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

CANCELED: St. Johns River paddle

October 3 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Paddlers will set out from Lemon Bluff Boat Ramp, 907 Lemon Bluff Road, Osteen. They’ll take a leisurely paddle on the St. Johns River and observe shoreline plants and animals along the way. Bring a kayak or canoe. Life jackets and whistles are required. Registration is requested and may be...

Guided hike of Wiregrass Prairie Preserve

October 11 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a three-mile guided hike and learn about the plants and animals that live in the preserve. Meet at 1751 Lopez Road, Osteen. Registration is requested and may be made by contacting Volusia County’s Environmental Management office at 386-736-5927 or elm@volusia.org.   Partic...

Star tour of the night sky

October 17 @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. Using their eyes and telescopes, participants will view constellations, bright stars, planets, star clusters, Messier objects and maybe a comet. Bring a folding chair,...

Eco-buggy tour of Longleaf Pine Preserve

October 28 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Experience pine flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps on this riding tour. The group will make exploratory stops to learn about wetlands and their importance in natural habitats. Meet at 431 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach. Registration is requested and may be made by contacting Volusia County&rsqu...


Randall Sleister
Program Manager
ext. 12092

Stuart Jones
Land Manager
ext. 21270

Bonnie Cary
ext. 21263

Toll free landlines
when calling from):

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Daytona Beach

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