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Posted On: July 10, 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.            

August’s programs include:

Tiny trekkers: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Children ages 2 to 5 can take a short hike, make a take-home craft, and listen to the book “Bug Safari.”

Creature feature: 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Meet some of the center’s reptile ambassadors and learn about venomous vs. non-venomous snakes, exotics vs. natives, and how to share space with these ectothermic creatures.

Popcorn and a movie: 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4. Watch “Owl Power” and learn how owls hunt, how their vision and hearing works, and how they fly so silently. Free popcorn will be served. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.  

The Nature of Things – How to compost like a Floridian: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. Megan Martin, Volusia County’s Be Floridian Now program coordinator, will explain the science behind composting and how it can reduce waste while helping your garden to grow. She will also cover nutrient pollution and the county’s fertilizer ordinance. This program is appropriate for adults and teens.

Popcorn and a movie: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. Crows are among the most intelligent and social animals in the world. Crow experts from around the world sing their praises in the documentary “A Murder of Crows.” Free popcorn will be served. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.

Popcorn and a movie: 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. Pierce Brosnan narrates Disney Nature’s “Oceans,” which takes a close look at creatures under the sea. Free popcorn will be served. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

Tiny trekkers: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Children ages 2 to 5 can take a short hike, make a take-home craft, and listen to the book “Fish is Fish.”

Back-to-school brain break: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Children ages 7 and up can beat the back-to-school blues by making fossils and edible soil to take home. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center. Space and supplies are limited. 

Upcycled magazine art: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18. Transform magazine pages into a take-home art project during this classroom workshop. Space and supplies are limited. 

Creature feature: 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. Discover the differences between alligators and crocodiles. LEC staff will share fun facts about each of these species of crocodilians. Afterward, attendees can meet the center’s reptile animal ambassadors.

Animal caretakers: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. Children ages 5 to 8 will learn what is involved in taking care of the LEC’s resident reptiles, including snakes, a bearded dragon and a blue tongue skink. Staff will explain how people are working to make the world a better place for animals through rescue and rehabilitation efforts. Afterward, children will make thank you cards that will be delivered to area wildlife rehabilitation facilities.

Family fun day: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. Families will make nature-themed crafts and meet the center’s animal ambassadors. Animal skulls and other artifacts will be on display for participants to examine. Space and craft supplies are limited. 

T-shirt to tote bag: 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. Millions of plastic bags are used each year in the United States, and many end up in landfills or waterways. Using reusable bags is one thing we can do to be more earth friendly. Bring a T-shirt to the LEC classroom and transform it into a reusable tote bag.

Invertebrate encounters: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31. Bring the family to learn about the LEC’s saltwater invertebrates – including sea urchins, sea cucumbers and sea stars – during a touch-tank experience. Find out how they eat, survive and move.

Popcorn and a movie: 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31. “Born to be Wild,” narrated by Morgan Freeman, documents orphaned orangutans and elephants as they are rehabilitated and returned to the wild. Free popcorn will be served. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

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.