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: Edgewater bike-about

December 6 @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 the habitats they pass and the organisms that live in them. Bring a bicycle and helmet. Meet in the parking lot on Cow Creek Road, one-quarter mile east of I-95 and one-quarter ...

Explore Volusia: Guided hike of Scrub Oak Preserve

December 14 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about the importance of scrub habitat, water recharge zones and keystone species during this one-mile hike. Participants will get an up-close look at land management practices in the conservation area. Meet at 1495 McGregor Road, DeLand. Volusia County’s Environmental Management D...

Explore Volusia: Hickory Bluff Preserve paddle

December 15 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Bring a whistle and life preserver along with a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard for this leisurely paddling trip on the St. Johns River. Participants will learn about manatees and the area’s biodiversity as they explore ecosystems. Meet at 598 Guise Road, Osteen. Volusia County’s...

Explore Volusia: Ethnobotany hike

December 16 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Explorers will learn about edible and medicinal native plants. Florida has an incredibly diverse flora and a rich history of plant usage, making it a treasure trove for ethnobotanists, who study how humans have used plants throughout history. Meet at Spruce Creek Park, 6250 S. Ridgewood Ave., Port O...

Explore Volusia: Bike-about at Spruce Creek Preserve

December 20 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Ride a segment of off-road trail at Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve on Martin Dairy Road while learning about the local ecosystem. Moderate skill is preferred due to rough terrain, hills and soft sand. Bring a mountain bicycle and helmet. Meet in the dirt parking lot on Martin Dairy Road, New Smy...

Explore Volusia: Eco-buggy tour of Deep Creek Preserve

December 28 @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 Deep Creek Preserve, 964 S. State Road 415, Samsula. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors Ex...


Katrina Locke
Sustainability & Natural Resources Director

Trey Hannah
Education Coordinator

(386) 736-5927

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