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 Pine Preserve

May 26 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Walk through swampland while investigating the waters with dip nets. Participants will learn about common freshwater invertebrates and the importance of swampland and water quality. Wear old clothing and waders or water boots. Meet at the preserve’s east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrn...

Explore Volusia: Longleaf lunch and learn

June 1 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Pack a picnic lunch and ride the eco-buggy with bird expert Michael Brothers, who will point out the area’s native species. Meet at the preserve’s west entrance, 3637 E. New York Ave., DeLand. Participants must walk one-tenth of a mile to load onto the eco-buggy. If you are unable to wal...

Explore Volusia: Bike-about Green Springs

June 6 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Experience natural Florida as you ride 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 994 Enterprise-Osteen Road, Enterprise.  Volusia County’s Environment...

Explore Volusia: Guided hike of Hickory Bluff Preserve

June 10 @8:00 am to 10:00 am
Explore nature and compare habitat characteristics on an 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 ...

Explore Volusia: Bethune Park paddle

June 14 @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 discover manatees and dolphins as they view local wildlife and scenery. Life preservers and whistles are required. Meet at Mary McLeod Bethune Park, 6656 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyr...

Explore Volusia: Seine netting in Spruce Creek Park

June 15 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Participants will use a 70-foot basket seine net to observe local organisms. An environmental specialist will describe microplastics, the harm they are causing in the environment and ways to reduce their impact. Meet at 6250 S. Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange.  Volusia County’s Environment...

Explore Volusia: Bike-about Deep Creek Preserve

June 18 @8:00 am to 10:00 am
Take a ride around Volusia County’s newest conservation land and learn about the 8,000-acre site’s forestry, agricultural history and plant communities. Large-tired bikes are recommended. Helmets are required. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, Samsula. Volusia County’s Environmenta...

Explore Volusia: Guided hike of Longleaf Pine Preserve

June 22 @7:00 am to 9:00 am
Get an early start on 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 preserve’s west entrance, 3637 E. New York Ave, DeLand. Volusia Cou...

Explore Volusia: Blue Spring paddle

June 23 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Explore the spring’s crystal clear waters during this paddling trip to Blue Spring State Park. Participants will learn about local wildlife, the area’s history, water quality and the importance of Florida’s springs. Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Life preservers and ...

      

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

Trey Hannah
Education Coordinator
thannah@volusia.org

Becki O'Keefe
Volunteer Coordinator
bokeefe@volusia.org

Reservations:
(386) 736-5927

Toll free landlines
when calling from:

West Volusia
386-736-5927

Daytona Beach
386-254-4612

New Smyrna Beach
386-423-3303