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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

LEC - 'This makes sense' hike

October 2 @2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Take a trek through Lyonia Preserve with LEC staff and use your five senses to learn about scrub habitat.  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. ...

Scrub stroll

October 3 @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: Indian River Lagoon

October 5 @7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Witness the beauty of bioluminescence (the emission of light produced by a chemical reaction within living organisms) and observe a variety of organisms. This program is designed for skilled paddlers. Bring a life preserver, whistle, and an electric torch or lantern with a white light. Meet at Me...

Florida Green Lodging Program

October 6 @9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hotel employees can learn about the Florida Green Lodging Program during a free workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Courtyard by Marriott Daytona Beach Speedway/Airport, 1605 Richard Petty Blvd., Daytona Beach. The speakers will provide an overview of the program, which design...

Explore Volusia: Wiregrass Prairie Preserve

October 7 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Walk through the 1,400-acre preserve, which is almost entirely in the St. Johns River Valley. Learn about land management practices while hiking through diverse ecotones. Explore upland and wetland natural communities that include wet flatwoods, cypress domes and wet prairies. Meet at the pr...

Scrub stroll

October 7 @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 m...

LEC - 'Let's hit the trails' hike

October 8 @9:30 am to 10:30 am
Search for the plants and animals that live in Lyonia Preserve’s scrub habitat during this guided hike.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  ...

LEC - Only in Florida

October 8 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Join nature photographer Paul Rebmann for this classroom exploration of Florida’s endemic plants and animals. Endemic species exist only in a particular geographic area. Rebmann will describe Volusia County's Rugel's false pawpaw, Curtiss' milkweed, the Florida scrub jay and other species. ...

Kid connection: Sargassum

October 9 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Children ages 5 to 13 can learn about sargassum, a brown seaweed that drifts offshore and sometimes washes up on Volusia County’s beaches. These “floating islands” provide shelter and food for baby sea turtles and juvenile fish. Kids can learn about the creatures that depend on sea...

Scrub stroll

October 10 @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 and ...

Explore Volusia: Edgewater bike-about

October 10 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Ride the paved path from Cow Creek Road to Rotary Park and back. During this leisurely ride, participants will learn about the habitats they pass and the organisms that live in them. Bring a bicycle and helmet. Meet in the parking lot on Cow Creek Road, one-quarter mile east of I-95 and one-quarter ...

LEC - Creature feature

October 12 @11:00 am to 11:30 am
LEC staff will share interesting facts about the Eastern diamondback, a venomous reptile that lives in Central Florida. Attendees will earn about the snake, its habitat, common behaviors, and the important role it plays in our ecosystem. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 ...

Scrub stroll

October 14 @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: DeLeon Springs paddle

October 14 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard for a leisurely paddling trip to view local wildlife and scenery. Meet inside DeLeon Springs State Park, 601 Ponce de Leon Blvd., DeLeon Springs. There is a fee to enter the park. Participants may rent kayaks from the park. Volusia County’s E...

LEC - 'Creepy, crawly creatures' hike

October 15 @9:00 am to 10:30 am
Join LEC staff on an exploratory hike to discover arthropod and insect species in 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 - Water issues in the Third World

October 15 @10:00 am to 11:30 am
Dr. Paul M. Lane, a professor and director of the Applied Global Innovation Initiative at Michigan’s Grand Valley State University, will discuss water challenges in Latin America, particularly in Nicaragua. Topics will include contamination, rainfall runoff, and what happens when the water run...

LEC - Art in nature

October 15 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Incorporating nature and the outdoors, LEC staff will guide participants through the steps to make pinecone apples, nature collages and other creations. This interactive program is recommended for children ages 7 and up. Supplies are limited to 20 program participants; advance registration is r...

LEC - Go green for Halloween

October 16 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pick up some tips to reduce, repurpose and recycle your holiday candy. Other creative ideas will be discussed.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. ...

Scrub stroll

October 17 @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: Hontoon Island paddle

October 18 @9:00 am to 2:00 pm
This 10-mile adventure for experienced paddlers leaves from Hontoon Island State Park and loops down Snake Creek and back up the St. Johns River channel. The trip will take five to six hours. Participants are encouraged to pack a lunch for a picnic stop. Bring a canoe or kayak, life preserver and wh...

Explore Volusia: Gemini Springs bike-about

October 20 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Bicycle the scenic area around Gemini Springs Park and small segments of Lake Monroe. All ages and abilities are welcome for this six-mile trip. Bring a bicycle and helmet. Meet at Gemini Springs Park, 37 Dirksen Drive, DeBary.  Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponso...

Scrub stroll

October 21 @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 - Picnic in the Preserve

October 22 @11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Bring the family and a picnic lunch to Lyonia Preserve, where LEC staff will discuss the importance of scrub habitat, the threatened and endangered species that live there, and the ancient beach it once was.  Lyonia Environmental Center is part of the Deltona Regional Library complex at 2150...

LEC - Un-nature hike

October 22 @2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Test your observation skills as you look for man-made objects hidden on the trail. Staff will explain the importance of scrub habitat along the way.   Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, which is part of the Deltona Regional Library complex at 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.  Reser...

LEC - Re-purposed pumpkins

October 23 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Pumpkins are great for more than carving. They’re high in vitamins and minerals, but low in calories. Learn about their health benefits and ways they can be re-purposed after Halloween. Participants will make no-bake pumpkin pie in a bag.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150...

Scrub stroll

October 24 @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 Pine Preserve

October 26 @7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Look for nocturnal animals during this eco-buggy tour through the preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Meet at the east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors Explore Volusia to acquaint residents with the...

Explore Volusia: Indian River Lagoon Park

October 28 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about the importance of estuaries, natural uplands and wetlands during this guided hike. Participants will test the water quality and learn about environmental issues affecting the lagoon. Meet at 700 Sandpiper St., New Smyrna Beach.  Volusia County’s Environmental Manag...

Scrub stroll

October 28 @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: Longleaf Pine Preserve

October 29 @9:30 am to 11:00 am
Take an eco-buggy ride through Longleaf Pine Preserve, which includes 12,000 acres of natural communities of flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. In some areas there is an understory of saw palmetto, gallberry and seasonal wildflowers. Staff from the LEC and the county’s Explore Volusia p...

LEC - 'Autumn by the wetland' hike

October 29 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join LEC staff for this several-mile hike to Lyonia Preserve’s large ephemeral wetland. The group will look for signs of fall as staff explains which plant and animal species depend on the intermittent body of water. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona....

LEC - Popcorn and a movie

October 30 @2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Watch “Wings of Life” and discover the world of butterflies, hummingbirds, bees and bats. These incredible and increasingly threatened creatures play a vital role in helping to supply a third of the world’s food. Free popcorn will be served. Candy, chips and bottled water will be a...

Scrub stroll

October 31 @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

November 4 @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

November 7 @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

November 11 @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...

Ginger Adair
Director
gadair@volusia.org

Lee Stone
Admin Coordinator II
lstone@volusia.org

 

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