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The Green Path - A public forum on building a sustainable future

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

Outdoor education: Blue Spring paddle

October 7 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about local wildlife and history during a leisurely paddling trip through Blue Spring State Park. Participants must bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddle board along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at the end of French Avenue in Orange City, about a mile past the park entrance. Vo...

Outdoor education: Star tour

October 9 @6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Explore the night sky with retired astronomy teacher Hugh Ward Jr. at Wiregrass Prairie Preserve, 1751 Lopez Road, Osteen. Dr. Ward will comment on the visible planets and other celestial objects as participants observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars, which will be provided. Bring a...

LEC - Fall foliage hike

October 10 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
As cooler temperatures sweep into our state, come discover the variety of colors that fall brings to the preserve! LEC staff will lead an exploratory hike into Lyonia Preserve to see what changes occur this time of year. This program is free. Meet in the Lyonia Environmental Center clas...

LEC - Family game day

October 11 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Bring the whole family to LEC’s classroom any time between 2 and 4 p.m. to play environmentally themed board games and be scientists for the afternoon while examining specimens under a microscope. Spend some time learning about our live animal ambassadors.  Lyonia Environmental Ce...

Outdoor education: Eco-buggy tour

October 13 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a riding tour of Volusia County’s newest conservation land and learn about the 8,000-acre site’s plant communities and forestry and agricultural history. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, Samsula. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outdoor education pr...

Outdoor education: Spruce Creek Preserve

October 15 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about the importance of estuaries and use a seine net while hiking through the scenic preserve. Meet at 3251 N. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach.  Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outdoor education programs to acquaint residents with the county’s c...

LEC - 'Creepy, crawly creatures' hike

October 17 @9:30 am to 10:30 am
Get psyched for Halloween as environmental specialists lead a hike into Lyonia Preserve in search of insects. This program is free. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. ...

LEC - Meet novelist Marcia Meara

October 17 @1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
The Central Florida author will explain how writing a series set in Florida differs from writing one set in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Each has a unique habitat, wildlife and quirky, small-town characters. Meara will present a slide show packed with scenic beauty and interesting wildlife.  ...

Outdoor education: Maynard May Park paddle

October 20 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about local wildlife and the importance of water quality during this paddle on the Indian River Lagoon. Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Meet at 413 S. Riverside Drive, Edgewater. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outdoor education programs to ac...

LEC: Owl pellet dissection lab

October 21 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Did you know owls eat their prey whole? Owls cannot digest bones and therefore regurgitate them in pellets. In this hands-on lab, you will examine the contents of owl pellets with us to learn more about what owls eat and attempt to reconstruct a prey skeleton! The fee is $5 per person.   ...

Outdoor education: Eco-buggy tour

October 22 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a leisurely ride through the preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Participants will learn about the plants and animals of the wetlands. Meet at the east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, west of New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors ...

LEC - Popcorn and a movie

October 24 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Watch “The Nest” to learn how birds around the world build their homes and select the materials and locations.  This free program is sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center. Popcorn will be provided. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia Env...

LEC - Ephemeral wetland hike

October 25 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join LEC staff for this several-mile hike to Lyonia Preserve’s large ephemeral wetland. We will be looking for signs of fall along the way and investigating which plant and animal species are dependent upon this intermittent body of water. Participants should bring water, wear long pants an...

Outdoor education: Spruce Creek paddle

October 26 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard for an adventurous paddle through Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. Participants will also explore alligator slides and various types of vegetation. Meet at 2317 Creek Shore Trail, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Div...

Outdoor education: Rail Trail bike-about

October 28 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Bicycle the first segment of the East Central Regional Rail Trail and experience the natural world along the way. Participants will ride the paved trail from Green Springs Park to State Road 415 and back – an 11.4-mile round trip. All ages and abilities are welcome. Bicycle helmets are require...

LEC - Thanksgiving tree craft

November 1 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join LEC education staff to learn why some leaves change colors in the fall. Bring the family and work together to create your own mini fall tree craft, made from natural and recycled materials as we reflect on reasons to be thankful this holiday season. This free program is sponsored by the Fr...

LEC - 'Sunset over Lyonia' hike

November 12 @4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Wrap up your day with this fun outdoor exploration! ‘Sunset over Lyonia Preserve’ hike: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12.  Wrap up your day with this fun outdoor exploration! Join LEC staff as we embark on a hike into the preserve to enjoy the view of an autumn sunset over L...

Bird Fest

November 15 to 16th
Celebrate Volusia County’s magnificent birds during the 11th annual Bird Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Marine Science Center, 100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet.  Attendees can meet glove-trained birds of prey, learn about bird migration, and visit booths staffed...

LEC - Scat and tracks

November 15 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Learn how animals can be identified by their scat and how they use scat to build homes, attract partners, send messages and more. After the presentation, the group will take a short hike through Lyonia Preserve to look for signs of wildlife. This program is free. Meet at Lyonia Environmental...

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