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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

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.  ...

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 - 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...

Tiny trekkers

August 6 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can listen to the book “Inch by Inch,” take a short hike through Lyonia Preserve, and make a take-home craft. This program is free. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center's, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be ma...

LEC - Beat the heat workshop

August 6 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Looking for fun things to do with the kids this summer? Come join LEC staff for this creative workshop where kids will learn how to make ice cream in a bag, homemade lava lamps and other creations! This program is recommended for children ages 7 and up. Cost of program is $3 per program pa...

LEC - Watch "Crane Song"

August 7 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Every year, 80 percent of the world’s sandhill cranes make their way through the 75-mile stretch of Nebraska’s Central Platte River Valley on their spring migration. This film weaves together striking visuals and majestic sounds of the birds’ journey with stories and insights of th...

LEC - Ladybugs & lacewings

August 13 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ladybugs are one of the most beneficial insects you can invite into your garden to control pests. Although small, a single ladybug can consume 50 to 60 aphids in a single day! Explore along with us their life cycle, ecological importance and learn what you can do to attract them to yo...

LEC - Creative composting

August 13 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Composting can transform yard debris, food scraps and other organic material into valuable fertilizer. You can make a difference in our environment by simply composting at home. Gardeners call it “black gold” because of its nutrient richness and the value it adds to your soil.&...

LEC - Back to School Hike

August 14 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Enjoy one last hike into Lyonia Preserve before school starts. We will be looking for plants and animals that live in this desert environment. Participants should wear closed toe shoes, bring water, and dress appropriately for the weather. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Av...

Explore Volusia: Spruce Creek paddle

August 16 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard for a leisurely paddling trip down Spruce Creek. The guides will discuss the biodiversity of estuary and marsh ecosystems. Participants must have life preserver and whistle. Meet at 2317 Creek Shore Trail, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Envir...

Explore Volusia: Guided hike of Spruce Creek Preserve

August 20 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Environmental specialists will lead a hike through parts of scenic Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. The group will seine net in Rose Bay and identify fish, bird and plant species. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, water shoes or rubber boots. Meet at 3251 N. Dixie Highway, New Smyrna Beach. R...

LEC - Seine netting

August 20 @9:30 am to 11:00 am
Estuaries are home to unique plant and animal communities that have adapted to brackish waters. LEC and Explore Volusia staff will guide you on a hike through parts of beautiful Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. Fish, bird, and plant species identification will be part of the focus of th...

LEC - Bats

August 20 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Did you know that some bat species can eat 500 to 1,000 mosquitoes in a single hour? A bat box can provide our native Florida bats with a much needed safe place to live. Bats will return the favor by eating insects around your yard! During thisthis workshop participants will lear...

LEC - Family Game Day

August 21 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Bring the family to Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom any time between 2 and 4 p.m. to play some fun, environmentally themed board games or be scientists for the afternoon while examining specimens under a microscope. Spend some time in the LEC gallery learning about our animal ambas...

Explore Volusia: Rail Trail bike-about

August 23 @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’s...

Tiny trekkers

August 27 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can listen to the book “Commotion in the Ocean,” take a short hike through Lyonia Preserve, and make a take-home craft. This program is free. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center's, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and...

Back-to-School Brain Break

August 27 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Join LEC staff on a classroom exploration of fun activities to help beat those back-to-school blues. Make homemade play dough, homemade fossils and other creations to take home. The fee for this fun and interactive program is $3 per participant.    Meet at Lyonia Environmental...

LEC Kid Connection - Sharks

August 28 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Kids ages 5 to 13 can learn about shark anatomy, diet and their role as apex predators. Compare your sense of smell through a fun activity as you learn about the way a shark finds its prey. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested an...

Explore Volusia: Guided hike of Hickory Bluff Preserve

August 30 @9:00 am to 11:30 am
Learn about the wonders of dune and estuarine systems. The guides will also share information about sea turtles. Meet at 2995 N. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach. Registered participants will receive a parking pass. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outdoor educati...

Explore Volusia: Snorkel and swim

August 31 @8:00 am to 10:00 am
Explore the underwater ecosystem and learn about various marine species while snorkeling the high slack tide near Ponce Inlet. Participants must be able to swim and have their own snorkeling gear. Water shoes or dive boots are required. Those under 18 must wear a personal flotation device and be acc...

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...

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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