April 9, 2017

Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm

15020 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville, VA 20181
From 10:00am to 4:00pm

Please join us to welcome spring and view the spectacular display of Virginia Bluebells that carpet the floodplain along Cedar Run for nearly a mile. This is also a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area and meet local environmental organizations and people who are working to improve our community.

A series of naturalist led tours will follow an easy one-mile walk through the floodplain. Each tour has a special focus, although leaders cover all interesting sights. Local organizations will share displays and activities for children of all ages. Check online at for the tour schedule and a list of participating organizations.

A bake sale and a hand-painted rain barrel raffle to benefit stewardship projects at Merrimac Farm round out the event. Concessions and food will be available for purchase. Bring binoculars, cameras, and the kids, and come out to join us for a day of fun!

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

For more information, check online at or contact Prince William Conservation Alliance at 703.499.4954,,

April 20, 2017–April 22, 2017

Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival


Presented by Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Witness spring bird migration at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. The Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival offers guided bird walks, bus tours, and boat tours to view the sights and sounds of migrating songbirds throughout the Great Dismal Swamp.  Additional festival activities include workshops, beginning birding, family activities, and exhibit area. Registration begins March 7, 2017! See the Refuge website for details and registration information.

April 3, 2017–April 30, 2017

Special Brook Trout Stockings at Clinch Mountain Fee Fishing Area

Brook trout will be stocked in Big Tumbling Creek located at the Clinch Mountain Fee Fishing Area during the month of April beginning after opening weekend.  The month long special brook trout stocking will include more than 400 large brook trout sized 1.5 to 2 lbs. mixed with stocker size brook trout. Brook trout stocked throughout the month will test the skills of anglers of all ages.  Two barrier-free trails are now open for limited mobility anglers.

A daily permit ($8) is required of anglers; however, children 12 and under may fish without a permit as long as they are accompanied by a permitted adult and their combined creel does not exceed that of the adult (6 trout).  Anglers are reminded that daily permits are not available on site and must be purchased prior to arrival.  Please note there is no longer a license agent available in nearby Saltville.  Additional information may be found by contacting the Marion Regional Office (276-783-4860).

May 19, 2017–May 21, 2017

Virginia Hunter Skills Weekend

Registration deadline:  May 5, 2017

Location:   Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, Appomattox, VA

Web site references for information and registration: and