Outdoor adventures on tap at LEC
Posted On: September 24, 2021
Explore the untamed habitat of Lyonia Preserve during free guided hikes led by the staff of Lyonia Environmental Center (LEC).
The 360-acre preserve adjacent to the LEC and Deltona Regional Library is home to a variety of wildlife, including Florida scrub jays and gopher tortoises, which are drawn to the low vegetation and sandy ridges of the scrub habitat.
October’s outdoor programs include:
Connect with nature: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. Spending time in nature can improve mental health, boost immunity and lower stress level. LEC staff will lead a leisurely stroll through Lyonia Preserve, allowing participants to take their time, breathe deeply, engage their senses, and be present in the moment.
Florida flashback: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9. Take a trip down Florida’s memory lane while hiking through Lyonia Preserve and learning about the ancient beach it once was. Staff will also explain what life was like for the northern and central Florida Native Americans known as Timucuans and their village Nocoroco, which is a preserved site in Volusia County.
Camouflage in nature:9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. Learn about the different types of camouflage animals use during this exploratory hike of Lyonia Preserve. Hikers will test their observation skills to see if they can spot any camouflaged animals.
Wetland hike: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17. Lyonia Preserve is home to two ephemeral wetlands that hold water temporarily after heavy rains. Join a guided hike to compare the plants found in the wetlands to those in nearby upland habitats. Staff will explain the importance of wetlands in Volusia County’s conservation lands.
Plug into nature: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. Earn badges while learning about Volusia County’s wildlife. Staff will introduce participants to iNaturalist, a free app used globally to discover and document wild plants and animals. They will go over the basics and lead a walk through Lyonia Preserve to get users comfortable with the app.
Sunday soundwalk:11 a.m. to noon Sunday, Oct. 24. Listen to the environment as staff from the Atlantic Center for the Arts leads a walk through Lyonia Preserve. The group will focus on the sounds of the preserve while taking in all nature has to offer. Participating in a soundwalk can help people relieve stress, gain focus and develop a deeper understanding of how we fit into our environment.
Eco-Halloween hike:10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Adults and kids can put on their environmental thinking caps, engage their creativity and dress in their best ecology themed costumes for this outdoor adventure. Staff will discuss important environmentalists during a hike to Lyonia Preserve’s wetland. Participants will receive treats, and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.
Halloween among the trees: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. Parents can bring their little goblins to enjoy a non-spooky, outdoor adventure that includes crafts and encounters with the LEC’s scaly reptile ambassadors. Families will search for creepy, crawling creature tracks along the trails of Lyonia Preserve. Afterward, friendly costumed characters will hand out treats while the group explores the pollinator garden.
Scrub strolls: 9 to 10 a.m. every Monday in October. Volunteers will lead these exploratory hikes through Lyonia Preserve.
Participants should wear closed toe shoes, bring water and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar sand trails.
Because of the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, participants are asked to practice social distancing during the outdoor programs. Registration is required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. Learn about other upcoming events at lyoniapreserve.com.