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: Longleaf Pine Preserve

October 26 @7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Look for nocturnal animals during this eco-buggy tour through the preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Meet at the east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors Explore Volusia to acquaint residents with the...

Explore Volusia: Indian River Lagoon Park

October 28 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about the importance of estuaries, natural uplands and wetlands during this guided hike. Participants will test the water quality and learn about environmental issues affecting the lagoon. Meet at 700 Sandpiper St., New Smyrna Beach.  Volusia County’s Environmental Manag...

Explore Volusia: Longleaf Pine Preserve

October 29 @9:30 am to 11:00 am
Take an eco-buggy ride through Longleaf Pine Preserve, which includes 12,000 acres of natural communities of flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. In some areas there is an understory of saw palmetto, gallberry and seasonal wildflowers. Staff from the LEC and the county’s Explore Volusia p...

Explore Volusia: Longleaf Pine Preserve

November 3 @8:00 am to 10:00 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 west entrance, 3637 E. New York Ave., DeLand. Volusia County’s Envi...

Explore Volusia: Star tour

November 4 @5:30 pm to 9:30 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. Br...

Explore Volusia: Lyonia Preserve

November 11 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a ride through Lyonia Preserve and learn what makes this endangered Florida scrub habitat such a special place. Participants will see the scrub’s plants and animals, including Lyonia’s most precious resident, the Florida scrub jay. Land management practices and prescribed fire on th...

Explore Volusia: Photograph nature at Lake George

November 12 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Professional photographer Lee Dunkel will offer tips on capturing nature photographs. Bring a camera and meet at 998 Ninemile Point Road, Seville. Learn more about Dunkel at www.leedunkel.com. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outdoor education programs to acquaint...

Explore Volusia: Deep Creek Preserve bike-about

November 15 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Pedal Deep Creek Preserve and learn about the site’s forestry, agricultural history and plant communities. Larger tired bicycles are recommended because the trail is an unpaved road. Helmets are required. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, Samsula. Volusia County’s Environmental Mana...

Explore Volusia: Lake George WMA

November 18 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Explore pine flatwoods, cypress swamps and marsh as you ride in Volusia County’s eco-buggy through the Lake George Wildlife Management Area. The area has the second highest population of bald eagles in the lower 48 states. Meet at 998 Ninemile Point Road, Seville. Volusia County’...

Explore Volusia: Hickory Bluff Preserve

November 21 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Compare habitat characteristics during 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 lands and land ...

Explore Volusia: Blue Spring paddle

November 22 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard for this leisurely paddling trip to Blue Spring State Park. Paddlers will explore the spring while learning about local wildlife and the area’s history. They will also learn about water quality and the importance of Florida’s springs as manate...

Explore Volusia: Green Springs bike-about

November 29 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Experience the natural world as you ride the East Central Regional Rail Trail from Green Springs to State Road 415. 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’s Env...


Katrina Locke
Sustainability & Natural Resources Director

Trey Hannah
Education Coordinator

Becki O'Keefe
Volunteer Coordinator

(386) 736-5927

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