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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 Goverment's 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

Employees in this division 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

Scrub stroll

December 9 @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 - Winter wonder fun

December 10 @10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Kids ages 5 to 11 can enjoyed a fun-filled four hours with nature-themed games, arts and crafts, and a holiday movie. This is a great opportunity for parents to take care of that holiday shopping list. Bring a clearly labeled sack lunch and drink for each child. An afternoon snac...

Manatee Watch volunteer training

December 10 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Volusia County is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to participate in Manatee Watch, a program that identifies the presence of manatees in local waterways.  Residents who live on the water, spend a lot of time near the water, or are avid boaters are encouraged to become manatee watchers.&n...

LEC - Popcorn and a movie

December 11 @2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Watch “Earth Flight - Flying High” in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom. The BBC’s Earth Flight series takes viewers on a bird’s eye view, soaring across six continents and 40 countries. David Tennant narrates this behind-the-scenes look at how this four-year proje...

Scrub stroll

December 12 @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 Scrub Oak Preserve

December 14 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about the importance of scrub habitat, water recharge zones and keystone species during this one-mile hike. Participants will get an up-close look at land management practices in the conservation area. Meet at 1495 McGregor Road, DeLand. Volusia County’s Environmental Management D...

Explore Volusia: Hickory Bluff Preserve paddle

December 15 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Bring a whistle and life preserver along with a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard for this leisurely paddling trip on the St. Johns River. Participants will learn about manatees and the area’s biodiversity as they explore ecosystems. Meet at 598 Guise Road, Osteen. Volusia County’s...

Scrub stroll

December 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: Ethnobotany hike

December 16 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Explorers will learn about edible and medicinal native plants. Florida has an incredibly diverse flora and a rich history of plant usage, making it a treasure trove for ethnobotanists, who study how humans have used plants throughout history. Meet at Spruce Creek Park, 6250 S. Ridgewood Ave., Port O...

LEC - Naturally Christmas Workshop

December 17 @10:30 am to 12:00 pm
‘Tis the season to decorate your home with what nature can provide. Using pine cones, twigs and other materials found in nature, we’ll incorporate the outdoors as we create holiday decorations. We’ll use some other repurposed, recycled and reused items in our creations. ...

LEC - A reptile's winter

December 17 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Ever wondered why you don’t often see reptiles during the winter? While we burrow under mounds of blankets to try and stay warm, reptiles have their own survival strategies. We will discuss what turtles, lizards, alligators and other native reptiles do to survive the colder months. Afterw...

LEC - 'Gifting nature' hike

December 18 @3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Learn about the vital role scrub habitat plays in recharging the aquifer and the unique plants and animals that have adapted to survive in this harsh environment during this guided hike. LEC education staff will share ideas of how we can give nature a gift by being caring, environmental st...

Scrub stroll

December 19 @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...

Manatee Watch volunteer training

December 19 @10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Volusia County is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to participate in Manatee Watch, a program that identifies the presence of manatees in local waterways.  Residents who live on the water, spend a lot of time near the water, or are avid boaters are encouraged to become manatee watchers.&n...

Explore Volusia: Bike-about at Spruce Creek Preserve

December 20 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Ride a segment of off-road trail at Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve on Martin Dairy Road while learning about the local ecosystem. Moderate skill is preferred due to rough terrain, hills and soft sand. Bring a mountain bicycle and helmet. Meet in the dirt parking lot on Martin Dairy Road, New Smy...

Scrub stroll

December 23 @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 ...

LEC - Environmental films

December 24 @1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Need a break from holiday shopping? Spend the afternoon in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom learning fun facts about owls, tortoises, butterflies and other interesting creatures. A new film will be shown every 35 minutes. Popcorn will be provided. Bottled water, soda, cand...

Explore Volusia: Eco-buggy tour of Deep Creek Preserve

December 28 @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 forestry, agricultural history and plant communities. Meet at Deep Creek Preserve, 964 S. State Road 415, Samsula. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors Ex...

Scrub stroll

December 30 @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 ...

Tiny trekkers

December 31 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can listen to the book “The Night Before New Year's,” take a short hike, and make a take-home craft. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.  Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  ...

LEC - Family fun countdown to the New Year

December 31 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Families can play nature games and make recycled confetti poppers, wishing wands and countdown clocks to ring in 2017. The Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center will serve sparkling grape juice and popcorn. Supplies are limited to 15 participants. Lyonia Environmental Center is part of the Delto...

Scrub stroll

January 6 @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 ...

Scrub stroll

January 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 ...

Scrub stroll

January 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 ...

Scrub stroll

January 16 @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

January 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

January 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...

St. Johns River Cleanup

April 22 @8:00 am to 11:00 am
Volunteers are needed for the 21st annual St. Johns River Cleanup, which will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017.  Boaters, scouts, civic organizations, environmental groups, businesses and individual volunteers are encouraged to join in the effort to remove trash...

Ginger Adair
Director
gadair@volusia.org

Lee Stone
Admin Coordinator II
lstone@volusia.org

 

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