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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

Volusia ECHO Advisory Committee

August 26 @3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Volusia County’s Environmental, Cultural, Historical and Outdoor (ECHO) Advisory Committee will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the Athens Theatre, 124 N. Florida Ave., DeLand. Members will discuss proposed changes to the ECHO critical grant application. Public participation will be welco...

DeBary Kids Corner

August 28 @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...

Tiny trekkers

August 30 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can read “The Very Helpful Hedgehog,” 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.    ...

Bat box workshop

August 30 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Did you know bats are nature’s insect repellent? Some bats can 500 to 1,000 mosquitoes in a single hour!  A bat box can provide our native Florida bats with a much needed safe place to live. They will return the favor by eating insects around your yard.  During this workshop, partic...

Historic Preservation Board

September 3 @3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The Volusia County Historic Preservation Board will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the third-floor meeting room of the Volusia County Lifeguard Headquarters and Administration Center, 515 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach. The board will discuss an invitation from the Federal Aviation Agency t...

Public meeting re: Spruce Creek Preserve plan

September 3 @6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Volusia County staff will accept public comments on a draft trail and recreation plan for the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach.                   &...

Public meeting re: Spruce Creek Preserve

September 3 @6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Volusia County staff will accept public comments on the draft trail and recreation plan for the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach.                  ...

DeBary Kids Corner

September 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 or&nb...

ECHO Ranger kick-off meeting

September 4 @6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Children in grades one through five are invited to join Volusia County’s ECHO Rangers, a hands-on educational program that focuses on the county’s ecological, cultural, heritage and outdoor resources. The program is offered at more than 40 sites including parks, museums, libraries and h...

Scrub stroll

September 5 @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

September 6 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can read "Armadillo Rodeo," 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 requested and may be made by cal...

ECHO Ranger kick-off meeting

September 6 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children in grades one through five are invited to join Volusia County’s ECHO Rangers, a hands-on educational program that focuses on the county’s ecological, cultural, heritage and outdoor resources. The program is offered at more than 40 sites including parks, museums, libraries and h...

Picnic in the preserve

September 6 @12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
The last day of summer may be behind us, but we can still enjoy the great outdoors! LEC staff invites you to bring your a lunch and join us in the Lyonia Preserve pavilion. Participants will learn interesting facts about scrub habitat and the unique plants and animals that inhabit this area.  A...

Naked astronomer

September 6 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Robert Vogel, the “naked astronomer,” will present “How the constellations came to be” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 210 Sunrise Blvd, DeBary. Vogel, a member of the Central Florida Astronomical Society, specializes in astronomy involving the nak...

Shark sense

September 7 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join the LEC education staff to learn about these strong, magnificent apex predators of the sea.  We will discuss species identification, life span, diet and shark myths. Test your sense of smell during a fun activity to see how well you could find prey “hunting” like a shark does. ...

River of Lakes

September 8 @8:30 am to 10:00 am
Members of the River of Lakes Heritage Corridor Scenic Highway group will meet at the Osteen Civic Center, 165 New Smyrna Blvd, Osteen. The public is welcome to attend. Contact Terri Bergeron at 386-736-5953 or tbergeron@volusia.org.  ...

Scrub stroll

September 8 @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 an...

DeBary Kids Corner

September 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...

ECHO Ranger kick-off meeting

September 11 @6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Children in grades one through five are invited to join Volusia County’s ECHO Rangers, a hands-on educational program that focuses on the county’s ecological, cultural, heritage and outdoor resources. The program is offered at more than 40 sites including parks, museums, libraries and h...

Scrub stroll

September 12 @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...

Plant exploration hike

September 12 @10:00 am to 11:30 am
LEC staff will guide participants on an exploratory hike into Ponce Preserve Park, 4401 Pennisula Drive, Ponce Inlet.  Meet at the park entrance at 9:50 a.m. Everything from blanket flowers to prickly pear cacti inhabit this area. We may even spot a gopher tortoise! Bring bug spray, sunscreen ...

ECHO Ranger kick-off meeting

September 13 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children in grades one through five are invited to join Volusia County’s ECHO Rangers, a hands-on educational program that focuses on the county’s ecological, cultural, heritage and outdoor resources. The program is offered at more than 40 sites including parks, museums, libraries and h...

Florida's waders

September 13 @10:00 am to 11:30 am
Naturalist Chuck Tague will present “The mystery and history of herons and their relatives” at the Lyonia Environmental Center. Egrets, herons, ibis and spoonbills symbolize Florida’s wild marshes and swamps, yet many are familiar sights in roadsides ditches and backyard ponds. The...

Back-to-school brain break

September 13 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Kids 7 and up can make play dough, fake fossils, and ice cream in a bag at Lyonia Environmental Center. The $3 fee includes supplies. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. The LEC is part of the Deltona Regional Library complex at 2150 Eustace Ave.   ...

Morning-in-the-scrub hike

September 14 @7:30 am to 9:00 am
This hike is for the early riser! Join LEC education staff on this guided hike where we will be watching and listening for bird and animal activities and sounds as they wake up in beautiful Lyonia Preserve.  Participants should bring water, wear closed-toes shoes and be prepared to hike in suga...

For the love of bugs

September 15 @9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Children ages 6 to 13 can learn about bugs and scrub during teacher duty day camps at Lyonia Environmental Center.a  For the love of bugs: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15. Kids will hike through Lyonia Preserve, capture and observe bugs, make crafts, and take part in “creep...

Scrub stroll

September 15 @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 Hall premiere

September 16 @4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Watch the premiere of "A Day in the Life of DeBary Hall" at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at DeBary Hall Historic Site's stables, 210 Sunrise Blvd. The 15-minute documentary depicts life at the hunting lodge in the late 19th century - as seen through the eyes of DeBary Hall's original employees. Loca...

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...

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
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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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. The location will be announced. 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