Prince William Conservation Alliance
Inspiring action and working together to create sustainable communities for all.

Dudley Edmondson
Take a 3D tour of the Bluebells at Merrimac Farm WMA!
Dudley EdmondsonNature is for Everyone: Black and Brown Faces in America’s Wild Places
An evening with author, photographer, and outdoor advocate Dudley Edmundson. Edmondson’s public presentations advocate for unspoiled wild places and share his quest to make green spaces less white. His talk explores the issues faced by minorities in the great outdoors, and captures the importance of connecting to our conservation heritage for all cultures and races. Read more...

Redbud TreeBOCS votes to initiate a Comprehensive Plan Amendment that would more than triple residential densities and allow access to public sewer in the Rural Crescent
After multiple failed attempts and with only one week notice, on Tuesday, December 3, 2pm meeting, Supervisors took an 11th hour vote to initiate a Comprehensive Plan Amendment for the Mid-County Parks & Estate Homes development plan proposed by Classic Concepts Homes. Click here to read more...

Red-headed Woodpecker by Larry MeadePlaces Worth Protecting: Silver Lake Park
Rare plant communities found at Silver Lake
In September 2009, two important, globally rare plant communities were discovered at Silver Lake: a basic oak-hickory forest (ranked G3) and an upland depression swamp (ranked G2). Read more...

The diversity of habitat at Silver Lake is an important contributing factor that explains the large variety of birds that can be found there. Once on a Christmas Bird Count, it was so cold that the quarry was one of the only unfrozen bodies of water in the entire count circle. The number and variety of ducks that sought refuge there that year was amazing, read more...

Tree planting at Silver LakeVolunteers Plant 158 Trees at Silver Lake Park
With 270 acres, Silver Lake Park is a wonderful place for families to explore the great outdoors. Nearly 100 volunteers joined us on November 2 to plant 13 large trees along the entrance drive and 135 small trees near the picnic area. Read more...
Building boardwalksPWCA 2020 Youth Achievement Award Program
Recognizing outstanding efforts of high school and college-aged persons for projects that make a difference. Accepting nominations now! Read more...
Rural area incentivesPresentations and video from PWCA's Grow Smart Forum: A Community Conversation on Rural Area Incentives with Countywide Benefits

Trees on TapTrees on Tap: Grow Smart Prince William
PWCAs June 25 2019 Trees on Tap program featured Tom Eitler, Urban Land Institute, who presented an overview of challenges and opportunities for creating a sustainable future for Prince William Communities. Read more...

Locally grown 14th High School Proposed for Environmentally Sensitive, Limited Access Property on Prince William Parkway
Thursday, June 20, 7pm at the Development Services Building, Room 107. Learn more about the high school proposed for a property on the southern side of PW Parkway near the Hoadley Road intersection. Sponsored by PWCA and MidCounty Civic Association, School Board Member Willie Deustch and Occoquan Supervisor Ruth Anderson will be there to hear community comments and answer questions. Read more...

Locally grownSilver Lake Park - Natural Areas at Risk
When Silver Lake was given to the Parks Dept. for use as a "nature-based park," many people were concerned about PWC's ability to manage the property properly. A resident requested a proffer interpretation to make sure everyone understood the allowed uses. Today, it looks like those concerns were justified. Read more...
Pearl CrescentC2019 Annual NABA Butterfly Count, Manassas Circle
Help us count butterflies for the annual 4th of July Butterfly Count and learn more about butterfly populations close to home. Registration is required! This count is part of a national program led by the North American Butterfly Association (NABA), click here to read more.
Box turtleCitizen Science is for the Birds: the Nokeville Christmas Bird Count
The Nokesville survey circle, sponsored by PWCA, was held on Sunday, December 23, beginning at 7am. Click here to read more about the count.

PWCA Honors Local Conservation Heros
Jim Waggener receives 2018 Wildlife Champion Award ... Nancy Vehrs receives 2018 Heart of Gold Award! Jim and Nancy's long-term support has helped conserve important natural areas. Their enthusiasm and knowledge has encouraged generations of naturalists of all ages. Read more...

Catalogue for PhilanthropyPWCA Named ‘One of the Best’ Nonprofits by the Catalogue for Philanthropy
PWCA is delighted to be recognized by the Catalogue for Philanthropy. Since 2002, our work has opened doors to community action, from reclaiming native habitats to support for smart growth initiatives. “People want to know where to give and they need trusted information, says Bob Wittig, Executive Director of the Catalogue for Philanthropy.

ConservationConservation Easements
Thursday, February 20,
2020 Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm WMA
Bluebell FestivalCANCELED!
Sunday, April 11, 2019. Read more about last year's festival here and view photos on Facebook here.
GoldfinchBird Walks at Merrimac Farm WMA
...on the last Sunday of every month.

Zebra Swallowtail Northern Virginia Nature Guide
Find out who's living in your backyard

BluebirdBluebird Trails at Merrimac Farm & Chinn Park

Virginia Scenic BywaysVirginia Scenic Byways for PWC: A Little Something to Brag About
Nearly 40 miles of roads in Prince William are now included in Virginia's network of Scenic Byways status. Why should you care? More...

Merrimac Farm is a great place to visit rain or shine.Merrimac Farm Trail Map

Merrimac Farm is a great place to visit rain or shine.The Occoquan Watershed and Your Drinking Water Supply

Catalogue for PhilanthropyPrince William Conservation Alliance
P.O. Box 6351, 2239 Tackett's Mill Drive, Woodbridge, Virginia 22195
703.499.4954, alliance(at)