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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

Scrub stroll

December 22 @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...

Tiny trekkers

December 27 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can listen to a book about the magic of the seasons, 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 are requested and...

Outdoor scavenger hunt

December 27 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Lyonia Environmental Center will host a guided outdoor scavenger hunt, with an intro to “geocaching.” Come “cache” in on this no-experience-necessary, leisurely stroll through Lyonia Preserve. Be prepared to see birds, butterflies, trees and at the end you might even fin...

'Trim the holiday fat' hike

December 28 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Feeling like you may have overdone it on all those delicious holiday goodies?  We will be burning some calories on this guided hike over the “hills” found in Lyonia Preserve. Participants should bring water, wear closed-toe shoes, dress appropriately for the weather and be prepared ...

Winter Break Camp

December 29 to 31st
Children ages 6 to 13 can take part in Lyonia Environmental Center's three-day Winter Break Camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 29 through 31. The camp will feature nature hikes, live animal encounters, science experiments, games, and arts and crafts.  For more information or to register, contac...

Scrub stroll

December 29 @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...

Nature photography workshop

January 3 @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 St. Joh...

Tiny trekkers

January 3 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can read "Squirrel's New Year's Resolution," 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 mad...

Galapagos Islands

January 3 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Learn about the flora and fauna of Darwin fame! Florida Master Naturalist Roger Fulton has written several outdoor books. During this classroom presentation he will provide insight into what he found on the Galapagos Islands 177 years after Charles Darwin visited the islands on the HMS Beagle in 183...

Bird-feeding basics

January 4 @3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Feeding wild birds can be beneficial to them and provide great bird-watching opportunities for us! Join LEC education staff to learn about how to make your yard more bird friendly and the essential elements needed to keep them coming back season after season. Following the discussion, participants w...

Scrub stroll

January 5 @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...

Yoga classes coming to Gemini Springs Park

January 6 @9:30 am to 10:30 am
Get fit, focused and flexible during twice-weekly yoga classes beginning Jan. 6 at Gemini Springs Park, 37 Dirksen Drive, DeBary. Certified yoga instructor Jeanne Crayne will lead the classes from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the park’s spring house. Participants are asked t...

'Earth Flight'

January 6 @1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Take a break from the cold weather and come to the LEC classroom for an awe-inspiring journey across three continents from a bird’s perspective. A new nature film will begin on the hour where you can sail over the South American mountains than head over to Asia and lastly Australia. Bottled...

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...

Scrub stroll

January 9 @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...

Edible Florida

January 10 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Don Philpott will take us on a classroom exploration of some of the 1,700 plants in Central Florida that have culinary and medicinal uses. He will discuss basic foraging tips and look at many of the plants that can be used, including many that will surprise you. Philpott is an instructor w...

Houseplants

January 10 @10:00 am to 11:30 am
Master Gardener Howard Jeffries will share gardening tips during free programs at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 210 Sunrise Blvd. Upcoming programs include:  Houseplants: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10 Azaleas and camellias: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15 Vegetable gar...

Popcorn and a movie - "Arctic Tale"

January 11 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Come to the LEC classroom to view “Arctic Tale,” a documentary that illustrates the harsh realities of existence in the Arctic. Queen Latifah narrates this awe-inspiring story of the life cycle of a mother walrus and her calf, and the life of a polar bear and her cubs. Popcorn is pr...

River of Lakes Heritage Corridor CAG

January 12 @8:30 am to 11:30 am
The group will meet at the DeLeon Springs Community Association, Historic Porter House, 5030 Highway 17 N., DeLeon Springs. The public is welcome to attend. For more information contact Terri Bergeron on 386-736-5953 or tbergeron@volusia.org. 

Scrub stroll

January 12 @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...

Azaleas and camellias

January 15 @1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Master Gardener Howard Jeffries will share gardening tips during free programs at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 210 Sunrise Blvd. Upcoming programs include:  Azaleas and camellias: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15 Vegetable gardening: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 The ...

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...

Scrub stroll

January 16 @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...

Fabulous wildlife and settings of Florida

January 17 @10:00 am to 11:30 am
Central Florida novelist Marcia Meara talks about writing a book set along the scenic St. Johns River, and featuring a backdrop of native birds and wildlife, with a focus on rare albino and leucistic reptiles during this classroom program at Lyonia Environmental Center. Find out how Marcia parl...

Celebrating a Florida treasure - Manatees

January 17 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Just in time for the Manatee Festival, LEC staff will explain the importance of these majestic creatures, where they live, what they eat and why we should protect these beautiful animals. Afterwards, participants can create a manatee craft to take home. This program is free. Meet in the&nbsp...

Family game day

January 18 @1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Spend some family time away from technology! Join LEC staff in the classroom to play environmentally themed games. Meet our educational animal ambassadors, including Egor, a blue-tonged skink.   This program is free. Register by calling 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. The LEC is part of t...

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...

Scrub stroll

January 23 @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...

New year, new food

January 24 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Eat local, eat seasonal! Join us in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom as we discuss the benefits and some common misconceptions of eating locally grown and seasonally produced food. You will also learn about local farmers markets in the area where you can find locally grown food. This pro...

'Beat those winter blues' hike

January 25 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Tired of being indoors? Get up and out with the LEC education staff on this guided hike of Lyonia Preserve’s Blue Trail. Learn about the wildlife that call scrub habitat their home. Participants should bring water, wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to hike on sugar sand trails for approxim...

Scrub stroll

January 26 @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

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...

Vegetable gardening

January 29 @1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Master Gardener Howard Jeffries will share vegetable gardening tips at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 210 Sunrise Blvd. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 386-668-3840. 

Scrub stroll

January 30 @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...

Tiny trekkers

January 31 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can read "The Hat," 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. ...

Scales and tails

January 31 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Florida is home to 46 species of snakes and other native reptiles. During this LEC classroom presentation we will teach you the difference between venomous and non-venomous reptiles and the different species of snakes and other reptiles that live among us. Afterward, we will introduce you to so...

Scrub stroll

February 2 @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

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...

Scrub stroll

February 6 @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...

River of Lakes Heritage Corridor CAG

February 9 @8:30 am to 11:30 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

February 12 @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 19 @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 26 @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

March 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...

River of Lakes Heritage Corridor CAG

March 9 @8:30 am to 11:30 am
The group will meet at the Musuem of Art, 600 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. The public is welcome to attend. For more information contact Terri Bergeron on 386-736-5953 or tbergeron@volusia.org. ...

DeBary Kids Corner

March 12 @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

March 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...

DeBary Kids Corner

March 27 @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 Heritage Corridor CAG

April 13 @8:30 am to 11:30 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

May 11 @8:30 am to 11:30 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.  ...

River of Lakes Heritage Corridor CAG

June 8 @8:30 am to 11:30 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

August 10 @8:30 am to 11:30 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 @8:30 am to 10:00 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
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DeLand, FL 32720

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