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.


Marine Science Center                                    
100 Lighthouse Drive                                                    
Ponce Inlet, FL 32127                                                 

Lyonia Environmental Center
2150 Eustace Ave.
Deltona, FL 32725     

Volusia County Environmental
123 West Indiana Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720

Upcoming events

Explore Volusia: Smyrna Dunes Park

August 30 @9:00 am to 11:30 am
Learn about the wonders of dune and estuarine systems at Smyrna Dunes Park. The guides will also share information about sea turtles. Meet at 2995 N. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach. Registered participants will receive a parking pass. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division spo...

Explore Volusia: Snorkel and swim

August 31 @8:00 am to 10:00 am
Explore the underwater ecosystem and learn about various marine species while snorkeling the high slack tide near Ponce Inlet. Participants must be able to swim and have their own snorkeling gear. Water shoes or dive boots are required. Those under 18 must wear a personal flotation device and be acc...

Explore Volusia: Night paddle of Indian River Lagoon

September 7 @7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Observe a variety of organisms and witness the beauty of bioluminescence – the emission of light produced by a chemical reaction within living organisms. This program is designed for skilled paddlers. Bring a canoe or kayak, life preserver, whistle, and an electric torch or lantern with a whit...

Explore Volusia: Deep Creek Preserve

September 9 @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 forestry, agricultural history and plant communities. Meet at the preserve, 964 S. State Road 415, Samsula. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outdoor e...

Explore Volusia: Wiregrass Prairie Preserve

September 13 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Walk through the 1,400-acre preserve, which is almost entirely in the St. Johns River Valley. Explore upland and wetland natural communities that include wet flatwoods, cypress domes and wet prairies. Learn about land management practices while hiking through diverse ecotones. Meet at the prese...

Explore Volusia: Longleaf Pine Preserve

September 21 @8:00 am to 10:00 am
Get an early start on this walk through flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Participants will learn about the connections between soils and the plant and animal communities of the wetlands. Meet at the preserve’s west entrance, 3637 E. New York Ave, DeLand. Volusia County’s Environme...

Explore Volusia: Bethune Park paddle

September 23 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard for a leisurely paddling trip on the Indian River Lagoon. Participants may see manatees and dolphins as they view local wildlife and scenery. A life preserver and whistle are required. Meet at Mary McLeod Bethune Park, 6656 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Be...

Explore Volusia: Heart Island

September 27 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take an eco-buggy ride through Heart Island Conservation Area, part of the 35,280-acre Lake George Wildlife Management Area. Natural communities include basin swamps, floodplain swamps, basin marshes, baygalls, blackwater streams, hydric hammocks, mesic flatwoods and scrub. A land management sp...

Explore Volusia: Lake Beresford Park

September 29 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Ride the Lake Beresford Park trail and a segment of the Spring-to-Spring Trail. Participants will learn about the local environment and the importance of springs with an emphasis on the connectivity of local waters. Meet at Lake Beresford Park, 2100 Fatio Road, DeLand.  Volusia County’...


Katrina Locke
Sustainability & Natural Resources Director

Trey Hannah
Education Coordinator

Becki O'Keefe
Volunteer Coordinator

(386) 736-5927

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