The only nonprofit dedicated to environmental conservation in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park, PWCA protects the area’s natural resources, from tidal wetlands to mountain ecosystems, while advocating for smart growth. The key is empowering everyday citizens in this fast-growing suburb to explore, enjoy, and become active stewards of their outdoor community. Tours, talks, festivals, and citizen science programs educate families about local environmental assets and their values. Native plant restoration projects and tree giveaways encourage people to improve wildlife habitats and reclaim the natural health of their suburban backyards. Land Use 101 work- shops inspire residents to actively participate in the city planning and development decisions that affect their lives. And PWCA’s advocacy work results in more scenic byways, bike lanes, green spaces, and protected public lands – and a higher quality of life. That’s worth the world.
PWCA has transitioned to an effective online presence, offering at least two education and/or advocacy programs monthly that consistently attract more than 150 people per session. These programs have expanded its reach into the community, strengthened its voice, and attracted the attention of local officials. The plan is to expand this program by training new volunteer leaders who are qualified to lead additional activities. Programs include the role of agriculture in building healthier local communities, the impact on the economy of managing stormwater, urban planning in the time of coronavirus, and others.