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 or email elm@volusia.org, please be sure to give names of all participants, phone number and email address.

Upcoming events

Outdoor Education: Spruce Creek Preserve

September 3 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about the importance of estuaries while hiking through the scenic preserve. Participants will have an opportunity to use seine nets. Meet at 3251 N. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach.  Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outdoor adventures to acquaint reside...

Outdoor Education: Bike-about on the Rail Trail

September 8 @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...

Outdoor Education: Deep Creek Preserve

September 10 @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 the outdoor adventur...

Outdoor Education: Longleaf Pine Preserve

September 14 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about wetland plants and animals while walking through the preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Meet at the east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, west of New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outdoor adventures to acquaint resident...

Outdoor Education: Bethune Park paddle

September 16 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
View local wildlife and scenic vistas while exploring the waters of the Indian River Lagoon. Participants may encounter manatees and dolphins. Participants must bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddle board along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at Mary McLeod Bethune Park, 6656 S. Atlantic A...

Outdoor Education: Tiger Bay

September 22 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Florida Forest Service foresters will discuss land management and prescribed burns during this riding tour of Tiger Bay State Forest. Call the forest office at 386-226-0250 to make reservations. Meet at 4316 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental Mana...

Outdoor Education: Blue Spring paddle

September 24 @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. Volusia County’s Environmental Ma...

Outdoor Education: Lyonia Preserve

September 26 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Hike the 2.5-mile blue trail and learn about the endangered Florida scrub habitat. Hikers will observe scrub animals and plants and meet Lyonia’s most precious resident, the Florida scrub jay. Land management practices and prescribed fire will be discussed along the way. Meet at Lyonia Preserv...

Outdoor Education: Bike-about in Spruce Creek Preserve

September 29 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Ride a segment of Martin’s Dairy Trail in Spruce Creek Preserve while learning about the local ecosystem. Moderate skill is required due to rough terrain, hills and soft sand. Participants must bring a bicycle and helmet. Turn off Turnbull Bay Road and meet in the dirt parking lot on Martin&rs...


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