Posted On: July 10, 2019
Learn about Volusia County’s conservation lands and land management practices during free Explore Volusia programs in August. Reservations are required; call 386-736-5927.
The outdoor adventures include:
Ponce Inlet snorkeling adventure: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, and Wednesday, Aug. 14. Discover the wonders of the underwater ecosystem while snorkeling the high slack tide at Lighthouse Point Park, 5000 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.
Hurricane hike: 9 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6. Florida Master Naturalist Terry Bledsoe will lead a discussion on the history, impacts and significance of hurricanes during a hike through Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. She will also share hurricane preparedness tips and shed light on the preserve’s history. Meet 2317 Creek Shore Trail, New Smyrna Beach.
Highbridge Park paddle: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8. Learn about strategies for restoring mangroves, oysters and salt marsh in the Tomoka River. The importance of these habitats and ethical angling also will be discussed. Participants are encouraged to bring their fishing gear to test their skills. A Florida saltwater fishing license is required to fish, and all regulations must be followed. Participants are not required to fish to participate. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at 39 Highbridge Road, Ormond Beach.
Sharks: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20. Shark enthusiast Marilyn Sullivan will share fascinating facts about sharks during a presentation at Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park, 700 Sandpiper St., New Smyrna Beach.
Blue Spring paddle: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. Learn about wildlife, water quality and the importance of springs during this leisurely paddling trip near Blue Spring State Park. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at the end of West French Avenue, Orange City, about one mile past the park entrance.
Blue Spring snorkeling program: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28. Bring your snorkel gear to explore the spring habitat at Blue Spring State Park and learn about the importance of springs while enjoying the crystal clear, 72 degree water. Participants must be able to swim. Those under age 18 must wear a personal flotation device and be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times. The park will charge its regular admission fee. Meet at Blue Spring State Park, 2100 W. French Ave., Orange City.
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.