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Environmental Management

Our mission:  To preserve, protect and restore the region's unique environmental natural resources and improve and enhance the enjoyment and health of a growing population; to achieve a balance between the quality of the environment and economic interests of our citizens.

Our goal:  Ensure that development proceeds without compromising our environment. To accomplish this goal each of the various program areas issue permits and conduct routine inspections for compliance with both the county adopted minimum standards and ordinances for environmental protection. Through intergovernmental agency agreements, Environmental Management also represents and assists with enforcement of selected state and federal regulations.

Another facet of environmental protection is pollution prevention and clean up. Appropriate program staff investigate citizen complaints and violations. Emergency situations such as hazardous substance spills, petroleum tank leaks, fish kills, air pollution episodes, etc., are reported to Environmental Management for assessment and action.

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Educational opportunities

Volusia County has many programs that offer opportunities for youth, adults, seniors, and groups to get involved in making a difference in the community while learning about the environment.

Education materials

These educational materials provide residents and visitors with information on coastal wildlife and the County's Lighting Ordinance. Order FREE brochures, newsletters, posters, table top tents and more.

Environmental groups

Learn about all environmental groups in Volusia County.

Environmental Permitting

Environmental Permitting is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the county's environmental ordinances, which include trees, wetlands, gopher tortoises, and Class II Overlay.

Get involved

Learn about recycling programs, waterway cleanups and other environmental initiatives.

Green Volusia

Green Volusia is Volusia County Goverments initiative to promote the sustainable use of county resources. Find out how you and your family can GO GREEN! Our website is full of helpful tips and tools for going green.

Lyonia Environmental Center

The Lyonia Environmental Center (LEC) provides visitors with a unique insight into Volusia County’s fragile ecosystems. The center promotes an understanding of the county’s natural environment, the heritage it sustains, and the challenges it faces. The Lyonia Environmental Center occupies 4,000 square feet of the Deltona Regional Library complex.

Marine Science Center

The Marine Science Center offers a wide variety of programs and activities for children and adults throughout the year. Students young and old can discover the many wonders of bird and marine life in environmentally rich Volusia County. 

Natural Resources

Natural Resources employees protect and conserve regional ecosystems and animal and plant species through habitat conservation, restoration, education and enhancement initiatives.

Pollution Control

Pollution Control is responsible for protecting our water resources by water quality and quantity monitoring, ensuring the proper disposal of solid waste, waste water, hazardous waste and encouraging water conservation.

Protected species

Volusia County is home to many protected species. Maintaining ecosystems is essential to conserving and protecting these and other species of animals in the county.

Upcoming events

Explore Volusia: Longleaf lunch and learn

June 1 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Pack a picnic lunch and ride the eco-buggy with bird expert Michael Brothers, who will point out the area’s native species. Meet at the preserve’s west entrance, 3637 E. New York Ave., DeLand. Participants must walk one-tenth of a mile to load onto the eco-buggy. If you are unable to wal...

Scrub stroll

June 3 @9:00 am to 10:00 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...

LEC - Environmental film series

June 4 @10:00 am to 1:30 pm
Escape the heat and relax in the LEC classroom as you watch the Eyewitness DVD collection and learn fun facts about a variety of interesting creatures – including birds, insects and amphibians – that are found in different habitats. A new film will be shown every 35 minutes. Bottled wate...

Explore Volusia: Bike-about Green Springs

June 6 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Experience natural Florida as you ride the East Central Regional Rail Trail from Green Springs Park to State Road 415 and back. All ages are welcome on this 11.4-mile round trip. Bicycle helmets are required. Meet at 994 Enterprise-Osteen Road, Enterprise.  Volusia County’s Environment...

Scrub stroll

June 6 @9:00 am to 10:00 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...

Explore Volusia: Guided hike of Hickory Bluff Preserve

June 10 @8:00 am to 10:00 am
Explore nature and compare habitat characteristics on an upland and swamp hike of the St. Johns River watershed. Meet at 598 Guise Road, Osteen. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outdoor education programs to acquaint residents with the county’s conservation ...

Scrub stroll

June 10 @9:00 am to 10:00 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...

LEC - Extraordinary echinoderms

June 11 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Sea cucumbers, sea stars and other animals make up this advanced group of invertebrates. Learn about their anatomy and feeding habits, the important role they play in nature, and their connection to the ancient beach in Lyonia Preserve. Afterward, the group will have a hands-on experience with LEC&r...

Scrub stroll

June 13 @9:00 am to 10:00 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...

Explore Volusia: Bethune Park paddle

June 14 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard for a leisurely paddling trip on the Indian River Lagoon. Participants may discover manatees and dolphins as they view local wildlife and scenery. Life preservers and whistles are required. Meet at Mary McLeod Bethune Park, 6656 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyr...

Explore Volusia: Seine netting in Spruce Creek Park

June 15 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Participants will use a 70-foot basket seine net to observe local organisms. An environmental specialist will describe microplastics, the harm they are causing in the environment and ways to reduce their impact. Meet at 6250 S. Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange.  Volusia County’s Environment...

Scrub stroll

June 17 @9:00 am to 10:00 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...

Explore Volusia: Bike-about Deep Creek Preserve

June 18 @8:00 am to 10:00 am
Take a ride around Volusia County’s newest conservation land and learn about the 8,000-acre site’s forestry, agricultural history and plant communities. Large-tired bikes are recommended. Helmets are required. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, Samsula. Volusia County’s Environmenta...

LEC - Summer Science Saturday

June 18 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Conduct some fun and interesting science experiments and explore insect specimens under the microscope during this interactive workshop. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling  386-789-72...

LEC - Slithering Sunday

June 19 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Stop by between 2 and 4 p.m. to meet LEC’s reptile animal ambassadors and learn about Florida’s state reptile, the American alligator. Meet several native and exotic species of snakes and learn about the important role the native species play in nature. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Ce...

Scrub stroll

June 20 @9:00 am to 10:00 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...

Explore Volusia: Guided hike of Longleaf Pine Preserve

June 22 @7:00 am to 9:00 am
Get an early start on this walk through the preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Participants will learn about the connections between soils and the plant and animal communities of the wetlands. Meet at the preserve’s west entrance, 3637 E. New York Ave, DeLand. Volusia Cou...

Explore Volusia: Blue Spring paddle

June 23 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Explore the spring’s crystal clear waters during this paddling trip to Blue Spring State Park. Participants will learn about local wildlife, the area’s history, water quality and the importance of Florida’s springs. Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Life preservers and ...

Scrub stroll

June 24 @9:00 am to 10:00 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

June 25 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can listen to the book “Clumsy Crab,” take a short hike through Lyonia Preserve, and make a take-home craft. This program is free. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center's, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be mad...

LEC - Sand-swimming skings

June 25 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
The Florida sand skink is highly adapted for life in the sand. This four-inch reptile is endemic to the Central Florida scrub and other xeric habitats. Learn interesting facts about this unique threatened species and its connection to the scrub habitat of Lyonia Preserve. Meet at Lyonia Envi...

LEC - Life with chickens

June 26 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Have you ever considered raising chickens? Join Master Gardener Ed Williams for this presentation designed specifically for beginners. He will share tips for raising healthy and happy chickens, discuss potential issues, and share humorous stories from his experiences. Meet in the Lyonia Envi...

Scrub stroll

June 27 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free 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 a...

International Coastal Cleanup

September 17 @9:00 am to 11:30 am
Residents can think globally and act locally during the International Coastal Cleanup and Halifax/Indian River Cleanup, set for 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division is spearheading the effort to remove trash from beaches, rivers and parks. T...

Ginger Adair
Director
gadair@volusia.org

Lee Stone
Admin Coordinator II
lstone@volusia.org

 

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