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

Guided hike of Heart Island

November 11 @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...

Guided hike of Longleaf Pine Preserve

November 18 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Observe the preserve’s plants and animals during a six-mile hike. Meet at the west entrance, 3637 E. New York Ave., DeLand. Registration is requested and may be made by contacting Volusia County’s Environmental Management office at 386-736-5927 or elm@volusia.org.   Parti...

Lake Ashby paddle

November 21 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Bring a canoe or kayak for a leisurely paddling trip from Lake Ashby to Wiregrass Prairie Preserve. Paddlers will observe the preserve’s plants and animals from their boats, and the guide will explain how land management is important for the lake’s water quality. Meet at the Lake Ashb...

Bike-about on the Rail Trail

November 26 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Ride 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...


Randall Sleister
Program Manager
ext. 12092

Stuart Jones
Land Manager
ext. 21270

Bonnie Cary
ext. 21263

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