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Posted On: June 25, 2019

Discover Volusia County’s native plants and wildlife during outdoor hikes and 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.            

July’s programs include:

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

What’s for lunch? 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 6. Learn about the eating habits of the LEC’s resident animal ambassadors. Staff and volunteers will explain the techniques they use to eat, who or what they eat, and how they avoid being eaten. The presentation will be followed by feeding demonstrations.

“Nature’s Miniature Miracles”: 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 7. This nature film shines a light on the tiny creatures that inhabit savannas, rocky plateaus and oceans. Free popcorn will be served. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

Reptile adventures: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 11. Explore the differences between alligators and crocodiles during this classroom presentation. Staff will share fun facts about each of these species of crocodilians. After the presentation, participants can meet the center’s reptile ambassadors.

“Eyewitness: Insect”: 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13. Explore the creepy, crawly world of beetles, butterflies and more during this nature film. Afterward, participants can create an “insect” to take home. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. 

Pollinator power: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 14. Explore pollination and the animals that make it happen through games, crafts and a pollinator themed snack. This family fun event, which is sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center, is recommended for children ages 7 and older. 

Tiny trekkers: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20. Children ages 2 to 5 can take a short hike, make a take-home craft, and listen to the book “Once Upon a Time.”

Invertebrate encounters: 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 20. During this touch-tank experience, learn about the LEC’s sea urchins, sea cucumbers and sea stars and their connection to the ancient beach of Lyonia Preserve.

“Bees: Tales from the Hive”: 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 21. See things you never imagined about bees, hear things only bees hear, and discover facts about their strange and complex lives during this film. Snacks and drinks will available for purchase.

Backyard butterflies: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27. Laura Cash, a 4-H agent at the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, will share information about Florida’s native butterflies, their host plants and how to create a wildlife friendly yard. 

The Nature of Things – Oyster restoration in Florida: 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27. Jessy Wayles, conservation science coordinator for the Marine Discovery Center, will discuss the importance of oysters as a keystone species and ecosystem engineer. She will also cover coastal erosion and what residents can do to help. This program is appropriate for adults and teens.

“Who’s who?” 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 28. Test your wildlife knowledge during this animal match game for the entire family.

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. 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.