Outdoor learning adventures

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 dress for the weather, wear hiking or walking shoes, bring a camera, drinking water and your sense of adventure. Space is limited, registration is required.

For more information or to register for a class, contact the Volusia County Environmental Management at 386-736-5927.

Upcoming events

Star tour of the night sky

April 25 @7:00 pm to 8:00 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...

Bike-about Heart Island

April 29 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Observe the flatwoods and creek shores of the Heart Island Conservation Area during a six-mile bike ride along a hard-packed shell and dirt road. Meet at 1999 U.S. Highway 17, Pierson. To register, contact Environmental Management at 386-736-5927 or elm@volusia.org. Bring water and insect spray. W...

Guided hike of Hickory Bluff Preserve

May 3 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Walk the shoreline of a natural section of the St. Johns River and experience diverse Florida habitats including pine flatwoods, oak hammock, cypress dome and swamp. Meet at Hickory Bluff Preserve, 598 Guide Road, Osteen. Registration is requested and may be made by contacting Volusia County’...

Guided hike of Heart Island

May 8 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a guided hike through a section of Heart Island Conservation Area, which is co-owned by the St. Johns River Water Management District and Volusia County. Explore this sandhill plant community and learn about the area’s agricultural history and restoration. Meet at 6348 Lake Winona Road, D...

Jay Watch volunteer training

May 10 @8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division will conduct Jay Watch volunteer training from 8 a.m. to noon May 10 at Lyonia Preserve, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Volunteers will learn about the Florida scrub jay and be trained to record information about them from June 15 through July 1...


May 15 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Bicycle the first segment of the East Central Florida Regional Rail Trail and learn about the Floridan aquifer and Green Spring. Participants will ride the paved trail from Green Springs Park to State Road 415 and back – an 11-mile round trip. All ages and abilities are welcome. Bicycle helmet...

Lake Ashby paddle

May 21 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Bring your canoe or kayak for a leisurely paddling trip from Lake Ashby to Wiregrass Prairie Preserve. The guide will explain how land management is important for the lake’s water quality. Meet at the Lake Ashby Road boat ramp, Samsula. Life jacket and whistle are required. Registration is ...

Eco-buggy tour of Longleaf Pine Preserve

May 22 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Experience pine flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps on a riding tour with exploratory stops to discuss wetlands and their importance in natural habitats. Meet at the preserve’s east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, Samsula. Registration is requested and may be made by contacting Volusia County&r...

Eco-buggy tour of Deep Creek Preserve

May 29 @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 964 S. State Road 415, Samsula. Registration is requested and may be made by contacting Volusia County’s Environmenta...

Reading skulls and bones

May 31 @9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Naturalist Gregg Thompson will explain how to read skull characteristics to determine the type of animal. He’ll share his extensive skull collection and identify participants’ skull and bone specimens. Afterward, he’ll lead a hike to look for evidence of wildlife. Meet at Deep Cree...

Randall Sleister
Program Manager
ext. 12092

Stuart Jones
Land Manager
ext. 21270

Bonnie Cary
ext. 21263

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