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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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 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.
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 County.
Employees in this division protect and conserve regional ecosystems and animal and plant species through habitat conservation, restoration, education, and enhancement initiatives.
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.
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.
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...
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 ...
March 4 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Professional photographer Lee Dunkel will offer tips on photographing nature. Learn about Dunkel at www.leedunkel.com. Bring a camera and meet at Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve, 3251 N. Dixie Highway, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors out...
March 7 @9:00 am to 11:30 am
Enjoy a backwater paddle through a maze of mangroves as you navigate oyster beds, learn about mosquito canals, and see a variety of birds. Bring a kayak or canoe, life preserver and whistle for this adventure. Meet at Callalisa Park, 598 S. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s...
March 8 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Ride a dirt path around a segment of the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. Learn about cypress and mixed hardwood swamps while exploring areas of water impoundments where a variety of wildlife can be seen. Participants must have a bicycle and helmet. Meet at the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife...
March 15 @11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Take an eco-buggy tour of Longleaf Pine Preserve and learn about the Volusia Conservation Corridor, an expansive north-south pathway that allows wild animals to move through Volusia County and provides humans an opportunity to enjoy Central Florida nature. The guide will provide a history of th...
March 21 @9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Not for the beginner paddler, this 10-mile paddle 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 bring lunch for a picnic stop. Bring a canoe or kayak, life preserver and w...
March 23 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a leisurely ride through the preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps as you learn about the plants and animals of the wetlands. Meet at the east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors Explore Volusia to a...
March 25 @8:00 am to 10:30 am
Naturalist Ed Northey will discuss the habits and vocalizations of Florida’s native subspecies of wild eastern turkey, the Osceola. Participants will learn a myriad of calls, then go on a hike into turkey habitat using these calls to entice a tom to respond. Hikers will also learn and use the ...
March 28 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Bike the beautiful area around segments of Lake Monroe and Gemini Springs Park. The ride will be at least six miles long. Bring a bike and helmet. Meet at Gemini Springs Park, 37 Dirksen Drive, DeBary. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outdoor education progr...
March 29 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Explore the Indian River Lagoon while learning about the importance of estuaries, natural uplands and wetlands. Participants will test the water quality, search for microplastics, and learn about issues the lagoon has encountered. Meet at 700 Sandpiper St., New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County&...
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. Boaters, scouts, civic organizations, environmental groups, businesses and individual volunteers are encouraged to join in the effort to remove trash and de...