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LEC plans nature hikes, programs

Posted On: September 11, 2018

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

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

With the exception of the bat box workshop, all programs are free.  

October’s programs include:

Tiny trekkers: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Children ages 2 to 5 can take a short hike, make a take-home craft, and listen to the book “Leaf Man.”

“Let’s hit the trails” hike: 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Look for scrub plants and animals during this guided hike through Lyonia Preserve.

Fall décor on a budget: 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. Learn several methods of making paper flowers and create a take-home fall floral arrangement. Space and materials are limited. Advance registration is required.

Bat box workshop: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Build a bat box and reap the benefits year-round. Bats will eat mosquitoes and other harmful insects. The fee is $25 per bat box. Space is limited to 10 participants. Advance registration is required.

“Making sense of nature” hike: 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Engage your senses on this guided hike through Lyonia Preserve.

“Fall in the scrub” hike: 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. Look for Florida scrub jays and learn how they prepare for the winter during this guided hike through Lyonia Preserve.

Critter corner: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. Meet the LEC’s resident animal ambassadors. Staff will handle the animals and answer questions.

Brunch and learn: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct 20. Learn about the importance of scrub habitat and keep an eye out for scrub jays, gopher tortoises and other wildlife during a stroll through Lyonia Preserve. Afterward, meet and learn about a native animal while enjoying brunch, which will be provided by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center.

Everybody eats: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Meet the center’s animal ambassadors and learn how, who and what they eat, and how they avoid being eaten. The presentation will be followed by a live feeding demonstration.

Jay walking: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Learn interesting facts about the threatened Florida scrub jay and practice their calls in the LEC classroom. Afterward, staff will lead a stroll into Lyonia Preserve to check out the birds’ habitat and look for scrub jays. Bring binoculars and cameras if you have them. Wear closed-toe shoes.

Go green for Halloween: 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Staff and volunteers will guide participants in creating recycled Halloween crafts having some “green” Halloween fun.

Vampires of the insect world: 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. Staff will share interesting tales about blood-sucking insects and offer tips to protect yourself.

Scrub strolls: 9 to 10 a.m. every Monday and Friday. Environmental specialists lead these exploratory hikes through Lyonia Preserve.

If you will be walking through Lyonia Preserve, wear closed-toe shoes, bring water and be prepared to hike on sugar-sand trails.

Lyonia Environmental Center offers insights into Volusia County’s fragile ecosystems through hands-on displays and educational programs. 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.