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: Heart Island

September 27 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take an eco-buggy ride through Heart Island Conservation Area, part of the 35,280-acre Lake George Wildlife Management Area. Natural communities include basin swamps, floodplain swamps, basin marshes, baygalls, blackwater streams, hydric hammocks, mesic flatwoods and scrub. A land management sp...

Explore Volusia: Lake Beresford Park

September 29 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Ride the Lake Beresford Park trail and a segment of the Spring-to-Spring Trail. Participants will learn about the local environment and the importance of springs with an emphasis on the connectivity of local waters. Meet at Lake Beresford Park, 2100 Fatio Road, DeLand.  Volusia County’...

Explore Volusia: Indian River Lagoon

October 5 @7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Witness the beauty of bioluminescence (the emission of light produced by a chemical reaction within living organisms) and observe a variety of organisms. This program is designed for skilled paddlers. Bring a life preserver, whistle, and an electric torch or lantern with a white light. Meet at Me...

Explore Volusia: Wiregrass Prairie Preserve

October 7 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Walk through the 1,400-acre preserve, which is almost entirely in the St. Johns River Valley. Learn about land management practices while hiking through diverse ecotones. Explore upland and wetland natural communities that include wet flatwoods, cypress domes and wet prairies. Meet at the pr...

Explore Volusia: Edgewater bike-about

October 10 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Ride the paved path from Cow Creek Road to Rotary Park and back. During this leisurely ride, participants will learn about the habitats they pass and the organisms that live in them. Bring a bicycle and helmet. Meet in the parking lot on Cow Creek Road, one-quarter mile east of I-95 and one-quarter ...

Explore Volusia: DeLeon Springs paddle

October 14 @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 scenery. Meet inside DeLeon Springs State Park, 601 Ponce de Leon Blvd., DeLeon Springs. There is a fee to enter the park. Participants may rent kayaks from the park. Volusia County’s E...

Explore Volusia: Hontoon Island paddle

October 18 @9:00 am to 2:00 pm
This 10-mile adventure for experienced paddlers 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 pack a lunch for a picnic stop. Bring a canoe or kayak, life preserver and wh...

Explore Volusia: Gemini Springs bike-about

October 20 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Bicycle the scenic area around Gemini Springs Park and small segments of Lake Monroe. All ages and abilities are welcome for this six-mile trip. Bring a bicycle and helmet. Meet at Gemini Springs Park, 37 Dirksen Drive, DeBary.  Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponso...

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...

      

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