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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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Land Management
Land Management is responsible for the management, enhancement and restoration of approximately 38,000 acres in Volusia County.

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.

Sports Volusia
Your one-stop sports event planning resource. View a listing of all the sporting facilities in Volusia County, find an activity or plan your own on SportsVolusia.com.

Upcoming events

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...

LEC - 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...

Volusia ECHO Advisory Committee

June 2 @4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
The Volusia County Environmental, Cultural, Historical and Outdoor (ECHO) Advisory Committee will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 2. The meeting will be in the first-floor training room of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand. Members will discuss the 2014/2015 gran...

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...

Tiny trekkers

June 6 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can listen to a book about a silly tortoise that learns there's no place like home, take a short hike, and make a craft to take home. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center. Meet in the LEC classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Rese...

LEC - Beneficial bugs

June 6 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
There are over 4 billion classified insects!  Some of these insects can be Mother Nature’s own pest control.  One of the best ways to control pests in your garden is to invite their natural enemies. Join LEC education staff in our classroom to learn some tips on how to encourage thes...

History of West Volusia

June 6 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Larry French will explore the history of DeBary, Enterprise and Orange City at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 210 Sunrise Blvd.  French is executive director of the West Volusia Historical Society and is active in local living history and Civil War re-enactments. H...

National Trails Day

June 7 @7:00 am to 10:00 am
Celebrate National Trails Day by getting some fresh air and exercise at Gemini Springs Park from 7 to 10 a.m. Sunday, June 7. The outdoor event – sponsored by Volusia County’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Division – will be set up at the finish line of the ECHO Half Marathon, w...

LEC - Butterflies and Blooms Workshop

June 7 @3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Join us in the LEC classroom as we learn about local butterflies and their host plants found in Volusia County. LEC education staff will lead participants in constructing a rearing cage and give instruction for raising Monarch butterflies at home. Participants will also take home a starter milkweed ...

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...

Hobby greenhouses

June 11 @1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Master Gardener Howard Jeffries will share information about hobby greenhouses in DeBary Hall’s stable, 198 Sunrise Blvd. Reservations are not required. For more information call 386-668-3840.    Learn more about DeBary Hall at www.debaryhall.com. Visit the county's horticulture Fa...

Caring for palms

June 13 @10:00 am to 11:30 am
Master Gardener Howard Jeffries will explain how to care for palm trees in your landscape during a free program in DeBary Hall’s stable, 198 Sunrise Blvd. Reservations are not required. For more information call 386-668-3840.    Learn more about DeBary Hall at www.debaryhall.com. V...

LEC - 'My life with owls'

June 13 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
During this free program at Lyonia Environmental Center, Naturalist Chuck Tague will bring photographs and stories of his adventures and share his photo essay of an owl nest at Matanzas National Historic Monument in 2010. Owls have always been a part of Tague’s life. As education direc...

LEC - Fabulous wildlife and settings of Florida

June 13 @1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Central Florida author Marcia Meara will discuss her novel, “Swamp Ghosts,” in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom. The romantic suspense novel is set along the scenic St. Johns River and features a backdrop of native birds and wildlife with a focus on rare albino and leuci...

DeBary Kids Corner

June 18 @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...

LEC - Family picnic and hike

June 20 @9:30 am to 11:00 am
Pack a snack or brunch items and bring the family for a picnic in Lyonia Preserve’s pavilion! After the picnic, LEC staff will lead a guided hike in the preserve, where we will focus on the plants and animals that call scrub habitat home. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited ...

LEC - Summer Science Saturday

June 20 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
It’s almost Father’s Day! Bring your dad, or someone special, to Lyonia Environmental Center to conduct some fun science experiments and explore specimens under the microscope. This program is free. Lyonia Environmental Center is part of the Deltona Regional Library complex ...

History of lighthouses

June 20 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
John Mann will discuss the history of lighthouses at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 210 Sunrise Blvd.  Mann, a volunteer for the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, has an extensive knowledge of lighthouses worldwide.  His free presentation is part of the Lemonad...

LEC - Scrub Jeopardy

June 21 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Bring the family th Lyonia Environmental Center for some environmental fun as you compete in this variation of the TV game show. Test your knowledge on subjects such as gopher tortoises, the Florida scrub jay, the Floridan aquifer and recycling as you increase your environmental awareness.&nbsp...

DeBary Kids Corner

June 25 @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...

Caring for your irrigation system

June 25 @1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Master Gardener Howard Jeffries will explain how to operate and maintain your irrigation system during a free program in DeBary Hall’s stable, 198 Sunrise Blvd. Reservations are not required. For more information call 386-668-3840.    Learn more about DeBary Hall at www.debary...

Tiny trekkers

June 27 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can listen to a book about an adventurous little girl, take a short hike through Lyonia Preserve, 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., D...

Popcorn and a movie

June 28 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Meet in the LEC classroom to watch “Water’s Journey – The Hidden Rivers of Florida. Everywhere in the world, water travels through the ground and is affected by activities that occur on the Earth’s surface. Water is not something that is used, discarded and destroyed. It&rsqu...

DeBary Kids Corner

July 2 @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...

DeBary Kids Corner

July 9 @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...

DeBary Kids Corner

July 16 @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...

DeBary Kids Corner

July 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...

Tiny trekkers

July 25 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can listen to a book about a little girl who spends a day at the sea with her brother, 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 F...

DeBary Kids Corner

July 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...

DeBary Kids Corner

August 6 @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. ...

DeBary Kids Corner

August 13 @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...

DeBary Kids Corner

August 20 @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

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.  ...

Scrub stroll

October 30 @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...

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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