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LEC plans nature hikes, programs

Posted On: May 14, 2018

Discover Volusia County’s native plants and wildlife during indoor programs at Lyonia Environmental Center (LEC), 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

The free programs will begin in the center’s classroom. Reservations are required; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.            

June’s programs include:

Tiny trekkers: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 2. Children ages 2 to 5 can take a short hike, make a take-home craft, and listen to the book “Duck & Goose Go to the Beach.”

Nature films: Stop by the LEC on Sunday afternoons to watch documentaries about some of Earth’s more interesting creatures. Free popcorn will be served. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. The lineup includes:

  • “Ocean” and “Shark”: 2 p.m. June 3
  • “Eyewitness: Insect”: 2 p.m. June 10
  • “Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air”: 2 p.m. June 17
  • “Bees: Tales from the Hive”: 2 p.m. Sunday, June 24

Reptile adventures: 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 9. Learn about alligators and crocodiles during this classroom presentation. Afterward, participants can meet the center’s resident reptiles.

Critter corner: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16. Stop by the LEC to meet the center’s animal ambassadors. Staff will be available to answer questions.

Slithering Saturday: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 23. LEC staff will provide an introduction to snakes, one of nature’s most misunderstood reptiles. After the presentation, participants will meet several native and exotic species and learn about the important roles they play in the ecosystem. Participants can also view reptile artifacts.

Creature feature: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 30. Red-shouldered hawks are among Volusia County’s most visible and vocal residents. Visit Luna, a red-shouldered hawk, and learn about the species’ habitat and common behaviors and the importance of vision in their hunting and survival.

Lyonia Environmental Center offers insights into Volusia County’s fragile ecosystems through hands-on displays and educational programs. It’s part of the Deltona Regional Library complex at 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Learn what’s happening at the LEC at www.lyoniapreserve.com.