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: 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 ...

Explore Volusia: Photograph nature

March 4 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Professional photographer Lee Dunkel will offer tips on photographing nature. Learn about Dunkel at www.leedunkel.com. Bring a camera and meet at Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve, 3251 N. Dixie Highway, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors out...

Explore Volusia: Callalisa Creek paddle

March 7 @9:00 am to 11:30 am
Enjoy a backwater paddle through a maze of mangroves as you navigate oyster beds, learn about mosquito canals, and see a variety of birds. Bring a kayak or canoe, life preserver and whistle for this adventure. Meet at Callalisa Park, 598 S. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s...

Explore Volusia: Lake Woodruff bike-about

March 8 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Ride a dirt path around a segment of the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. Learn about cypress and mixed hardwood swamps while exploring areas of water impoundments where a variety of wildlife can be seen. Participants must have a bicycle and helmet. Meet at the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife...

Explore Volusia: Longleaf lunch and learn

March 15 @11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Take an eco-buggy tour of Longleaf Pine Preserve and learn about the Volusia Conservation Corridor, an expansive north-south pathway that allows wild animals to move through Volusia County and provides humans an opportunity to enjoy Central Florida nature. The guide will provide a history of th...

Explore Volusia: Hontoon Island paddle

March 21 @9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Not for the beginner paddler, this 10-mile paddle leaves from Hontoon Island State Park and loops down Snake Creek and back up the St. Johns River channel. The trip will take five to six hours; participants are encouraged to bring lunch for a picnic stop. Bring a canoe or kayak, life preserver and w...

Explore Volusia: Eco-buggy tour of Longleaf Pine Preserve

March 23 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a leisurely ride through the preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps as you learn about the plants and animals of the wetlands. Meet at the east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors Explore Volusia to a...

Explore Volusia: Talk turkey at Deep Creek Preserve

March 25 @8:00 am to 10:30 am
Naturalist Ed Northey will discuss the habits and vocalizations of Florida’s native subspecies of wild eastern turkey, the Osceola. Participants will learn a myriad of calls, then go on a hike into turkey habitat using these calls to entice a tom to respond. Hikers will also learn and use the ...

Explore Volusia: Gemini Springs bike-about

March 28 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Bike the beautiful area around segments of Lake Monroe and Gemini Springs Park. The ride will be at least six miles long. Bring a bike and helmet. Meet at Gemini Springs Park, 37 Dirksen Drive, DeBary.  Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outdoor education progr...

Explore Volusia: Guided hike of Indian River Lagoon Park

March 29 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Explore the Indian River Lagoon while learning about the importance of estuaries, natural uplands and wetlands. Participants will test the water quality, search for microplastics, and learn about issues the lagoon has encountered. Meet at 700 Sandpiper St., New Smyrna Beach.  Volusia County&...


Katrina Locke
Sustainability & Natural Resources Director

Trey Hannah
Education Coordinator

(386) 736-5927

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