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Environmental Management

Fertilizer ordinance

MSC Strategic Plan Final 2013

Meeting on the Blue Spring Alliance Forum

Wetlands Ordinance Discussion

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: Spruce Creek Preserve

September 3 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about the importance of estuaries while hiking through the scenic preserve. Participants will have an opportunity to use seine nets. Meet at 3251 N. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach.  Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outdoor adventures to acquaint reside...

Tiny trekkers

September 5 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can listen to a book about two sisters who learn to compromise. Afteward, we'll take a short hike through Lyonia Preserve and make a take-home craft. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center. Meet at Lyonia Environmental...

LEC - Back-to-school brain break

September 5 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Children ages 7 and up can make homemade play dough and fossils. The cost is $3 per participant. Meet in the Lyonia Environmental Center classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  ...

LEC - Popcorn and a movie

September 6 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Meryl Streep narrates “Wings of Life,” an intimate look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers. The film is full of stunning adventure, intrigue, drama and mesmerizing beauty. Free popcorn will be provided. Bottled water, sodas, candy and chips will be available for purchas...

Outdoor Education: Bike-about on the Rail Trail

September 8 @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...

Outdoor Education: Deep Creek Preserve

September 10 @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 the outdoor adventur...

LEC - Festive fall crafts

September 12 @10:00 am to 11:30 am
Fall is right around the corner! LEC staff will teach program participants how to make colorful fall decor for their homes or to give to others. Participants will make fall leaf napkin rings and table decorations. The program is sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center. The cost for e...

LEC - Maintaining a native landscape for wildlife

September 12 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Ginny Stibolt, author of "Sustainable Gardening for Florida" and "Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida," returns to the LEC! She will provide ideas and tools to create an authentic Florida landscape that is presentable even in neighborhoods with homeowners associations. This program is...

LEC - Chiggers: Scratching the surface

September 13 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Have you experienced the irritating itch of a chigger bite? Join LEC education staff to learn more about these small creatures that pack a punch. This free program will address chigger anatomy, their role in nature, bite prevention and relief methods. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eus...

Outdoor Education: Longleaf Pine Preserve

September 14 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about wetland plants and animals while walking through the preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Meet at the east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, west of New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outdoor adventures to acquaint resident...

Outdoor Education: Bethune Park paddle

September 16 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
View local wildlife and scenic vistas while exploring the waters of the Indian River Lagoon. Participants may encounter manatees and dolphins. Participants must bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddle board along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at Mary McLeod Bethune Park, 6656 S. Atlantic A...

LEC - Festive fall crafts

September 16 @10:00 am to 11:30 am
Participants will make fall leaf napkin rings and table decorations to adorn their homes or give to others. The program is sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center. The cost for each participant is $3. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center's, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reser...

Beach and river cleanups

September 19 @8:00 am to 10:30 am
Volusia County residents can think globally and act locally during the International Coastal Cleanup and Halifax/Indian River Cleanup, set for 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division is spearheading the effort to remove trash from beaches, rive...

LEC - Popcorn and a movie

September 19 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Ever wondered how frogs leap? The diversity of amphibians has fascinated children and adults for years. During this program you will learn all about frogs, toads and salamanders. Free popcorn will be provided. Bottled water, sodas, candy and chips will be available for purchase. This free program is...

LEC - 'Morning in the scrub' hike

September 20 @8:00 pm to 9:30 am
This hike through Lyonia Preserve is for the early riser! Join LEC education staff on this guided hike where we will be watching and listening for signs of scrub animals as they wake up in beautiful Lyonia Preserve. Participants should bring water, wear closed-toe  shoes and be prepared to hike...

Outdoor Education: Tiger Bay

September 22 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Florida Forest Service foresters will discuss land management and prescribed burns during this riding tour of Tiger Bay State Forest. Call the forest office at 386-226-0250 to make reservations. Meet at 4316 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental Mana...

Outdoor Education: Blue Spring paddle

September 24 @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. Volusia County’s Environmental Ma...

Outdoor Education: Lyonia Preserve

September 26 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Hike the 2.5-mile blue trail and learn about the endangered Florida scrub habitat. Hikers will observe scrub animals and plants and meet Lyonia’s most precious resident, the Florida scrub jay. Land management practices and prescribed fire will be discussed along the way. Meet at Lyonia Preserv...

Tiny trekkers

September 26 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can listen to a book about a young bear's first autumn. Afteward, we'll take a short hike through Lyonia Preserve and make a take-home craft. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center,...

LEC - Mushroom mania

September 26 @1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Join LEC staff for a wild mushroom extravaganza and learn how to identify the various fungi that grow in our area. Examine wild mushrooms in the pavilion before we venture out into Lyonia Preserve to find mushrooms growing in the wild. This program is free. Reservations are requested and may be m...

LEC: Festive fall wreath-making

September 27 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Sip on hot apple cider and get those creative juices flowing! Bring a friend along to the LEC classroom to create a one-of-a-kind wreath using materials found in nature. Ribbon, silk leaves, flowers and other decorative materials will be provided. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia E...

Outdoor Education: Bike-about in Spruce Creek Preserve

September 29 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Ride a segment of Martin’s Dairy Trail in Spruce Creek Preserve while learning about the local ecosystem. Moderate skill is required due to rough terrain, hills and soft sand. Participants must bring a bicycle and helmet. Turn off Turnbull Bay Road and meet in the dirt parking lot on Martin&rs...

LEC - Nature photography

October 3 @10:00 am to 3:00 pm
After discussing photographic techniques and rules of composition in the LEC classroom, Doug Little will lead participants into Lyonia Preserve to take photos. They’ll return to the classroom to learn how to crop and edit their photos. The fee is $50 fee per person. Registration is required; c...

LEC - Alligators: Adversaries or allies?

October 4 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Alligators play a valuable role in the ecology of Florida’s wetlands, rivers, lakes and swamps. Join LEC staff as we dispel some alligator myths, learn more about these ancient reptiles and how we can peacefully coexist with them. This free program is designed for all ages. An optional al...

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, including the blue-tongued skink...

LEC - Eco buggy tour of Lyonia Preserve

October 17 @10:00 am to 11:30 am
Nature lovers can get a different perspective of Lyonia Preserve as they ride the county’s eco-buggy through the scrub. LEC staff will describe the preserve’s habitat and wildlife. Participants should wear appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes and bring binoculars and a camera....

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.  ...

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.   ...

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...

LEC - Halloween science

October 31 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
We have some slimy, ghoulish and somewhat “tricky” experiments for children ages 6 and up. LEC staff will teach them how to make fake blood, slime and more. This program is free.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Please call 386-789-7207,...

Ginger Adair
Director
gadair@volusia.org

Lee Stone
Admin Coordinator II
lstone@volusia.org

 

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