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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 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.

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

Employees in this division 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

Explore Volusia: Talk turkey at Deep Creek Preserve

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 ...

Manatee Watch training

March 25 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Volusia County is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to participate in Manatee Watch, a program that identifies the presence of manatees in local waterways.  Residents who live on the water, spend a lot of time near the water, or are avid boaters are encouraged to become manatee watchers.&n...

LEC - Popcorn and a movie

March 26 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Watch “The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies” and follow the 2,000-mile migration of monarchs to a sanctuary in Mexico. After the film, participants can create a monarch butterfly craft and will receive native milkweed seeds to plant at home to help this beautiful species survive. Po...

Scrub stroll

March 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...

Explore Volusia: Gemini Springs bike-about

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...

Explore Volusia: Guided hike of Indian River Lagoon Park

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&...

LEC - Earth Day calendar workshop

April 2 @2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Earth Day, celebrated every year on April 22, promotes environmental awareness and calls for the protection of the planet. Create a countdown calendar from recycled materials that will remind you to do something positive for the planet each day of the month.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Cen...

Scrub stroll

April 3 @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: Callalisa Creek paddle

April 4 @9:00 am to 11:30 am
Enjoy a backwater paddle through a maze of mangroves. Participants will navigate oyster beds, learn about mosquito canals, and look for birds. Bring a life preserver, whistle, and a kayak or canoe. Meet at 598 S. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Di...

LEC - Sea, touch & explore

April 6 @2:00 pm to 2:30 pm
LEC staff will share fun facts about sea stars, sea urchins and sea cucumbers. Afterward, attendees can meet the center’s saltwater animal ambassadors.   Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.  Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 2...

Explore Volusia: Maynard May Park

April 7 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Paddle across the channel at Maynard May Park to explore a local island. Participants will seine net and hike to discover the wonders of the estuary. Bring a life preserver; whistle; closed-toe water shoes; and a stand-up paddleboard, canoe or kayak. Meet at 413 S Riverside Drive, Edgewater. Volu...

Scrub stroll

April 7 @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...

LEC - Radical reptiles hike

April 8 @9:30 am to 10:30 am
Lyonia Preserve is home to a variety of species of reptiles, including gopher tortoises. These long-lived gentle reptiles are keystone species because they dig burrows that provide shelter to hundreds of other species. LEC staff will lead an exploratory hike into the scrub to look for reptiles in...

Scrub stroll

April 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 ...

Explore Volusia: Green Springs bike-about

April 11 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Ride the East Central Regional Rail Trail from Green Springs Park to State Road 415 and back. All ages and abilities 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 Environmental Man...

Explore Volusia: Hickory Bluff Preserve

April 12 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Compare habitat characteristics on this upland and swamp hike of the St. Johns River watershed. Meet at 598 Guise Road, Osteen. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outdoor education programs to acquaint residents with the county’s conservation lands and land ma...

LEC - Raptors

April 15 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Birds of prey are among the most sophisticated birds on Earth; their eyesight, hearing and other senses are honed to help them catch live prey. Reinier Munguia, president of the Lake Region Audubon Society and an EagleWatch volunteer coordinator, will describe the physical and behavioral adaptations...

Scrub stroll

April 17 @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...

Explore Volusia: Wiregrass Prairie Preserve

April 18 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a ride through the 1,400-acre preserve, which is almost entirely in the St. Johns River valley. Explore upland and wetland natural communities, including wet flatwoods, cypress domes and wet prairies. Learn about land management practices while riding through the diverse ecotones of the land. M...

LEC - Earth Day fun

April 20 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Help the LEC promote environmental awareness! Create recycled pop-up flowers, upcycled containers and pledges. This program is recommended for children ages 5 and up. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona Reservations are requested and may be made by ...

Explore Volusia: Palm Bluff Conservation Area

April 21 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Hike through the Palm Bluff Conservation Area and explore distinct natural plant communities. The group may see a variety of birds, including bluebirds, brown-headed nuthatches, turkeys, wading birds and raptors. Meet in Samsula at the parking area on the east side County Road 415, 9.5 miles south o...

Scrub stroll

April 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 and ...

St. Johns River Cleanup

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...

LEC - Popcorn and a movie

April 23 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Every year, 100 million monarch butterflies set off on an incredible journey across North America, flying thousands of miles to reach a tiny area high in the mountains of Mexico. In “The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies,” a NOVA film crew flies along with the monarchs, visiting thei...

LEC - Popcorn and a movie

April 23 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Every year, 100 million monarch butterflies set off on an incredible journey across North America, flying thousands of miles to reach a tiny area high in the mountains of Mexico. In “The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies,” a NOVA film crew flies along with the monarchs, visiting thei...

Scrub stroll

April 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 ...

Explore Volusia: Edgewater bike-about

April 26 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Ride the paved path from Cow Creek Road to Rotary Park and back. During this leisurely ride, participants will learn about different habitats and the organisms that live within them. Bicycle helmets are required. Meet at the parking lot on Cow Creek Road one-quarter mile south of State Road 442. Cow...

Explore Volusia: Eco-buggy tour of Deep Creek Preserve

April 28 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a riding tour of this 8,000-acre natural and agricultural land to learn about important plant communities. Participants may see Volusia County’s endemic paw paw in bloom, carnivorous plants and Sherman’s fox squirrels. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia Coun...

Scrub stroll

April 28 @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: 'Bee informed' at Deep Creek Preserve

April 29 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn the basics of beekeeping from local Master Beekeeper Marlin Athearn. He will explain the importance of bees; offer tips for setting up your own apiary; and discuss equipment, pollination, habitats and common issues that may arise. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia Cou...

Tiny trekkers

April 29 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can listen to the book “Spring is Here,” 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. Re...

LEC - The amazing horseshoe crab

April 29 @2:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Horseshoe crabs are amazingly adaptable as they make their yearly migration to different beaches. Many species – including mollusks, sponges and crustaceans – depend on horseshoe crabs for their survival. Learn about this important creature and its connection to the ancient beach of Lyon...

Scrub stroll

May 1 @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

May 5 @9:00 am to 12:00 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

May 8 @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

May 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

May 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...

Scrub stroll

May 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

May 22 @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

May 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 may b...

Ginger Adair
Director
gadair@volusia.org

Kathy Ebding
Admin Coordinator II
kebding@volusia.org

 

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