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
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
Ponce Inlet, FL
Lyonia Environmental Center
2150 Eustace Ave.
Deltona, FL 32725
Volusia County Environmental
123 West Indiana Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...