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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

Tiny trekkers

November 1 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can read "Turkey Trouble," take a short hike, and make a take-home craft in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. ...

Learn about Lilian Place

November 1 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Dr. Nancy Long, president of the Heritage Preservation Trust, will discuss the history of Lilian Place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd.   Lilian Place is the oldest house on Daytona Beach's beachside. This Italianate Victorian house was built&n...

Family game day

November 2 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Break away from technology and bring the family to play some fun games like Birdopoly, Reptile Bingo, Scrub Jeopardy or work on a puzzle together in the LEC classroom!  Spend some time examining specimens under a microscope, make a craft together and meet our live animal ambassadors up close wh...

Scrub stroll

November 3 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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

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...

Scrub stroll

November 7 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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...

Picnic in the preserve

November 8 @9:30 am to 11:00 am
Bring your lunch and join the LEC staff in the Lyonia Preserve pavilion. Participants will learn interesting facts about scrub habitat and the unique plants and animals that inhabit this area.  After lunch we'll take a short hike into the preserve to explore more. This program is free...

Citrus care

November 8 @10:00 am to 11:30 am
Howard Jeffries offer tips for growing citrus during a free program at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 386-668-3840.

Extraordinary exotics

November 9 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Are you thinking of buying an exotic pet for Christmas? Choosing an unusual pet can be a fun learning process, but it should not be undertaken without proper research. Join the LEC education staff to learn what to consider when looking at possible exotic pets and the factors that should in...

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.    ...

Scrub stroll

November 10 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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...

Cultural Council Subcommittee on Loaned/Donated Art

November 10 @3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
A subcommittee of the Cultural Council of Volusia County working on developing a Loaned/Donated Art Policy will meet at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, in the Parks, Recreation and Culture offices, 202 N. Florida Ave., DeLand. Committee members will work with county staff on refining a draft policy deali...

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...

Preparing your landscape for winter

November 13 @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.

"Sunset over Lyonia" hike

November 13 @4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Enjoy an autumn sunset over Lyonia Preserve during this guided hike. Participants are encouraged to wear closed-toe shoes and bring water and a flashlight for this exploration. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. The LEC is part of the Deltona R...

Scrub stroll

November 14 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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...

Coffee-filter crafts

November 15 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Enjoy the art of recycling products! Join us in our classroom to learn how to make some festive fall crafts from coffee filters. Supplies will be provided. This program is free. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. The LEC is part of the Deltona Regio...

Naked astronomy

November 15 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Sail the Milky Way and tour the fall constellations with Robert Vogel, the “naked astronomer” and a member of the Central Florida Astronomical Society. You’ll be able to find your way around the night sky like a pro while learning the history and mythology of the stars. T...

Manatees on the move

November 16 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
As winter approaches, manatees cannot tolerate the colder water temperatures and begin heading to our fresh water springs. Join Lyonia Environmental Center staff as we learn about these amazing creatures and their travels. Following the presentation, we will be learning about the different mana...

Scrub stroll

November 17 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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

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...

Scrub stroll

November 21 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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...

Turkey trot

November 23 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Join LEC staff for a two-mile hike in Lyonia Preserve. wear closed-toed shoe, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar sand trails. Bring a nonperishable food item for a local food bank.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested...

Scrub stroll

November 24 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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...

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...

Tiny trekkers

November 29 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can read “When the Leaf Blew In,” take a short hike, and make a take-home craft. Meet in the Lyonia Environmental Center classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.    ...

The life of birds

November 29 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Want to learn which bird can dive 2,000 feet underwater?  Reinier Munguia, president of Lakes Region Audubon Society, will cover all aspects of a bird’s life, from the adaptations that allow them to survive in their environment to their amazing flights and displays. Special interest will ...

Movie Day at the LEC

November 30 @1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Take a break from the holiday shopping and stress! Come to the LEC classroom to view several great environmental films from the Eyewitness DVD series. A new film will begin on the hour. Bottled water, soda and snacks will be available for purchase in the LEC gift shop. This program is free.   ...

Naturally Christmas workshop

December 2 @10:30 am to 12:00 pm
‘Tis the season to decorate your home with what nature provides. During this program we will teach you how to use natural items to decorate your home and give it a one-of-a-kind look. From pine cones, twigs and acorns we will use our creative minds to see what we can put together. This free pr...

DeBary Kids Corner

December 4 @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 o...

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...

DeBary Kids Corner

December 11 @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...

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 ECH...

DeBary Kids Corner

December 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...

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...

DeBary Kids Corner

January 8 @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

January 15 @10:30 pm 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...

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...

DeBary Kids Corner

January 22 @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

January 29 @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

February 5 @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...

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Tim Baylie
tbaylie@volusia.org

202 N. Florida Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720

West Volusia
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386-257-6000, ext. 15953

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