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Parks, Recreation and Culture

Whether you want to take a nature walk, see historic sites, learn more about the environment, or take part in cultural opportunities, Volusia County has it all. You also can boat, fish, camp, observe wildlife in its natural habitat, sunbathe and participate in active recreational activities in Volusia County.

Our programs and facilities incorporate a theme that embraces environmental, cultural, heritage and outdoor (ECHO) activities and sites.

Art and culture
Volusia County is famed for its miles of beaches, lazy rivers, unsurpassable weather, its forests, quiet towns and sparkling resorts.

Attractions
Volusia County's Parks, Recreation and Culture Division manages two popular attractions that highlight the area's history and ecology.

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Parks and trails
Volusia County is blessed with some of the most beautiful parks and trails in the Southeast.

Recreational programs
Children, teens and adults can have fun and get fit with activities sponsored by Volusia County’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Division.

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Upcoming events

DeBary Kids Corner

September 18 @10:30 am to 11:30 am
Children are invited to DeBary Hall Historic Site’s stable to hear a story, play an old-fashioned game, and make a craft. DeBary Hall is at 198 Sunrise Blvd. The program, which meets every Thursday, is free. For more information, please contact Kayce Looper at 386-668-3840 or&nb...

Scrub stroll

September 19 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve at 9 a.m. every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested a...

Slime vs. scales

September 20 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Explore the many differences between reptiles and amphibians in the Lyonia Environmental Center classroom. The group will also identify some of the species that live in Volusia County and meet the LEC's resident reptile ambassadors. This program is free. Reservations are requested and may be made b...

Strawberries at home

September 20 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Horticulturist Joe Sewards will present “Strawberries at home” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Volusia County Agricultural Center, 3100 W. New York Ave., DeLand. Sewards will offer tips on growing strawberries hydroponically and in soil. Afterward, he’ll take names...

Marine mammals

September 20 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Florida Master Naturalist and Marine Science Center Education Specialist Rich Colesanti returns to the LEC!  Come learn about the marine mammals that make Florida their home.  Rich will discuss facts about each of them such as their habitats, what threatens them and even what mammal is a s...

Poetry reading

September 20 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Walter Mims and other local poets will read their works at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 210 Sunrise Blvd. Mims is vice president of the Florida State Poets Association, a nonprofit association that strives to increase public recognition and appreciation of poetry, provid...

Popcorn and a movie: 'Scourge of the Lionfish'

September 21 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Lionfish are beautiful, colorful reef fish found throughout the Indian and Pacific oceans – that’s the good news!  The bad news is they’re now found all over the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic coasts of North and South America as well.  Join LEC education staff in the cl...

Scrub stroll

September 22 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve at 9 a.m. every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested a...

Historic Preservation Board

September 23 @3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Volusia County’s Historic Preservation Board will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at The Casements, 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach. The board will receive updates from staff on current projects. The public is invited to attend and participate in the meeting. The Historic Preservation...

DeBary Kids Corner

September 25 @10:30 am to 11:30 am
Children are invited to DeBary Hall Historic Site’s stable to hear a story, play an old-fashioned game, and make a craft. DeBary Hall is at 198 Sunrise Blvd. The program, which meets every Thursday, is free. For more information, please contact Kayce Looper at 386-668-3840 or&nb...

Scrub stroll

September 26 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve at 9 a.m. every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested a...

Cultural Council of Volusia County

September 26 @9:15 am to 11:30 am
The Cultural Council of Volusia County will meet at 9:15 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in the County Council Chambers of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand. Members will discuss the council’s ongoing programs and upcoming activities. The public is invited to att...

Birding at Gemini Springs

September 27 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
After studying our bird books, let's gather our binoculars and field guides and go find the birds. We can observe behavior, listen to them in all their splendor, and enjoy the springs with fellow birders. This outing will focus on looking at identifying characteristics of the birds and practice our ...

Tiny trekkers

September 27 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can listen to a book about a raccoon that has a question for his mother, take a short hike, and make a take-home craft. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center.  Meet at the Deltona Amphitheater, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations...

Mushroom mania

September 27 @1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Join LEC staff for a wild mushroom extravaganza and learn how to identify the various fungi that grow in our area, including the edible ones! There will be wild mushrooms on display to examine on our pavilion tables prior to our hike. Afterwards we will venture out into Lyonia Preserve to find mushr...

Family game day

September 28 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join our education staff in the classroom anytime between 2 and 4 p.m. to meet our resident animal ambassadors - Blaze, an albino corn snake; Sonic, an African pygmy hedgehog; and Momo, a guinea pig.   Bring the whole family and spend some time playing fun, environmentally themed board games o...

Scrub stroll

September 29 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve at 9 a.m. every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are reque...

DeBary Kids Corner

October 2 @10:30 am to 11:30 am
Children are invited to DeBary Hall Historic Site’s stable to hear a story, play an old-fashioned game, and make a craft. DeBary Hall is at 198 Sunrise Blvd. The program, which meets every Thursday, is free. For more information, please contact Kayce Looper at 386-668-3840 or&nb...

Herb gardening

October 2 @1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Howard Jeffries, a master gardener with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, will offer tips at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 386-668-3840.

Scrub stroll

October 3 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve at 9 a.m. every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested a...

Tiny trekkers

October 4 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Read a book about a spider's day, take a short hike thorugh Lyonia Preserve, and make a take-home craft.  This free program, recommended for children ages 2 to 5, is sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reser...

Owl pellet disssection lab

October 4 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Did you know owls eat their prey whole? Owls cannot digest bones and therefore regurgitate them in pellets. In this hands-on lab in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, you will examine the contents of owl pellets with us to learn more about what owls eat and attempt to reconstruct a prey skelet...

Festive fall wreath making

October 5 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Sip on some hot apple cider and get those creative juices flowing! Bring a friend along to the Lyonia Environemtnal Center classroom to create a one-of-a-kind wreath using materials found in nature. Ribbon, silk leaves and flowers, and other decorative materials will be provided. This program is sp...

Scrub stroll

October 6 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve at 9 a.m. every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are reque...

Owl pellet disssection lab

October 8 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Did you know owls eat their prey whole? Owls cannot digest bones and therefore regurgitate them in pellets. In this hands-on lab in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, you will examine the contents of owl pellets with us to learn more about what owls eat and attempt to reconstruct a prey skelet...

DeBary Kids Corner

October 9 @10:30 am to 11:30 am
Children are invited to DeBary Hall Historic Site’s stable to hear a story, play an old-fashioned game, and make a craft. DeBary Hall is at 198 Sunrise Blvd. The program, which meets every Thursday, is free. For more information, please contact Kayce Looper at 386-668-3840 or&nb...

Scrub stroll

October 10 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserveat 9 a.m. every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are reques...

Nature photography workshop

October 11 @10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Capturing nature through photographs is quickly becoming a beloved pastime of many people, and learning the basics can make the difference between a so-so picture and a phenomenal one.  If you have ever longed to learn how to take great nature photographs, join Lyonia Environmental Center and ...

Citrus care

October 11 @10:00 am to 11:30 am
Howard Jeffries, a master gardener with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, will offer tips at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 386-668-3840.

Fall foliage hike

October 11 @11:00 am to 12:00 pm
It may seem that the only colors you see in Lyonia Preserve are green and brown, but there is fall in the scrub. Environmental specialists will lead an exploratory hike into the preserve to search for some of the plants that bloom this time of year. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, which is par...

Out with the old, in with the news

October 12 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join LEC education staff for this fun program where we will be learning how to up-cycle old newspaper and magazines into beautiful, usable items to decorate your home. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center. Lyonia Environmental Center is part of the Deltona R...

River of Lakes

October 13 @8:30 am to 10:00 am
Members of the River of Lakes Heritage Corridor Scenic Highway group will meetin the first-floor training room, Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.  The public is welcome to attend.  Contact Terri Bergeron at 386-736-5953 or tbergeron@volusia.org.&nbsp...

Scrub stroll

October 13 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve at 9 a.m. every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested a...

DeBary Kids Corner

October 16 @10:30 am to 11:30 am
Children are invited to DeBary Hall Historic Site’s stable to hear a story, play an old-fashioned game, and make a craft. DeBary Hall is at 198 Sunrise Blvd. The program, which meets every Thursday, is free. For more information, please contact Kayce Looper at 386-668-3840 or&nb...

History of gardening

October 16 @1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Howard Jeffries, a master gardener with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, will offer tips at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 386-668-3840.

Scrub stroll

October 17 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve at 9 a.m. every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested a...

Halloween science

October 18 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Halloween is almost here, and we have some slimy, ghoulish and somewhat tricky experiments for you to try out. LEC staff will teach you how to make fake blood, slime and bubbling potions. This free program is recommended for children ages 6 and up.  Meet in the Lyonia Environmental Center clas...

Popcorn and a movie: 'Turtle: The Incredible Journey

October 19 @1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Join us in the LEC classroom for "Turtle: The Incredible Journey."  This spectacular adventure depcits one loggerhead turtle’s journey from a young hatchling emerging from her nest in the sand to a 25-year old adult returning to the same beach to hatch her own young. This is a remarkable ...

Scrub stroll

October 20 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve at 9 a.m. every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested a...

Scrub CSI

October 20 @9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Children ages 6 to 13 can be nature detectives during this teacher duty day camp at Lyonia Environmental Center. They will explore the scrub habitat in Lyonia Preserve, perform science experiments, and make crafts. The fee is $35. Snacks will be provided, and children are asked to bring a bagged lu...

Volusia ECHO Advisory Committee

October 21 @3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The Volusia County Environmental, Cultural, Historical and Outdoor (ECHO) Advisory Committee will meet at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach. For more information, contact Nancy Maddox at nmaddox@volusia.org or 386-736-5953. To learn more about the Vo...

DeBary Kids Corner

October 23 @10:30 am to 11:30 am
Children are invited to DeBary Hall Historic Site’s stable to hear a story, play an old-fashioned game, and make a craft. DeBary Hall is at 198 Sunrise Blvd. The program, which meets every Thursday, is free. For more information, please contact Kayce Looper at 386-668-3840 or&nb...

Scrub stroll

October 24 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve at 9 a.m. every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested a...

Tiny trekkers

October 25 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can read a book about bats that flutter off to watch a ballgame, take a short hike, and make a take-home craft. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are reques...

Ghoulish tales of the insect world

October 25 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
It’s getting close to Halloween!  Come join Christy Leduc, entomologist and insect enthusiast, for this kid-friendly presentation about insects that have a very interesting diet, parasites that turn insects into zombies, and a couple of other interesting creatures. This program is free.&n...

'Blazin' the blue' hike

October 26 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join the LEC education staff for this extended guided hike on Lyonia Preserve’s Blue Trail. We will be looking for signs of wildlife as we hike on ancient sand dunes, experiencing some of Volusia County’s highest elevations. Participants should bring water, wear closed-toe shoes, and be ...

Scrub stroll

October 27 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve at 9 a.m. every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested a...

Scrub stroll

October 30 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve at 9 a.m. every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested a...

DeBary Kids Corner

October 30 @10:30 am to 11:30 am
Children are invited to DeBary Hall Historic Site’s stable to hear a story, play an old-fashioned game, and make a craft. DeBary Hall is at 198 Sunrise Blvd. The program, which meets every Thursday, is free. For more information, please contact Kayce Looper at 386-668-3840 or&nb...

Wildflowers and butterfly gardening

October 30 @1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Howard Jeffries, a master gardener with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, will offer tips at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 386-668-3840.

DeBary Kids Corner

November 6 @10:30 am to 11:30 am
Children are invited to DeBary Hall Historic Site’s stable to hear a story, play an old-fashioned game, and make a craft. DeBary Hall is at 198 Sunrise Blvd. The program, which meets every Thursday, is free. For more information, please contact Kayce Looper at 386-668-3840 or&nb...

River of Lakes

November 10 @8:30 am to 10:00 am
Members of the River of Lakes Heritage Corridor Scenic Highway group will meet in the Safari Room at the Central Florida Zoo, 3755 NW U.S. 17-92, Sanford. The public is welcome to attend.  Contact Terri Bergeron at 386-736-5953 or tbergeron@volusia.org.    ...

DeBary Kids Corner

November 13 @10:30 am to 11:30 am
Children are invited to DeBary Hall Historic Site’s stable to hear a story, play an old-fashioned game, and make a craft. DeBary Hall is at 198 Sunrise Blvd. The program, which meets every Thursday, is free. For more information, please contact Kayce Looper at 386-668-3840 or&nb...

DeBary Kids Corner

November 20 @10:30 am to 11:30 am
Children are invited to DeBary Hall Historic Site’s stable to hear a story, play an old-fashioned game, and make a craft. DeBary Hall is at 198 Sunrise Blvd. The program, which meets every Thursday, is free. For more information, please contact Kayce Looper at 386-668-3840 or&nb...

Historic Preservation Board

November 25 @3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The location will be determined. The Historic Preservation Board is appointed by the Volusia County Council to issue certificates of designation for eligible historic resources such as structures, archaeological sites and historic districts; and certificates of appropriateness for demolition, alter...

River of Lakes

December 8 @8:30 am to 10:00 am
Members of the River of Lakes Heritage Corridor Scenic Highway group will meetin the first-floor training room, Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.  The public is welcome to attend.  Contact Terri Bergeron at 386-736-5953 or tbergeron@volusia.org.&nbsp...

Volusia ECHO Advisory Committee

December 16 @3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The Volusia County Environmental, Cultural, Historical and Outdoor (ECHO) Advisory Committee will meet at the Gateway Center for the Arts, 880 N. Highway 17-92, DeBary. For more information, contact Nancy Maddox at nmaddox@volusia.org or 386-736-5953. To learn more about the Volusia ECHO ...

Volusia ECHO Advisory Committee

January 6 @3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The Volusia County Environmental, Cultural, Historical and Outdoor (ECHO) Advisory Committee will approve eligility and receive applications in the County Council Chambers of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand. Applicants must attend. For more information, conta...

Volusia ECHO Advisory Committee

January 20 @3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The Volusia County Environmental, Cultural, Historical and Outdoor (ECHO) Advisory Committee will meet as the Grant Review Panel at the Lifeguard Headquarters, 515 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach. Members will rank applications and make recommendations for award. Applicants must attend. For more i...

Director
Tim Baylie
tbaylie@volusia.org

202 N. Florida Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720

West Volusia
386-736-5953

Daytona Beach
386-257-6000, ext. 15953

New Smyrna Beach
386-423-3300, ext. 15953