Prince William Conservation Alliance

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Volunteer! Spring Cleaning Wildlife Garden
Sunday, April 30, 1:30 to 4:00pm
Saturday, May 6, 9am to noon
Saturday, May 20, 9am to noon

Volunteer! Minnieville Road Buffer Restoration
Sunday, May 21, 1:30 to 3:30pm

Land Use 101 Workshop
Friday, April 28, 9am to 2:30pm

PWCA Open House
Monday, May 22, 5:30 to 7pm

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,

Land Use 101

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

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


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

Wildlife Garden Spring Clean Up

Sunday, April 30, 1:30 to 4pm

Saturday, May 6, 9am to noon

Saturday, May 20, 9am to noon

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

Spring BeautiesSpring cleaning at the Wildlife Garden! With your help, we created an area at Merrimac Farm WMA where people and the environment can come together as one.

Come help us get the garden ready for spring blooms or spruce up the Stone House so it looks great at the Bluebell Festival on April 9. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and long socks.

Questions to alliance@ or 703-499-4954. RSVP appreciated.

Read more about Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area HERE.

Minnieville Road Buffer Spring Clean Up

When: Sunday, May 21, 1:30 to 3:30pm

Where: Meet in the parking lot for K9 Gunner Dog Park near the intersection of Minnieville Road and Colby Drive, directions

Swamp MilkweedOur Minnieville Buffer Project near K9 Gunner Memorial Dog Park has helped transform a barren slope from an environmental problem into an attractive buffer that showcases Virginia’s native plants.

Together with community volunteers, we have planted hundreds of native Virginian trees, shrubs and wildflowers in this area and they are making an important contribution to wildlife habitat and community appearance.

We need your help to to keep this area looking beautiful and free from nonnative invasive plants! Please join us on September 13, it's lots of fun and there's a great return on your investment. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and a hat to keep off that sun.

PWCA Open House

When: Monday, May 22, 5:30 to 7pm

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

Backyard Racoonwith special guest Kevin Rose, VA Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries

Please join us to learn more about our local wildlife, habitats, and Merrimac Farm, the first Wildlife Management Area in Northern Virginia.

Our Open House is free of charge, everyone is welcome. For more information, contact us at 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

View the bird list for Merrimac Farm HERE.


The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.
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.