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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 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

Tiny trekkers

July 2 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can listen to “Mouse's First Summer,” take a short hike, and make a take-home craft. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.  This free program is sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center.&nbs...

LEC - Amazing animal senses

July 2 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Discover how animals use their senses to find food and deter predators during this classroom presentation. Afterward, participants can meet the LEC’s animal ambassadors and learn more about their senses and how they use them. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-78...

Explore Volusia: Snorkel and swim

July 7 @10:45 am to 12:45 pm
Experience the wonders of the underwater ecosystem and various marine species while snorkeling the high slack tide near Ponce Inlet. Participants must bring their own snorkeling gear and be able to swim. Those under age 18 must wear a personal flotation device and be accompanied by an adult guardian...

LEC - Amazing amphibians

July 9 @9:00 am to 10:30 am
Discover the slippery, slimy and cold-blooded world of amphibians, which include frogs and toads. Because they can breathe through their skin and are partially tied to water, amphibians are important environmental indicators, helping scientists gauge ecosystem health. After the presentation, partici...

LEC - Fun in Sun Workshop

July 9 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Children 5 and older can harness the sun to make a solar print and UV bracelet. They can also create an ocean in a bottle.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. ...

LEC - Nature film series

July 10 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join LEC staff for a showing of the critically acclaimed documentary “Winged Migration.” Watch as film crews follow a rich variety of bird migrations through 40 countries and each of the seven continents. Bottled water, sodas, candy and chips will be available for purchase in the gift sh...

Explore Volusia: Hickory Bluff Preserve paddle

July 12 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about the Florida manatee and the area’s biodiversity during this leisurely paddling trip on the St. Johns River. Participants must bring a whistle, personal flotation device and a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard. Meet at Hickory Bluff Preserve, 598 Guise Road, Osteen. Volusi...

LEC - Creature feature

July 12 @11:00 am to 11:30 am
LEC staff will share interesting facts about turkeys and show track and scat molds. Learn about their natural habitats and behaviors and the important role they play in the ecosystem. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; cal...

Explore Volusia: Martins Dairy Trail bike-about

July 13 @3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Ride a trail in the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve while learning about the local ecosystem. Moderate skill and mountain bikes are preferred due to rough terrain, hills and soft sand. Helmets are required. Turn north off Turnbull Bay Road, just off of Pioneer Trail. Meet in the dirt parking lot ...

Explore Volusia: Guided hike of Spruce Creek Preserve

July 14 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Discover the importance of estuaries while hiking through the scenic Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. Participants can try their hand at seine netting. Fish, bird and plant identification will be the focus of this adventure. Wear closed-toe shoes. Meet at 3251 N. Dixie Highway, New Smyrna Beach. ...

Explore Volusia: Guided hike of Scrub Oak Preserve

July 16 @8:00 am to 10:00 am
Learn about land management practices and the importance of scrub habitat, water recharge zones and keystone species while hiking through this conservation area. Meet at 1495 McGregor Road, DeLand. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors Explore Volusia to acquaint resid...

LEC - 'Early bird gets the worm' hike

July 16 @8:30 am to 9:30 am
Explore Lyonia Preserve with an environmental specialist, who will identify the bird species that are searching for food. Bring binoculars for this birding opportunity. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made...

LEC - Family Fun Day

July 16 @1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Help Rusty, the LEC’s scrub jay mascot, celebrate his birthday. Partiers will observe the center’s new aquarium residents, many of which live in the shallow waters off Volusia County’s beaches. Learn how these waters are connected to Rusty’s home, the scrub. Native freshwater...

LEC - Nature film series

July 17 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Follow a group of divers as they take a daring journey into the Floridan aquifer during “Water’s Journey – The Hidden Rivers of Florida.” Bottled water, sodas and snacks will be available for purchase in the gift shop. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, ...

Explore Volusia: Snorkel and swim

July 20 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Experience the wonders of the underwater ecosystem and various marine species while snorkeling the high slack tide in Ponce Inlet. Participants must bring their own snorkeling gear and be able to swim. Those under age 18 must wear a personal flotation device and be accompanied by an adult guardian. ...

Explore Volusia: Lake Beresford bike-about

July 22 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Uncover facts about the local environment and the importance of springs on this bicycling tour of Lake Beresford Park. Participants will ride a segment of the Spring-to-Spring Trail. The emphasis will be on the connectivity of local waters. Meet at 2100 Fatio Road, DeLand.  Volusia County&rs...

LEC - Bountiful butterflies

July 23 @10:00 am to 11:30 am
Learn about these important pollinators and their vital role in the ecosystem. Staff will describe the different species in Central Florida and offer tips on attracting the winged beauties to your garden. Afterward, participants can look for butterflies during an optional guided hike into Lyonia Pre...

LEC - Coffee filter creations

July 23 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Children and adults will use coffee filters to make butterflies, flowers and other creations. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. ...

LEC - Invertebrate encounters

July 24 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Bring the family to learn about the LEC’s sea stars and sea cucumbers during a touch-tank experience. An environmental specialist will discuss their connection to the ancient beach of Lyonia Preserve.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations a...

Tiny trekkers

July 30 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can listen to the book “The Biggest House in the World,”  take a short hike through Lyonia Preserve, and make a take-home craft.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center's, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested ...

LEC - Nature-inspired art

July 30 @10:00 am to 11:30 am
Create pinecone birds and sun catchers using items found in nature. This program is recommended for children ages 7 and up. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  ...

LEC - Environmental film series

July 31 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Watch the Nova documentary “Incredible Journey of the Butterflies” and peek into the monarch’s secret and fascinating world. Meet friends and enemies of the butterfly, and fly with the monarchs on their migratory odyssey. Bottled water, sodas and snacks will be available for purcha...

Scrub stroll

September 2 @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...

Scrub stroll

September 9 @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...

Scrub stroll

September 12 @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...

Scrub stroll

September 16 @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...

International Coastal Cleanup

September 17 @9:00 am to 11:30 am
Volusia County residents can think globally and act locally during the International Coastal Cleanup and Halifax/Indian River Cleanup, set for 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division is looking for volunteers to remove trash from beaches, river...

International Coastal Cleanup

September 17 @9:00 am to 11:30 am
Residents can think globally and act locally during the International Coastal Cleanup and Halifax/Indian River Cleanup, set for 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division is spearheading the effort to remove trash from beaches, rivers and parks. T...

Scrub stroll

September 19 @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...

Scrub stroll

September 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...

Scrub stroll

September 26 @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...

Scrub stroll

October 3 @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 ...

Scrub stroll

October 7 @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...

Scrub stroll

October 10 @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 ...

Scrub stroll

October 14 @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 ...

Scrub stroll

October 17 @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 ...

Scrub stroll

October 21 @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 ...

Scrub stroll

October 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 ...

Scrub stroll

October 28 @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...

Scrub stroll

October 31 @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...

Scrub stroll

November 4 @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...

Scrub stroll

November 7 @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...

Scrub stroll

November 11 @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...

Scrub stroll

November 14 @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...

Ginger Adair
Director
gadair@volusia.org

Lee Stone
Admin Coordinator II
lstone@volusia.org

 

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