Lyonia Environmental Center

The Lyonia Environmental Center (LEC) provides visitors with a unique insight into Volusia County’s fragile ecosystems. The center promotes an understanding of the county’s natural environment, the heritage it sustains, and the challenges it faces.

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Features

The Lyonia Environmental Center occupies 4,000 square feet of the Deltona Regional Library complex. The LEC includes:

  • Hands-on displays and innovative computer-based learning modules that showcase the incredible environment around us and the role each person can play in conservation
  • Dr. Alice E. Cross Environmental Classrooms
  • Exhibition space
  • A nature-based gift shop

 

  • An outdoor amphitheater next to the library offers a space for community gatherings and educational instruction.
  • Educational programs are offered in the classrooms and at the Lyonia Preserve. Learning has never been so much fun!

It's easy being green!
In keeping with Volusia County’s commitment to the environment, the Deltona Regional Library, Lyonia Environmental Center and Deltona Amphitheater were built using green building standards and practices. Click here to learn more about the complex's green elements.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER!
Volunteers are needed to assist with educational programs, guided hikes, and staff special events. Other volunteer opportunities include developing program content, creating educational materials, and participating in outreach programs. Click here to complete a Volunteer Application today.
 

Be sure to check the LEC as one of your fields of interest!

Hours of operation
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday
1 to 5 p.m. Sunday

More information
For additional information, please contact Sandy Falcon at sfalcon@volusia.org or 386-789-7207, ext. 21025.

We look forward to seeing you at the LEC!

Upcoming events

LEC - 'This makes sense' hike

October 2 @2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Take a trek through Lyonia Preserve with LEC staff and use your five senses to learn about scrub habitat.  Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. ...

Scrub stroll

October 3 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested ...

Scrub stroll

October 7 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and m...

LEC - 'Let's hit the trails' hike

October 8 @9:30 am to 10:30 am
Search for the plants and animals that live in Lyonia Preserve’s scrub habitat during this guided hike.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  ...

LEC - Only in Florida

October 8 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Join nature photographer Paul Rebmann for this classroom exploration of Florida’s endemic plants and animals. Endemic species exist only in a particular geographic area. Rebmann will describe Volusia County's Rugel's false pawpaw, Curtiss' milkweed, the Florida scrub jay and other species. ...

Kid connection: Sargassum

October 9 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Children ages 5 to 13 can learn about sargassum, a brown seaweed that drifts offshore and sometimes washes up on Volusia County’s beaches. These “floating islands” provide shelter and food for baby sea turtles and juvenile fish. Kids can learn about the creatures that depend on sea...

Scrub stroll

October 10 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and ...

LEC - Creature feature

October 12 @11:00 am to 11:30 am
LEC staff will share interesting facts about the Eastern diamondback, a venomous reptile that lives in Central Florida. Attendees will earn about the snake, its habitat, common behaviors, and the important role it plays in our ecosystem. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 ...

Scrub stroll

October 14 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested ...

LEC - 'Creepy, crawly creatures' hike

October 15 @9:00 am to 10:30 am
Join LEC staff on an exploratory hike to discover arthropod and insect species in Lyonia Preserve. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. ...

LEC - Water issues in the Third World

October 15 @10:00 am to 11:30 am
Dr. Paul M. Lane, a professor and director of the Applied Global Innovation Initiative at Michigan’s Grand Valley State University, will discuss water challenges in Latin America, particularly in Nicaragua. Topics will include contamination, rainfall runoff, and what happens when the water run...

LEC - Art in nature

October 15 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Incorporating nature and the outdoors, LEC staff will guide participants through the steps to make pinecone apples, nature collages and other creations. This interactive program is recommended for children ages 7 and up. Supplies are limited to 20 program participants; advance registration is r...

LEC - Go green for Halloween

October 16 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pick up some tips to reduce, repurpose and recycle your holiday candy. Other creative ideas will be discussed.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. ...

Scrub stroll

October 17 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested ...

Scrub stroll

October 21 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested ...

LEC - Picnic in the Preserve

October 22 @11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Bring the family and a picnic lunch to Lyonia Preserve, where LEC staff will discuss the importance of scrub habitat, the threatened and endangered species that live there, and the ancient beach it once was.  Lyonia Environmental Center is part of the Deltona Regional Library complex at 2150...

LEC - Un-nature hike

October 22 @2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Test your observation skills as you look for man-made objects hidden on the trail. Staff will explain the importance of scrub habitat along the way.   Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, which is part of the Deltona Regional Library complex at 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.  Reser...

LEC - Re-purposed pumpkins

October 23 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Pumpkins are great for more than carving. They’re high in vitamins and minerals, but low in calories. Learn about their health benefits and ways they can be re-purposed after Halloween. Participants will make no-bake pumpkin pie in a bag.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150...

Scrub stroll

October 24 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested ...

Scrub stroll

October 28 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may b...

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...

LEC - 'Autumn by the wetland' hike

October 29 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join LEC staff for this several-mile hike to Lyonia Preserve’s large ephemeral wetland. The group will look for signs of fall as staff explains which plant and animal species depend on the intermittent body of water. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona....

LEC - Popcorn and a movie

October 30 @2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Watch “Wings of Life” and discover the world of butterflies, hummingbirds, bees and bats. These incredible and increasingly threatened creatures play a vital role in helping to supply a third of the world’s food. Free popcorn will be served. Candy, chips and bottled water will be a...

Scrub stroll

October 31 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may b...

Scrub stroll

November 4 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may b...

Scrub stroll

November 7 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may b...

Scrub stroll

November 11 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may b...

Lyonia Environmental Center
2150 Eustace Ave.
Deltona, FL 32725

Phone: 386-789-7207

For additional information, please contact:
Sandy Falcon
sfalcon@volusia.org
Ext. 21025

Volunteers contact:
Rachel Bartlett
rbartlett@volusia.org
Ext. 21023