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

 
Dudley EdmondsonPlanning for Tomorrow: The Comprehensive Plan Update
A conversation with Bill Milne, Chair, PWC Planning Commission
Thursday, May 21, 7pm RSVP required, read more...
Dudley EdmondsonRe-thinking the Suburban Stormwater Paradigm
A two-part virtual meeting with Jake Hosen, Assistant Professor, Department of Forestry & Natural Resources, Purdue University
View the recordings for Part 1 and Part 2!
Dudley EdmondsonBeauty and the Bees
After a long winter, it is so inspiring to see spring wildflowers. Here's a story about a spring flower and the insects that both depend on it and benefit it.
OBNWR

Rain Barrel Raffle
Hand-painted 60-gallon rain barrel hand-painted by award winning artist James Gallagher. Tickets are 5 for $20, available online HERE!

While we missed the beauty and camaraderie of the Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm, we don't want to lose sight of our annual Rain Barrel raffle. Hand-painted by award winning artist James Gallagher, this year he's outdone himself with the best art ever.

OBNWRQuarantine at the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge with Kelley Studholme
Green open space close to home has never been more important.

I love the Spring just before total leaf out, here in Prince William County. We are so fortunate to live in a place near the Occoquan River, Belmont Bay, Occoquan Bay and Potomac River; all of which are tidal, causing a constant ebb and flow of the water and wetland areas. Each day is new and different offering migrating birds and ducks and other water fowl, not to mention the many plants, reptiles, and animals.

Due to the quarantine, I have limited my time outdoors to only a few locations in the area to observe wildlife and get a little exercise. Lately, Occoquan Bay Wildlife Refuge (OBWR) has been my go to place to enjoy nature. My back yard also works but I don't get as much exercise there. Read more...

Bluebells
Take a 3D tour of the Bluebells at Merrimac Farm WMA!

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.

WHAT'S HAPPENING
Occoquan ReservoirKristi Olson talks about living along the Occoquan Reservoir Shoreline and the value of green open space.
Dudley EdmondsonNature is for Everyone: Black and Brown Faces in America’s Wild Places
BEING RESCHEDULED!
An evening with author, photographer, and outdoor advocate Dudley Edmundson. Edmondson’s 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...
2020 Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm WMA
Bluebell FestivalCANCELLED!
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)pwconserve.org