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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

LEC - 'Winged Migration'

January 21 @1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Join LEC staff for a showing of the acclaimed documentary “Winged Migration.” Watch as film crews follow bird migrations through 40 countries and seven continents. Free popcorn will be served. Snacks can be purchased in the gift shop. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eus...

LEC - Family game day

January 22 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Bring the family to explore the LEC exhibit gallery, meet live animal ambassadors, and play environmentally themed board games. Registration is requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona ...

Scrub stroll

January 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: Longleaf lunch and learn

January 24 @11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Pack a picnic lunch and ride the eco-buggy through Longleaf Pine Preserve. An environmental specialist will explain the connection between this inland preserve and Volusia County’s marine mammals, including manatees and dolphins. Meet at the preserve’s west entrance, 3637 E. New York Ave...

Explore Volusia: Fish and learn at Highbridge Park

January 26 @7:30 am to 10:00 am
Bring your fishing gear to Highbridge Park, 39 Highbridge Road, Ormond Beach. Participants will learn about restoration efforts along the Tomoka River and strategies for restoring mangroves, oysters and salt marsh. Ethical angling and the importance of these habitats will also be discussed. A Florid...

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...

Explore Volusia: Longleaf bike-about

January 28 @7:30 am to 10:00 am
Take a leisurely ride through Longleaf Pine Preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Participants will learn about the plants and animals of the wetlands. Wide-tired bikes are required. Meet at the east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmen...

LEC - Nature exploration day

January 28 @1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
This indoor program will include hands-on activities, microscope exploration stations, and nature-themed crafts and games. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona...

Scrub stroll

January 30 @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 Smyrna Dunes

January 31 @9:00 am to 11:30 am
Explore Smyrna Dunes Park with naturalists to learn about the wonders of the dune systems and importance of mollusks. The guides will also share information about sea turtles and estuaries. Meet at 2995 N. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach.  Volusia County’s Environmental Management Div...

LEC - Tails and tales

February 2 @2:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Staff will share fun facts about reptiles and introduce the center’s reptile ambassadors. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. ...

Explore Volusia: Longleaf Pine Preserve

February 2 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
An environmental specialist will lead this walk through the preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Participants will learn about the connections between soils and the plant and animal communities of the wetlands. Meet at the west entrance, 3637 E. New York Ave, DeLand. Volusia Coun...

Scrub stroll

February 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...

Explore Volusia: Sky tour

February 3 @5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Explore the night sky with retired astronomy teacher Dr. Hugh Ward 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...

Explore Volusia: Nature photography

February 4 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Professional photographer Lee Dunkel will offer tips on taking great nature photos during this short hike into Deep Creek Preserve, 964 S. State Road 415, Samsula. Bring a camera. Learn about Dunkel at www.leedunkel.com.  Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outd...

LEC - 'Earthflight'

February 4 @1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Watch the PBS documentary “Earthflight," which shows a flight from the wings of birds across six continents. Popcorn will be provided. Snacks and beverages will be available for sale. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; call 386-...

LEC - 'Mammals of the scrub' hike

February 5 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
LEC staff will lead this guided hike into Lyonia Preserve, where they will share information about mammals that live in the scrub habitat and explain why they are an important part of the xeric ecosystem.  Lyonia Environmental Center is part of the Deltona Regional Library complex at 2150 Eu...

Scrub stroll

February 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...

Explore Volusia: Green Springs bike-about

February 6 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Experience nature while riding the East Central Regional Rail Trail from Green Springs Park to State Road 415 and back. All ages are welcome on this 11.4-mile round trip. Bicycle helmets are required. Meet at Green Springs Park, 994 Enterprise-Osteen Road, Enterprise.  Volusia County&rsq...

Scrub stroll

February 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...

Explore Volusia: Longleaf lunch and learn

February 10 @11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Ride the eco-buggy through the preserve, enjoy the scenery, and learn about the importance of its lands. The eco-buggy will stop at the pavilion, where participants may eat lunch and learn about the connection between Volusia County’s sustainability action plan and the conservation lands. Brin...

LEC - Nature hike of Lyonia Preserve

February 11 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Hikers will learn about Florida’s scrub habitat, ephemeral wetlands, and the endangered species that live there. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. ...

LEC - Reptiles and recycling

February 12 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Meet some live reptiles at Lyonia Environmental Center and make a valentine craft using recycled materials.  Reservations are required; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. ...

Scrub stroll

February 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...

Explore Volusia: Spruce Creek paddle

February 16 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard for a leisurely paddling trip down Spruce Creek. Learn about estuary and marsh ecosystems and the biodiversity of these important habitats. A life preserver and whistle are required. Meet at Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve, 2317 Creek Shore Trail, New ...

Scrub stroll

February 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...

Wildlife Festival

February 18 @10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Take a walk on the wild side as Lyonia Environmental Center (LEC) presents the second annual Wildlife Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. The festival will feature Florida wildlife presentations, environmental displays, and guided tours of Lyonia Preserve. The 360-acre p...

Scrub stroll

February 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 a...

Explore Volusia: Spruce Creek bike-about

February 21 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Ride a segment of Martin Dairy Trails in Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve while learning about the local ecosystem. Moderate skill is preferred due to rough terrain, hills and soft sand. Bicycle and helmets are required. Meet in the dirt parking lot on Martin Dairy Road, New Smyrna Beach. Volus...

Explore Volusia: Wiregrass Prairie Preserve

February 22 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a ride through the 1,400-acre Wiregrass Prairie Preserve, which is situated almost entirely in the St. Johns River valley. Explore upland and wetland natural communities that include wet flatwoods, cypress domes and wet prairies. Learn about land management practices while hiking the diverse ec...

Scrub stroll

February 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 a...

LEC - Popcorn and a movie

February 26 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Watch “Super Hummingbirds" in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom. The documentary uses high-speed cameras to enter the fast-paced world of the tiny birds. Popcorn will be provided. Snacks and beverages will be available for sale. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring wa...

Scrub stroll

February 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...

Explore Volusia: Riverbreeze Park padde

February 28 @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 beautiful scenery. Leaving from Riverbreeze Park, paddlers may encounter manatees and dolphins while exploring the waters of the Indian River Lagoon. A life preserver and whistle are required. Meet ...

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

Kathy Ebding
Admin Coordinator II
kebding@volusia.org

 

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