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 Hickory Bluff Preserve

September 3 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Explore the jewel of Volusia County’s conservation lands. 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 Guise Road, Osteen.   Regis...

Guided hike of Heart Island

September 9 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
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, DeLeon Springs....

Bike-about on the Rail Trail

September 18 @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-mile round trip. All ages and abilities are welcome. Bicycle helmets are required. Me...

Guided hike of Lyonia Preserve

September 19 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about the endangered Florida scrub habitat and what makes it such a special place. Hikers will see scrub plants and animals and meet Lyonia’s most precious resident, the Florida scrub jay. Land management practices and prescribed fires will also be discussed. Participants can tour Lyonia...

Guided hike of Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve

September 26 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Hike a beautiful one-mile trail through hardwood hammock and scrub. Meet at 2317 Creek Shore Trail, New Smyrna Beach.  Registration is requested and may be made by contacting Volusia County’s Environmental Management office at 386-736-5927 or elm@volusia.org.   Participants ar...


Randall Sleister
Program Manager
ext. 12092

Stuart Jones
Land Manager
ext. 21270

Bonnie Cary
ext. 21263

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