Conservation Lands Outdoor Activities

Outdoor programs

Bring the family outdoors to experience natural Florida and the management of our conservation lands through programs by staff, guest instructors, guided hikes, eco-buggy tours, bike-abouts and paddles. Participants are encouraged to bring water and insect spray and wear comfortable clothes and walking or hiking shoes.

Space is limited, registration is required. For more information or to register call Environmental Management at 386-736-5927. Click here to see the upcoming schedule.

Outdoor education

Public, private and home school teachers can complement their classroom studies with structured field classes on Volusia County conservation lands. Land Management offers a variety of free outdoor interdisciplinary classes for groups of up to 30 students. Specific classes and tours that compliment classroom studies can be designed through teacher request. Class activities and content can be modified to suit any grade level.

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Volunteer opportunities

What better way to enjoy the outdoors and contribute to the future of Volusia County Conservation Lands than through volunteering your time, energy and talents on land management projects? Diverse volunteer opportunities are available, ranging from species monitoring to environmental education facilitators. The Annual Jay Watch citizen-science program will be underway in June.

To find out more about this program and how you can help click here.

There are many opportunities for Eagle Scout projects on Volusia County's conservation lands. Click here to learn more.

For more information please call the Volusia County Environmental Management office at 386-736-5927.

To apply:

Print, complete and sign the volunteer application / agreement form and the participant release form and mail or fax them to the address on the application / agreement form.

Printable form [PDF]

Upcoming events

Outdoor education: Blue Spring paddle

October 7 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about local wildlife and history during a leisurely paddling trip through Blue Spring State Park. Participants must bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddle board along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at the end of French Avenue in Orange City, about a mile past the park entrance. Vo...

Outdoor education: Star tour

October 9 @6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Explore the night sky with retired astronomy teacher Hugh Ward Jr. at Wiregrass Prairie Preserve, 1751 Lopez Road, Osteen. Dr. Ward will comment on the visible planets and other celestial objects as participants observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars, which will be provided. Bring a...

Outdoor education: Eco-buggy tour

October 13 @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 plant communities and forestry and agricultural history. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, Samsula. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outdoor education pr...

Outdoor education: Spruce Creek Preserve

October 15 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about the importance of estuaries and use a seine net while hiking through the scenic preserve. Meet at 3251 N. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach.  Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outdoor education programs to acquaint residents with the county’s c...

Outdoor education: Maynard May Park paddle

October 20 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about local wildlife and the importance of water quality during this paddle on the Indian River Lagoon. Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Meet at 413 S. Riverside Drive, Edgewater. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outdoor education programs to ac...

Outdoor education: Eco-buggy tour

October 22 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a leisurely ride through the preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Participants will learn about the plants and animals of the wetlands. Meet at the east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, west of New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors ...

Outdoor education: Spruce Creek paddle

October 26 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard for an adventurous paddle through Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. Participants will also explore alligator slides and various types of vegetation. Meet at 2317 Creek Shore Trail, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Div...

Outdoor education: Rail Trail bike-about

October 28 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Bicycle the first segment of the East Central Regional Rail Trail and experience the natural world along the way. Participants will ride the paved trail from Green Springs Park to State Road 415 and back – an 11.4-mile round trip. All ages and abilities are welcome. Bicycle helmets are require...

Stuart Jones
Land Manager
ext. 21270

Camping Reservations:


West Volusia

Daytona Beach
386-257-6000, ext. 15953

New Smyrna Beach
386-423-3300, ext. 15953