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: Spruce Creek paddle

August 16 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard for a leisurely paddling trip down Spruce Creek. The guides will discuss the biodiversity of estuary and marsh ecosystems. Participants must have life preserver and whistle. Meet at 2317 Creek Shore Trail, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Envir...

Explore Volusia: Guided hike of Spruce Creek Preserve

August 20 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Environmental specialists will lead a hike through parts of scenic Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. The group will seine net in Rose Bay and identify fish, bird and plant species. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, water shoes or rubber boots. Meet at 3251 N. Dixie Highway, New Smyrna Beach. R...

LEC - Seine netting

August 20 @9:30 am to 11:00 am
Estuaries are home to unique plant and animal communities that have adapted to brackish waters. LEC and Explore Volusia staff will guide you on a hike through parts of beautiful Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. Fish, bird, and plant species identification will be part of the focus of th...

Explore Volusia: Rail Trail bike-about

August 23 @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’s...

Back-to-School Brain Break

August 27 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Join LEC staff on a classroom exploration of fun activities to help beat those back-to-school blues. Make homemade play dough, homemade fossils and other creations to take home. The fee for this fun and interactive program is $3 per participant.    Meet at Lyonia Environmental...

Explore Volusia: Guided hike of Hickory Bluff Preserve

August 30 @9:00 am to 11:30 am
Learn about the wonders of dune and estuarine systems. The guides will also share information about sea turtles. Meet at 2995 N. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach. Registered participants will receive a parking pass. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outdoor educati...

Explore Volusia: Snorkel and swim

August 31 @8:00 am to 10:00 am
Explore the underwater ecosystem and learn about various marine species while snorkeling the high slack tide near Ponce Inlet. Participants must be able to swim and have their own snorkeling gear. Water shoes or dive boots are required. Those under 18 must wear a personal flotation device and be acc...


Katrina Locke
Sustainability & Natural Resources Director

Trey Hannah
Education Coordinator

Becki O'Keefe
Volunteer Coordinator

(386) 736-5927

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