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County plans Explore Volusia programs

Posted On: May 15, 2018

Learn about Volusia County’s conservation lands and land management practices during free Explore Volusia programs in June. Environmental specialists will lead guided hikes, paddling trips, eco-buggy tours and bike-abouts.

Reservations are required; call 386-736-5927.

Upcoming events include:

Indian River Lagoon paddle: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 5. Explore the northern end of the Indian River Lagoon during this group adventure. Participants may see a variety of wildlife, including manatees, dolphins and a variety of birds. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at Riverbreeze Park, 250 H.H. Burch Road, Oak Hill.

Blue Spring snorkeling program: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 7. Bring your snorkel gear to explore the spring habitat at Blue Spring State Park. Participants will learn about the importance of springs while enjoying the crystal clear water. The park will charge its regular admittance fee. Meet at Blue Spring State Park, 2100 W. French Ave., Orange City. Those under age 18 must wear a personal flotation device and be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times.

Green Springs bike-about: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 19. Experience the natural world as you ride the East Central Regional Rail Trail from Green Springs Park to State Road 415 and back. All ages and abilities are welcome on this 11.4-mile round trip. Bicycle and helmet required. Meet at Green Springs Park, 994 Enterprise-Osteen Road, Enterprise.

Spruce Creek paddle: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 26. Enjoy a leisurely paddling trip through Spruce Creek and along the Halifax River to Disappearing Island. Learn about estuary and marsh ecosystems and the biodiversity of these important habitats. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve, 3251 N. Dixie Highway, New Smyrna Beach.

Snorkel and swim adventure: 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 27. Discover the wonders of the underwater ecosystem while snorkeling the high slack tide at Lighthouse Point Park, 500 S. Atlantic Ave., Ponce Inlet. Participants must bring their own snorkeling gear and be able to swim. Those under age 18 must wear a personal flotation device and be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times.

Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors Explore Volusia to acquaint residents with the county’s diverse natural habitats and land management practices.

Participants should bring water and insect repellent. They should wear comfortable clothes and hiking or walking shoes.