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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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.
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.
Learn about all environmental groups in Volusia County.
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.
Learn about recycling programs, waterway cleanups and other environmental initiatives.
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.
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.
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
Natural Resources employees protect and conserve regional ecosystems and animal and plant species through habitat
conservation, restoration, education and enhancement initiatives.
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.
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...
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...
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. ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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. ...
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. ...
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...
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...
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,...