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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

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...

Tiny trekkers

September 3 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can listen to the book “Mouse’s First Fall,” 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 Cen...

LEC - Owl pellet dissection lab

September 3 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Did you know owls eat their prey whole? Owls aren’t able to digest bones, so they regurgitate them as pellets. In this hands-on lab, LEC staff will explain what owls eat and help participants examine the contents of owl pellets and reconstruct a prey skeleton. The fee is $5 per owl pellet.&nbs...

LEC - Nature film series

September 4 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Watch the PBS documentary “Scourge of the Lionfish” to learn how this aggressive, non-native species is proliferating along the East Coast and in the Caribbean Sea. Popcorn will be served. Beverages and snacks will be sold in the gift shop. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's c...

Explore Volusia: Night paddle of Indian River Lagoon

September 7 @7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Observe a variety of organisms and witness the beauty of bioluminescence – the emission of light produced by a chemical reaction within living organisms. This program is designed for skilled paddlers. Bring a canoe or kayak, life preserver, whistle, and an electric torch or lantern with a whit...

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...

Explore Volusia: Deep Creek Preserve

September 9 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a riding tour of Volusia County’s newest conservation land and learn about the 8,000-acre site’s forestry, agricultural history and plant communities. Meet at the preserve, 964 S. State Road 415, Samsula. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outdoor e...

LEC - Coastal ecology and wildlife

September 10 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Jennifer Winters will describe seasonal ocean processes and explain how they can affect sea turtles, shorebirds and other animals. Winters is Volusia County’s Sea Turtle Habitat Conservation Plan program manager. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Delto...

LEC - Grandparents' Day

September 10 @1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Bring Grandpa and the rest of the family to the LEC, where you can see the new aquarium residents, learn about native alligators and freshwater fish, and meet the center’s other animal ambassadors. Participants will receive a keepsake photo. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace...

LEC - 'Morning in the scrub' hike

September 11 @8:00 am to 9:30 am
Watch and listen for birds and other animals as they wake up in the scrub habitat of Lyonia Preserve.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. ...

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...

Explore Volusia: Wiregrass Prairie Preserve

September 13 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Walk through the 1,400-acre preserve, which is almost entirely in the St. Johns River Valley. Explore upland and wetland natural communities that include wet flatwoods, cypress domes and wet prairies. Learn about land management practices while hiking through diverse ecotones. Meet at the prese...

LEC - Creature feature

September 13 @11:00 am to 11:30 am
Ecuation staff will share interesting facts about bobwhite quails. Learn about their habitat, common behaviors, and the important role they play in the ecosystem. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made by c...

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...

LEC - Autumn leaf creations

September 17 @10:00 am to 11:30 am
Staff will guide participants as they make colorful fall leaf napkins rings and table decorations.  Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. ...

LEC - Waterwise landscaping

September 17 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Learn the basics of planting a Florida-friendly garden. Staff will offer tips on placing the right plant in the right place, saving water, minimizing garden maintenance, and lessening the landscape’s impact on the environment. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a “Waterwise ...

LEC - Florida scrub jays

September 18 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Why do scrub jays sometimes land on people? Why do they cache over 6,000 acorns a year? Staff will answer these questions and more during a classroom presentation that will explore the bird’s anatomy and diet and the threats it faces. After the presentation, participants and staff will take a ...

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 20 @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: Longleaf Pine Preserve

September 21 @8:00 am to 10:00 am
Get an early start on this walk through flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Participants will learn about the connections between soils and the plant and animal communities of the wetlands. Meet at the preserve’s west entrance, 3637 E. New York Ave, DeLand. Volusia County’s Environme...

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...

Explore Volusia: Bethune Park paddle

September 23 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard for a leisurely paddling trip on the Indian River Lagoon. Participants may see manatees and dolphins as they view local wildlife and scenery. A life preserver and whistle are required. Meet at Mary McLeod Bethune Park, 6656 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Be...

LEC - Every drop counts

September 24 @1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Learn about the importance of having a rain barrel and how to assemble one. Staff will also describe additional methods of water conservation, such as Florida-friendly landscaping, rain gardens and low-flow water fixtures. The first 20 participants will receive a free low-flow showerhead. A limit...

LEC - Festive fall wreath making

September 25 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Make a unique wreath using materials found in nature. Materials and decorative items will be provided. The cost is $8 per wreath. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  ...

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...

Explore Volusia: Heart Island

September 27 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take an eco-buggy ride through Heart Island Conservation Area, part of the 35,280-acre Lake George Wildlife Management Area. Natural communities include basin swamps, floodplain swamps, basin marshes, baygalls, blackwater streams, hydric hammocks, mesic flatwoods and scrub. A land management sp...

Explore Volusia: Lake Beresford Park

September 29 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Ride the Lake Beresford Park trail and a segment of the Spring-to-Spring Trail. Participants will learn about the local environment and the importance of springs with an emphasis on the connectivity of local waters. Meet at Lake Beresford Park, 2100 Fatio Road, DeLand.  Volusia County’...

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...

Ginger Adair
Director
gadair@volusia.org

Lee Stone
Admin Coordinator II
lstone@volusia.org

 

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