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: Snorkel and swim

July 7 @10:45 am to 12:45 pm
Experience the wonders of the underwater ecosystem and various marine species while snorkeling the high slack tide near Ponce Inlet. Participants must bring their own snorkeling gear and be able to swim. Those under age 18 must wear a personal flotation device and be accompanied by an adult guardian...

Explore Volusia: Hickory Bluff Preserve paddle

July 12 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about the Florida manatee and the area’s biodiversity during this leisurely paddling trip on the St. Johns River. Participants must bring a whistle, personal flotation device and a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard. Meet at Hickory Bluff Preserve, 598 Guise Road, Osteen. Volusi...

Explore Volusia: Martins Dairy Trail bike-about

July 13 @3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Ride a trail in the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve while learning about the local ecosystem. Moderate skill and mountain bikes are preferred due to rough terrain, hills and soft sand. Helmets are required. Turn north off Turnbull Bay Road, just off of Pioneer Trail. Meet in the dirt parking lot ...

Explore Volusia: Guided hike of Spruce Creek Preserve

July 14 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Discover the importance of estuaries while hiking through the scenic Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. Participants can try their hand at seine netting. Fish, bird and plant identification will be the focus of this adventure. Wear closed-toe shoes. Meet at 3251 N. Dixie Highway, New Smyrna Beach. ...

Explore Volusia: Guided hike of Scrub Oak Preserve

July 16 @8:00 am to 10:00 am
Learn about land management practices and the importance of scrub habitat, water recharge zones and keystone species while hiking through this conservation area. Meet at 1495 McGregor Road, DeLand. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors Explore Volusia to acquaint resid...

Explore Volusia: Snorkel and swim

July 20 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Experience the wonders of the underwater ecosystem and various marine species while snorkeling the high slack tide in Ponce Inlet. Participants must bring their own snorkeling gear and be able to swim. Those under age 18 must wear a personal flotation device and be accompanied by an adult guardian. ...

Explore Volusia: Lake Beresford bike-about

July 22 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Uncover facts about the local environment and the importance of springs on this bicycling tour of Lake Beresford Park. Participants will ride a segment of the Spring-to-Spring Trail. The emphasis will be on the connectivity of local waters. Meet at 2100 Fatio Road, DeLand.  Volusia County&rs...


Katrina Locke
Sustainability & Natural Resources Director

Trey Hannah
Education Coordinator

Becki O'Keefe
Volunteer Coordinator

(386) 736-5927

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