Lyonia Preserve is a joint project of Volusia County, the Volusia County School Board, and the State of Florida to provide environmental education to the public and restore and maintain habitat for scrub dependent species, including the threatened scrub jay and gopher tortoise. The preserve, named after the scrub plant rusty lyonia, consists of 360 acres of restored Florida scrub habitat.
The scrub on Lyonia Preserve is an imperiled Florida ecosystem that is found on high sandy ridges and is dominated by short oaks and other low vegetation, numerous open areas of white sand, and very few tall trees. Many of the plants and animals living in the scrub habitat are fully dependent upon these characteristics for their survival and success. This is especially true of the most fascinating resident - the Florida scrub jay.
Three trails loop through the scrub habitat of Lyonia Preserve where plants and animals have adapted industrious and clever means to survive and succeed in harsh conditions. Along these trails, visitors may observe more than 164 species of plants and more than 124 species of animals. Experiencing Florida scrub is a lesson in the intricate web of an ecosystem.
We hope you enjoy your visit in natural Florida!
Volusia County conservation lands are managed using a program of professionally accepted principles of resource and ecosystem management for the benefit of, and enjoyment by, present and future generations.
When you visit Lyonia Preserve, please allow enough time to visit the Lyonia Environmental Center and the Deltona Regional Library. Staff is always willing to provide you more information on environmental and natural resource topics.