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: Longleaf lunch and learn

January 24 @11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Pack a picnic lunch and ride the eco-buggy through Longleaf Pine Preserve. An environmental specialist will explain the connection between this inland preserve and Volusia County’s marine mammals, including manatees and dolphins. Meet at the preserve’s west entrance, 3637 E. New York Ave...

Explore Volusia: Fish and learn at Highbridge Park

January 26 @7:30 am to 10:00 am
Bring your fishing gear to Highbridge Park, 39 Highbridge Road, Ormond Beach. Participants will learn about restoration efforts along the Tomoka River and strategies for restoring mangroves, oysters and salt marsh. Ethical angling and the importance of these habitats will also be discussed. A Florid...

Explore Volusia: Longleaf bike-about

January 28 @7:30 am to 10:00 am
Take a leisurely ride through Longleaf Pine Preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Participants will learn about the plants and animals of the wetlands. Wide-tired bikes are required. Meet at the east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmen...

Explore Volusia: Guided hike of Smyrna Dunes

January 31 @9:00 am to 11:30 am
Explore Smyrna Dunes Park with naturalists to learn about the wonders of the dune systems and importance of mollusks. The guides will also share information about sea turtles and estuaries. Meet at 2995 N. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach.  Volusia County’s Environmental Management Div...

Explore Volusia: Longleaf Pine Preserve

February 2 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
An environmental specialist will lead this walk through the preserve’s 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 west entrance, 3637 E. New York Ave, DeLand. Volusia Coun...

Explore Volusia: Sky tour

February 3 @5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Explore the night sky with retired astronomy teacher Dr. Hugh Ward at Wiregrass Prairie Preserve, 1751 Lopez Road, Osteen. Dr. Ward will comment on the visible planets and other celestial objects as participants observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars, which will be provided. Bring a...

Explore Volusia: Nature photography

February 4 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Professional photographer Lee Dunkel will offer tips on taking great nature photos during this short hike into Deep Creek Preserve, 964 S. State Road 415, Samsula. Bring a camera. Learn about Dunkel at www.leedunkel.com.  Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outd...

Explore Volusia: Green Springs bike-about

February 6 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Experience nature while riding the East Central Regional Rail Trail from Green Springs Park to State Road 415 and back. All ages 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&rsq...

Explore Volusia: Longleaf lunch and learn

February 10 @11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Ride the eco-buggy through the preserve, enjoy the scenery, and learn about the importance of its lands. The eco-buggy will stop at the pavilion, where participants may eat lunch and learn about the connection between Volusia County’s sustainability action plan and the conservation lands. Brin...

Explore Volusia: Spruce Creek paddle

February 16 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard for a leisurely paddling trip down Spruce Creek. Learn about estuary and marsh ecosystems and the biodiversity of these important habitats. A life preserver and whistle are required. Meet at Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve, 2317 Creek Shore Trail, New ...

Wildlife Festival

February 18 @10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Take a walk on the wild side as Lyonia Environmental Center (LEC) presents the second annual Wildlife Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. The festival will feature Florida wildlife presentations, environmental displays, and guided tours of Lyonia Preserve. The 360-acre p...

Explore Volusia: Spruce Creek bike-about

February 21 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Ride a segment of Martin Dairy Trails in Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve while learning about the local ecosystem. Moderate skill is preferred due to rough terrain, hills and soft sand. Bicycle and helmets are required. Meet in the dirt parking lot on Martin Dairy Road, New Smyrna Beach. Volus...

Explore Volusia: Wiregrass Prairie Preserve

February 22 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a ride through the 1,400-acre Wiregrass Prairie Preserve, which is situated 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 the diverse ec...

Explore Volusia: Riverbreeze Park padde

February 28 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard for a leisurely paddling trip to view local wildlife and beautiful scenery. Leaving from Riverbreeze Park, paddlers may encounter manatees and dolphins while exploring the waters of the Indian River Lagoon. A life preserver and whistle are required. Meet ...

      

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

Trey Hannah
Education Coordinator
thannah@volusia.org

Reservations:
(386) 736-5927

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