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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

LEC - Recycling rocks - Valentine style

February 14 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Practice the 3 R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle) as you make valentine cards and crafts. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. ...

Scrub stroll

February 15 @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

February 17 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Explore the endangered Florida scrub habitat during a guided hike. Learn about scrub plants and animals and meet Lyonia’s most precious resident, the Florida scrub jay. Land management practices and prescribed fire will be discussed. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Delt...

LEC - Creature feature

February 17 @10:00 am to 10:30 am
Learn about raccoon habitats, behaviors, and the important role they play in the ecosystem. LEC staff will share artifacts, track molds and other educational items relating to this nocturnal animal.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested ...

Scrub stroll

February 19 @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...

Canceled: Boat ride of Indian River Lagoon

February 19 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors Explore Volusia to acquaint residents with the county’s conservation lands and land management practices.  Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-736-5927. ...

LEC - Nature-inspired keepsakes

February 20 @10:00 am to 11:30 am
Nature will lend a hand as participants make seed pockets and birdseed ornaments.  Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. ...

LEC - On the trail

February 20 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Florida Master Naturalist Roger Fulton will explain how to read trail markings and what to do when you encounter bears, hogs, snakes and other animals. Afterward he will lead a half-mile hike in Lyonia Preserve.   Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservat...

LEC - 'Get back to nature' hike

February 21 @2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
LEC education staff will lead a guided hike through Lyonia Preserve, sharing information about the scrub habitat, ephemeral wetlands, and the endangered species that live in the scrub.  Bring water and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. This program is free. Meet at Lyonia En...

Scrub stroll

February 22 @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: Bike-about Lake Beresford

February 23 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Ride the park’s trail and a segment of the Spring-to-Spring Trail. Participants will learn about the local environment, the importance of springs, and the connectivity of local waterways. Bring a helmet and bicycle. Meet at Lake Beresford Park, 2100 Fatio Road, DeLand. Volusia County’...

Explore Volusia: Spruce Creek paddle

February 25 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about estuary and marsh ecosystems and the biodiversity of these important habitats. Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve, 2317 Creek Shore Trail, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environ...

Scrub stroll

February 26 @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...

LEC - Snakes of Florida

February 28 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Learn how to identify some of the commonly encountered species during this classroom program. Participants can meet some of the LEC’s native nonvenomous snakes. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made by...

Scrub stroll

February 29 @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 ...

Explore Volusia: Wiregrass Prairie Preserve

February 29 @1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Guided hike of Wiregrass Prairie Preserve: 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29. Hike through part of the 1,400-acre preserve in the St. Johns River Valley. Learn about land management practices as you explore upland and wetland natural communities, including wet flatwoods, cypress domes and wet prairies.&nb...

Ginger Adair
Director
gadair@volusia.org

Lee Stone
Admin Coordinator II
lstone@volusia.org

 

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