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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

'Looking for lupine' hike

April 18 @9:30 am to 10:30 am
Lyonia Preserve is home to this beautiful and rare plant species. Environmental specialists will lead this exploratory hike in search of this showy plant as well as some of the other native species it shares its habitat with. This program is free.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 E...

Earth Day crafts

April 18 @10:00 am to 11:30 am
Bring your “think green” creativity and come make some earth-friendly crafts in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom. We'll use recycled products to make some interesting crafts, including an Earth Day wreath. This free program is recommended for children ages 5 and up.&nbsp...

Community cleanup of Lyonia Preserve

April 19 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Get ready for Earth Day by helping Lyonia Environmental Center staff clean up Lyonia Preserve and the surrounding area. Participants should bring gloves and wear closed-toe shoes. Bottled water will be provided by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Cente...

Scrub stroll

April 20 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve 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 and may b...

Volusia ECHO Advisory Committee

April 23 @9:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Volusia County Environmental, Cultural, Historical and Outdoor (ECHO) Advisory Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Lifeguard Headquarters and Administration Center, 515 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.   Members will conduct the meeting as the Grant Review Panel to r...

DeBary Kids Corner

April 23 @11:00 am to 12:00 pm
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

April 24 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve 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 and may b...

Tiny trekkers

April 25 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can listen to “Planting a Rainbow,” take a short hike, and make a take-home craft. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.  This free program is sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center. Reser...

African violets

April 25 @10:30 am to 11:30 am
African violet experts will offer tips on growing this beautiful, indoor-loving, low-maintenance flowering plant at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. They will also explain how to create new plants from leaves and how to deal with pests and diseases. A...

Disaster planning for historic sites

April 25 @11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Robin Dunn will explain how to plan for a disaster at a historic site at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 210 Sunrise Blvd. Dunn, a DeBary Hall intern and University of Central Florida student, will discuss which items are of the most concern and the best ways to plan for ...

Milkweed mania

April 26 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Learn how the survival of the monarch butterfly is dependent on this flowering plant during a free program at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Make a milkweed seedling pot to take home and plant to help this species survive. Participants will be entered into a drawing to...

Scrub stroll

April 27 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve 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 and may b...

DeBary Kids Corner

April 30 @11:00 am to 12:00 pm
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

May 1 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve 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 and may b...

Popcorn, movie and a craft

May 3 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom for a free showing of “Butterfly & Moth,” which takes a flight of fancy with nature’s most beguiling creatures. See their transformation from caterpillar to airborne adult and learn why these delicate insects have long inspired a...

Scrub stroll

May 4 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve 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 and may b...

DeBary Kids Corner

May 7 @11:00 am to 12:00 pm
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

May 8 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve 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 and may b...

'April showers bring May flowers' hike

May 9 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Spring has arrived, and pollination is in action within Lyonia Preserve. Bring your family to Lyonia Environmental Center, where we'll begin an exploratory hike to see what flowers are in bloom this time of year. Please bring water, wear closed-toe shoes, and be prepared to hike on unpaved...

Mother's Day crafts

May 9 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Do snakes have eyelids? How are lizards able to change colors? What is a skink? Learn some fascinating reptile facts during this live animal encounter with LEC’s reptile ambassadors.This program is free.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are...

Mother's Day hike

May 10 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Bring your mom or another special person to enjoy time together on a guided hike in Lyonia Preserve with LEC’s education staff. We will learn about the importance of scrub habitat and look for the Florida scrub jay. Following the hike we will enjoy lemonade and treats ...

River of Lakes Heritage Corridor CAG

May 11 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
The location will be announced. The public is welcome to attend. For more information contact Terri Bergeron on 386-736-5953 or tbergeron@volusia.org.  ...

Scrub stroll

May 11 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve 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 and may b...

DeBary Kids Corner

May 14 @11:00 am to 12:00 pm
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

May 15 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve 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 and may b...

Feeding a family of five for $12

May 16 @11:00 am to 1:00 pm
The weekly cost of feeding a family of five may easily amount to a monthly car payment and food prices continue to rise! Caterer Jim McCuen will explain how to feed five people for around $12 during this program in Lyonia Environmental Center's classrooms. Jim will discuss how to make nutritious, at...

Native Florida bees and wasps

May 17 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Would you like better pollination of your fruits and vegetables, resulting in more yield?  Learn about the benefits of native bees and wasps and how you can make your property more productive. Learn how to make your yard bee and pollinator friendly, and possibly save some money. The free presen...

DeBary Kids Corner

May 21 @11:00 am to 12:00 pm
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...

Magnificent monarchs

May 23 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Meet in the Lyonia Environmental Center classroom to learn about local butterflies and their host plants. LEC education staff will lead participants in constructing a rearing cage and give instructions for raising monarch butterflies at home. Participants will also take home a starter milkweed ...

Birding in Central Florida

May 23 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Eli Schaperow will review some of Central Florida's best birding sites during this free program in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom. Schaperow, a member of the West Volusia Audubon Society's Board of Directors, also will discuss bird habitats and migrating seasons and share ide...

Indian River Lagoon

May 24 @3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
What is 156 miles long, spans five counties in Florida, and is home to over 4,000 species of plants and animals? The Indian River Lagoon! It's one of the most biologically diverse areas in North America, and it needs our help. Join Jessy Wayles, a restoration specialist with the Marine Dis...

DeBary Kids Corner

May 28 @11:00 am to 12:00 pm
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...

Tiny trekkers

May 30 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Listen to a book about a frog that wants to fly like a bird, take a short hike and make a craft to take home. 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...

Ephemeral wetlands hike

May 30 @1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Explore Lyonia Preserve, where wetlands appear and disappear depending on the amount of rainfall. LEC staff will lead a hike into the preserve to describe these unique wetlands that are a haven for many insects, reptiles, amphibians and birds. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and be pr...

Saving scrub jays

May 31 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Join Rusty, Lyonia Environmental Center’s mascot, as we learn about the anatomy, diet and behavior of the threatened Florida scrub jay. Learn how we can help protect this species, found only in Florida! Following the presentation, participants will join LEC education staff for a stroll th...

DeBary Kids Corner

June 4 @11:00 am to 12:00 pm
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 Heritage Corridor CAG

June 8 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
The group will meet in the first-floor training room of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand. The public is welcome to attend. For more information contact Terri Bergeron on 386-736-5953 or tbergeron@volusia.org.  ...

DeBary Kids Corner

June 11 @11:00 am to 12:00 pm
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 Heritage Corridor CAG

August 10 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
The group will meet in the first-floor training room of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand. The public is welcome to attend. For more information contact Terri Bergeron on 386-736-5953 or tbergeron@volusia.org. ...

River of Lakes Heritage Corridor CAG

September 14 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
The location will be announced. The public is welcome to attend. For more information contact Terri Bergeron on 386-736-5953 or tbergeron@volusia.org.  ...

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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