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Environmental Management

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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: Bike-about – Lake Beresford Park

May 4 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Ride a segment of the Spring-to-Spring Trail and learn about the local environment and the importance of springs. The emphasis will be on the connectivity of local waters. Meet at Lake Beresford Park, 2100 Fatio Road, DeLand. Samsula at the parking area east of County Road 415, nine miles south o...

Scrub stroll

May 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...

Tiny trekkers

May 6 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can listen to “The Night before Mother’s Day,” 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 Friends of Lyonia Environmen...

LEC - Recycle the rain

May 7 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Learn about the importance of rain barrels, where to place them, and how to use the collected water. A limited number of rain barrels will be available for purchase after the workshop. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  Meet in Lyoni...

LEC - Mother's Day hike

May 8 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Bring your mother, or someone special, on this guided hike through Lyonia Preserve. LEC staff will explain the importance of scrub habitat while searching for the threatened Florida scrub jay. Participants will receive a keepsake photo.   Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace ...

Explore Volusia: Guided hike of Spruce Creek Preserve

May 9 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about the importance of estuaries and try your hand at seine netting during this hike through Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. The group will focus on fish, bird and plant identification. Wear closed-toe shoes. Meet at 3251 N. Dixie Highway, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Envir...

Scrub stroll

May 9 @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 ...

LEC - Gray foxes

May 10 @11:00 am to 11:30 am
LEC staff will share interesting facts about the gray fox; show track and scat molds; and describe their natural habitats, behaviors and the important role they play in the ecosystem.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may...

Explore Volusia: Scrub Oak Preserve

May 13 @8:00 am to 10:00 am
Learn about the importance of scrub habitat, water recharge zones and keystone species during this one-mile scenic hike. Participants will get an up-close look at the land management practices of the conservation area. Meet at 1495 McGregor Road, DeLand. Volusia County’s Environmental Manag...

Scrub stroll

May 13 @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 ...

Explore Volusia: Longleaf bike-about

May 14 @7:30 am to 10:00 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, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outdoor ...

LEC - Gopher tortoise trek

May 14 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn interesting facts about these land-dwelling tortoises during an exploratory hike into Lyonia Preserve. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. ...

LEC - Beneficial bugs

May 14 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
There are more than 4 billion classified species of insects, and some of them are Mother Nature’s own pest control. Meet in the LEC classroom to pick up some tips on attracting beneficial insects to your garden. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 2...

LEC - Popcorn and a movie

May 15 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
“Eyewitness Butterfly and Moth” takes a flight of fancy with nature’s most beguiling creatures. Watch their transformation from caterpillar to airborne adult and learn why these delicate insects have long entranced us. Afterward, participants will create a butterfly craft. Free ...

Scrub stroll

May 16 @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 ...

Explore Volusia: Blue Spring paddle

May 17 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard for a leisurely paddling trip to Blue Spring State Park, where the group will explore the spring and learn about local wildlife and history, water quality, and the importance of Florida’s springs. Meet at the end of West French Avenue in Orange City...

Scrub stroll

May 20 @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 ...

Explore Volusia: Eco-buggy tour

May 20 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Explore Lake George State Forest's pine flatwoods, cypress swamps and marsh aboard the county’s eco-buggy. The forest has the second highest population of bald eagles in the lower 48 states. Meet at 998 Ninemile Point Road, Seville. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Divis...

LEC - American alligator

May 21 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
LEC staff will explain the important role this keystone species plays in the ecosystem and how we can learn to coexist with them. After the program, participants can view the resident alligators in the LEC gallery. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 2102...

Scrub stroll

May 23 @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: Highbridge Park paddle

May 24 @7:30 am to 10:00 am
Learn about restoration in areas of the Tomoka River and strategies for restoring mangroves, oysters and salt marshes. Participants are encouraged to bring their fishing gear. A Florida saltwater fishing license is required to fish, and all regulations must be followed. Bring a canoe, kayak or stand...

Explore Volusia: Longleaf Pine Preserve

May 26 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Walk through swampland while investigating the waters with dip nets. Participants will learn about common freshwater invertebrates and the importance of swampland and water quality. Wear old clothing and waders or water boots. Meet at the preserve’s east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrn...

Scrub stroll

May 27 @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

May 27 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can listen to the book “We Planted a Tree,” take a short hike through Lyonia Preserve, and make a take-home craft.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center's, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made by calli...

LEC - Moss mania

May 28 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Explore the lichens of Lyonia Preserve during this classroom workshop and guided hike. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. ...

LEC - Scrub Jeopardy!

May 29 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Families can test their knowledge about gopher tortoises, the Florida scrub jay, the Floridan aquifer, recycling and other environmental topics. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ex...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Ginger Adair
Director
gadair@volusia.org

Lee Stone
Admin Coordinator II
lstone@volusia.org

 

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