Explore Volusia

Mission statement: To provide education opportunities to residents and visitors of Volusia County, through our satellite facilities and on our Conservation Lands, to learn about our diverse local natural surroundings through the exploration of the wonderfully diverse habitats of Volusia County.

Conservation Lands Programs

School Programs

Printed Materials / Brochures

Other Opportunities / Information

Volusia County is home to a vast array of biodiversity and aesthetically pleasing habitats. Its water resources range from our beautiful Ocean to Estuarine Marine life, and extend to the St. Johns River where fresh water pours out of natural springs. Inland, Volusia County has conservation lands which are part of a statewide effort to provide a wildlife corridor and natural habitat where bear, deer and other wildlife live and thrive in the wild.

By visiting our two site facilities, the Marine Science Center (Ponce Inlet) and Lyonia Environmental Center (Deltona), visitors will be afforded the opportunity to truly Experience Natural Volusia while learning from knowledgeable staff members and volunteers. In addition, citizens will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of Florida, its habitats, and the uniqueness of its qualities through the exploration of our conservation lands. Various programs such as water body paddles, bike hikes, and Water Testing will be offered throughout the year.

We encourage everyone to explore the exceptional habitats that encompass Volusia County. Please keep checking the calendar and websites for exciting and adventurous programs on Volusia County’s Conservation Lands, the Marine Science Center, and the Lyonia Environmental Center.

We have created a course catalog that lists all of the educational program offerings within Environmental Management.  There is also a list of brochures and fact sheets for a variety of plants, animals and subjects that is available for the public to download. We plan to develop additional multi-media materials to broaden our ability to educate our residents and visitors.

If you see a course of interest please contact Environmental Management at 386-736-5927 for more information.

If you would like to be put on our mailing list for announcements of scheduled classes throughout Environmental Management, including the MSC, LEC and Conservation Lands, please click here and leave your email address.

Locations

Marine Science Center                                    
100 Lighthouse Drive                                                    
Ponce Inlet, FL 32127                                                 
386-304-5545                                                                       

Lyonia Environmental Center
2150 Eustace Ave.
Deltona, FL 32725     
386-789-7207  

Volusia County Environmental
123 West Indiana Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
386-736-5927

Upcoming events

Explore Volusia: Eco-buggy tour of Longleaf Pine Preserve

March 23 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a leisurely ride through the preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps as you learn about the plants and animals of the wetlands. Meet at the east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors Explore Volusia to a...

Explore Volusia: Talk turkey at Deep Creek Preserve

March 25 @8:00 am to 10:30 am
Naturalist Ed Northey will discuss the habits and vocalizations of Florida’s native subspecies of wild eastern turkey, the Osceola. Participants will learn a myriad of calls, then go on a hike into turkey habitat using these calls to entice a tom to respond. Hikers will also learn and use the ...

Explore Volusia: Gemini Springs bike-about

March 28 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Bike the beautiful area around segments of Lake Monroe and Gemini Springs Park. The ride will be at least six miles long. Bring a bike and helmet. Meet at Gemini Springs Park, 37 Dirksen Drive, DeBary.  Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outdoor education progr...

Explore Volusia: Guided hike of Indian River Lagoon Park

March 29 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Explore the Indian River Lagoon while learning about the importance of estuaries, natural uplands and wetlands. Participants will test the water quality, search for microplastics, and learn about issues the lagoon has encountered. Meet at 700 Sandpiper St., New Smyrna Beach.  Volusia County&...

Explore Volusia: Callalisa Creek paddle

April 4 @9:00 am to 11:30 am
Enjoy a backwater paddle through a maze of mangroves. Participants will navigate oyster beds, learn about mosquito canals, and look for birds. Bring a life preserver, whistle, and a kayak or canoe. Meet at 598 S. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Di...

Explore Volusia: Maynard May Park

April 7 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Paddle across the channel at Maynard May Park to explore a local island. Participants will seine net and hike to discover the wonders of the estuary. Bring a life preserver; whistle; closed-toe water shoes; and a stand-up paddleboard, canoe or kayak. Meet at 413 S Riverside Drive, Edgewater. Volu...

Explore Volusia: Green Springs bike-about

April 11 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Ride the East Central Regional Rail Trail from Green Springs Park to State Road 415 and back. All ages and abilities are welcome on this 11.4-mile round trip. Bicycle helmets are required. Meet at Green Springs Park, 994 Enterprise-Osteen Road, Enterprise. Volusia County’s Environmental Man...

Explore Volusia: Hickory Bluff Preserve

April 12 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Compare habitat characteristics on this upland and swamp hike of the St. Johns River watershed. Meet at 598 Guise Road, Osteen. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outdoor education programs to acquaint residents with the county’s conservation lands and land ma...

Explore Volusia: Wiregrass Prairie Preserve

April 18 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a ride through the 1,400-acre preserve, which is almost entirely in the St. Johns River valley. Explore upland and wetland natural communities, including wet flatwoods, cypress domes and wet prairies. Learn about land management practices while riding through the diverse ecotones of the land. M...

Explore Volusia: Palm Bluff Conservation Area

April 21 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Hike through the Palm Bluff Conservation Area and explore distinct natural plant communities. The group may see a variety of birds, including bluebirds, brown-headed nuthatches, turkeys, wading birds and raptors. Meet in Samsula at the parking area on the east side County Road 415, 9.5 miles south o...

St. Johns River Cleanup

April 22 @8:00 am to 11:00 am
Volunteers are needed for the 21st annual St. Johns River Cleanup, which will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22.  Boaters, scouts, civic organizations, environmental groups, businesses and individual volunteers are encouraged to join in the effort to remove trash and de...

Explore Volusia: Edgewater bike-about

April 26 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Ride the paved path from Cow Creek Road to Rotary Park and back. During this leisurely ride, participants will learn about different habitats and the organisms that live within them. Bicycle helmets are required. Meet at the parking lot on Cow Creek Road one-quarter mile south of State Road 442. Cow...

Explore Volusia: Eco-buggy tour of Deep Creek Preserve

April 28 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a riding tour of this 8,000-acre natural and agricultural land to learn about important plant communities. Participants may see Volusia County’s endemic paw paw in bloom, carnivorous plants and Sherman’s fox squirrels. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia Coun...

Explore Volusia: 'Bee informed' at Deep Creek Preserve

April 29 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn the basics of beekeeping from local Master Beekeeper Marlin Athearn. He will explain the importance of bees; offer tips for setting up your own apiary; and discuss equipment, pollination, habitats and common issues that may arise. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia Cou...

      

Katrina Locke
Sustainability & Natural Resources Director
klocke@volusia.org

Trey Hannah
Education Coordinator
thannah@volusia.org

Reservations:
(386) 736-5927

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New Smyrna Beach
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