Gallagher!!

Raffle tickets are available now and at the Bluebell Festival. The winner will be announced at 3pm. Tickets are $5/each or 5 for $20.

Drawing will be held at the Bluebell Festival

Proceeds benefit locally grown stewardship programs.

Contact us at alliance@, 703.499.4954 for information.

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2008 Bluebell Festival & Grand Opening Celebration


Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm
Sunday, April 17, 2016, from 10:00am to 4:00pm, directions

Bluebells at Merrimac FarmPlease 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.

2016 Tour Schedule

Tours last about 90 minutes and take an easy one-mile walk through the floodplain. Each tour has a special focus, although leaders also cover other interesting sights seen along the way. Bring binoculars, cameras and the kids!

10:20 am Dave Larson
NoVA Birder
Birding the Bluebell Trail
10:40 am Ernie Sears
Visit the best places for photos with camera and guide
11:00 am Charlie Grymes
The story of Merrimac Farm
11:15 pm Charles Smith
Native plants - interaction with wildlife and role in the floodplain environment
11:30 pm Harry Glasgow
Birding the Bluebell Trail
11:45 pm Larry Meade
NoVA Bird Club
Things that fly -- Birds, butterflies and dragonflies
12:00 pm Jeannie Crouch
VCE Prince William Master Gardeners
Native wildflowers and habitat connections
12:20 pm Julie Flanagan
PWC Arborist
Native trees and forest ecosystems
12:35 pm Kevin Parker
A home for every bird
12:50 pm Tom Dombrowski
PWC Watershed Management
Floodplain Wetlands - Values and Interactions
1:10 pm Nancy Vehrs
Woodland wildflowers and other native plants
1:30 pm Janis Stone
Audubon Society of NoVA
Farm to field to forest - how human interactions shaped today's Merrimac Farm
1:50 pm Judy Gallagher
VA Master Naturalists
Bees & other pollinators that make wildflowers possible
2:10 pm Dr. Larry Underwood
BRUU Green Team
Forest Ecosystems
2:30 pm Jeff Irwin and Bill Olson
Historic PW/PWCA
History in the woods at Green Level Cemetery
2:50 pm Randy Strueffert
Friends of Potomac River Refuges
The ABCs of Nature Photography
3:05 pm Jim McGlone
VA Dept. of Forestry
Forest Ecosystems

Sponsored by Prince William Conservation Alliance and Virginia Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries with support from Marine Corps Base Quantico

Dress right!Appropriate attire for Merrimac Farm is always sturdy shoes and long pants, no matter the season. Tuck your pants into your socks to help keeps bugs out.

Click HERE to read more about Merrimac Farm.


Live Americana Roots music by Brenton Wine
Art by local photographer
Julia Flanagan

Prince William Conservation AlliancePrince William Conservation Alliance
Meet critters living in locat ponds and wetlands, from insects to frogs.

Virginia Native Plant SocietyPrince William Wildflower Society
Try your hand at orchid-gami! Discover more about the parts of flowers with a fun 3D model and pick up a NoVA Natives Guide.
Virginia Dept. of Game & Inland FisheriesVirginia Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries
Discover mammal characteristics with skulls and pelts. Learn more about hunting in Virginia.
Chapman MillChapman Mill Historic Site
See and hold artifacts unearthed by our archaeologists. Take home a piece of history by 'adopting' one of the Mill's over 3,000 stones.
Bull Run Mountain ConservancyBull Run Mountain Conservancy
Discover mountain ecosystems and meet local wildlife, from insects to mammals.
Plant NoVA Natives
Pick up a native field guide!
MCB QuanticoMCB Quantico Natural Resources
With about 7,000 acres in the Coastal Plain and 52,000 acres in the Piedmont, Quantico covers diverse habitats. Learn more about their efforts to protect natural resources.
PWC Forest Pest Mgt.PWC Forest Pest Management
Meet a friendly snake and more while you learn about threats to our local forests and how you can help.
Friends of Potomac River RefugesFriends of Potomac River Refuges
Dig into some owl pellets and learn about local food webs, owls, and other animals that live along our Potomac River shoreline.

PWSWCDPrince William Soil & Water Conservation District
Learn how to Adopt a Stream or be a water quality monitor. Have fun with an interactive watershed model.

VCE PW Master GardenersVCE PW Master Gardeners
Discover nature in your own back yard!