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 visiting scientist's workroom
  • 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.

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

Scrub stroll

April 24 @10:00 am to 11:00 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...

Tiny trekkers

April 25 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can listen to “Planting a Rainbow,” take a short hike, and make a take-home craft. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.  This free program is sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center. Reser...

African violets

April 25 @10:30 am to 11:30 am
African violet experts will offer tips on growing this beautiful, indoor-loving, low-maintenance flowering plant at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. They will also explain how to create new plants from leaves and how to deal with pests and diseases. A...

Milkweed mania

April 26 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Learn how the survival of the monarch butterfly is dependent on this flowering plant during a free program at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Make a milkweed seedling pot to take home and plant to help this species survive. Participants will be entered into a drawing to...

Scrub stroll

April 27 @10:00 am to 11:00 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

May 1 @10:00 am to 11:00 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...

Popcorn, movie and a craft

May 3 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom for a free showing of “Butterfly & Moth,” which takes a flight of fancy with nature’s most beguiling creatures. See their transformation from caterpillar to airborne adult and learn why these delicate insects have long inspired a...

Scrub stroll

May 4 @10:00 am to 11:00 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

May 8 @10:00 am to 11:00 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...

'April showers bring May flowers' hike

May 9 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Spring has arrived, and pollination is in action within Lyonia Preserve. Bring your family to Lyonia Environmental Center, where we'll begin an exploratory hike to see what flowers are in bloom this time of year. Please bring water, wear closed-toe shoes, and be prepared to hike on unpaved...

Mother's Day crafts

May 9 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Do snakes have eyelids? How are lizards able to change colors? What is a skink? Learn some fascinating reptile facts during this live animal encounter with LEC’s reptile ambassadors.This program is free.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are...

Mother's Day hike

May 10 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Bring your mom or another special person to enjoy time together on a guided hike in Lyonia Preserve with LEC’s education staff. We will learn about the importance of scrub habitat and look for the Florida scrub jay. Following the hike we will enjoy lemonade and treats ...

Scrub stroll

May 11 @10:00 am to 11:00 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

May 15 @10:00 am to 11:00 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...

Feeding a family of five for $12

May 16 @11:00 am to 1:00 pm
The weekly cost of feeding a family of five may easily amount to a monthly car payment and food prices continue to rise! Caterer Jim McCuen will explain how to feed five people for around $12 during this program in Lyonia Environmental Center's classrooms. Jim will discuss how to make nutritious, at...

The magical springs of old Florida

May 16 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Although Ponce de León wasn’t looking for a fountain of youth when he landed on Florida’s shore in 1513, the Sunshine State continues to be associated with these mythical and magical waters. Join 2013 Florida Book Awards Bronze Medal Winner for Visual Arts author Rick Kilby a...

Native Florida bees and wasps

May 17 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Would you like better pollination of your fruits and vegetables, resulting in more yield?  Learn about the benefits of native bees and wasps and how you can make your property more productive. Learn how to make your yard bee and pollinator friendly, and possibly save some money. The free presen...

Magnificent monarchs

May 23 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Meet in the Lyonia Environmental Center classroom to learn about local butterflies and their host plants. LEC education staff will lead participants in constructing a rearing cage and give instructions for raising monarch butterflies at home. Participants will also take home a starter milkweed ...

Birding in Central Florida

May 23 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Eli Schaperow will review some of Central Florida's best birding sites during this free program in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom. Schaperow, a member of the West Volusia Audubon Society's Board of Directors, also will discuss bird habitats and migrating seasons and share ide...

Indian River Lagoon

May 24 @3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
What is 156 miles long, spans five counties in Florida, and is home to over 4,000 species of plants and animals? The Indian River Lagoon! It's one of the most biologically diverse areas in North America, and it needs our help. Join Jessy Wayles, a restoration specialist with the Marine Dis...

Tiny trekkers

May 30 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Listen to a book about a frog that wants to fly like a bird, take a short hike and make a craft to take home. This free program, recommended for children ages 2 to 5, is sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reser...

Ephemeral wetlands hike

May 30 @1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Explore Lyonia Preserve, where wetlands appear and disappear depending on the amount of rainfall. LEC staff will lead a hike into the preserve to describe these unique wetlands that are a haven for many insects, reptiles, amphibians and birds. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and be pr...

Saving scrub jays

May 31 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Join Rusty, Lyonia Environmental Center’s mascot, as we learn about the anatomy, diet and behavior of the threatened Florida scrub jay. Learn how we can help protect this species, found only in Florida! Following the presentation, participants will join LEC education staff for a stroll th...

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
sfalcon@volusia.org
Ext. 21023