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Environmental Management

Our mission:

To preserve, protect and restore the region's unique environmental natural resources and improve and enhance the enjoyment and health of a growing population; to achieve a balance between the quality of the environment and economic interests of our citizens.

Our goal:

Ensure that development proceeds without compromising our environment. To accomplish this goal each of the various program areas issue permits and conduct routine inspections for compliance with both the county adopted minimum standards and ordinances for environmental protection. Through intergovernmental agency agreements, Environmental Management also represents and assists with enforcement of selected state and federal regulations.

Another facet of environmental protection is pollution prevention and clean up. Appropriate program staff investigate citizen complaints and violations. Emergency situations such as hazardous substance spills,fish kills, air pollution episodes, etc., are reported to Environmental Management for assessment and action.

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Educational opportunities

Volusia County has many programs that offer opportunities for youth, adults, seniors and groups to get involved in making a difference in the community while learning about the environment.

Education materials

These educational materials provide residents and visitors with information on coastal wildlife and the county's Lighting Ordinance. Order FREE brochures, newsletters, posters, table top tents and more.

Environmental Permitting

Environmental Permitting is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the county's environmental ordinances, which include trees, wetlands, gopher tortoises, and Class II Overlay.

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Get involved

Learn about recycling programs, waterway cleanups and other environmental initiatives.

Green Volusia - Sustainability and Resilience

Green Volusia is Volusia County Goverment's initiative to promote the sustainable use of county resources. Find out how you and your family can GO GREEN! Our website is full of helpful tips and tools for going green.

Lyonia Environmental Center

The Lyonia Environmental Center (LEC) provides visitors with a unique insight into Volusia County’s fragile ecosystems. The center promotes an understanding of the county’s natural environment, the heritage it sustains, and the challenges it faces. The Lyonia Environmental Center occupies 4,000 square feet of the Deltona Regional Library complex.

Marine Science Center

The Marine Science Center offers a wide variety of programs and activities for children and adults throughout the year. Students young and old can discover the many wonders of bird and marine life in environmentally rich Volusia County. 

Natural Resources

Employees in this division protect and conserve regional ecosystems and animal and plant species through habitat conservation, restoration, education, and enhancement initiatives.

Pollution Control

Pollution Control is responsible for protecting our water resources by water quality and quantity monitoring, ensuring the proper disposal of solid waste, waste water, hazardous waste and encouraging water conservation.

Protected species

Volusia County is home to many protected species. Maintaining ecosystems is essential to conserving and protecting these and other species of animals in the county.

Upcoming events

LEC - Reptile rendezvous

October 21 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Meet the LEC's reptile ambassadors virtually and learn what they eat, where they live, the adaptations they use, and the important roles they play in their ecosystem. This program is recommended for families and children of all ages. Registration is required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. A lin...

LEC - Plug into nature

October 23 @9:30 am to 10:30 am
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 to get users comfortable with the program in Lyonia Preserve. ...

LEC - Gardening for bats

October 23 @1:30 pm to 2:30 am
Bats are great assets in back yards and gardens. Their favorite meals include moths and beetles; by planting flowers that bloom at night, you’ll help attract these insects and provide a nutritious meal for beneficial bats. LEC staff will share tips for creating an inviting habitat for bats and ide...

LEC - Sunday soundwalk

October 24 @11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Listen to the environment as staff from the Atlantic Center for the Arts leads a walk through Lyonia Preserve. The group will observe 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...

LEC - Go with the flow

October 24 @1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Learn about the water cycle as staff guides you through some water-related experiments and activities. This virtual program is recommended for children ages 7-12.  Reservations are required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. an online link will be provided upon registration. ...

LEC - Scrub stroll

October 25 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Volunteers lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ex...

Explore Volusia: Scrub Oak hike

October 26 @9:00 am to 10:30 am
Learn about the importance of scrub habitat, water recharge zones and keystone species while hiking through the beautiful Scrub Oak Preserve. Participants will hike about one mile of trails and get an up-close look at the land management practices of the conservation area. Meet at 1495 McGregor Ro...

LEC - Batty about bats

October 27 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Did you know there are more than 1,400 species of bats worldwide? Celebrate National Bat Week by learning fun facts about this important species and their role in the ecosystem. This program is recommended for families and children ages 7-12.  Lyonia Environmental Center staff will present ...

Explore Volusia: Longleaf eco-buggy ride

October 27 @7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Take a night ride through Longleaf Pine Preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Participants will look for nocturnal species and observe the night sky with Derek Demeter, director of the Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College. Meet at the east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, ...

Explore Volusia: Help us mark storm drains

October 28 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Where does the water go? Tag along with Volusia County’s environmental specialists and help them mark storm drains in New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater and Oak Hill. The group will mark the drains with “no dumping” curb markers and learn how fertilizers and other contaminants harm the Indian River L...

Storm drain marking event

October 28 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Volusia County Environmental Management will host a storm drain marking event at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28. Participants will meet at the Hiles Boulevard parking lot, 4516 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach, and travel to several storm drains in the area. But what is storm drain marking? ...

LEC - Eco-Halloween hike

October 30 @10:30 am to 11:30 am
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 ...

LEC - Ghouls of the deep

October 30 @1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Descend into the deepest depths of the ocean and learn about goblins, vampires, vipers and others that inhabit this icy cold abyss. Much of this area is still a mystery to researchers. Who knows what else may be lurking below? Lyonia Environmental Center staff will present this program virtually...

LEC - Vampires of the insect world

October 31 @1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Did you know the insect world includes vampires? Staff will share interesting tales about blood-sucking insects, including mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. They’ll also provide tips on protecting yourself from their bite. Lyonia Environmental Center staff will present this program virtually. An on...

LEC - Scrub stroll

November 1 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested;...

Explore Volusia: Learn about recycling

November 1 @9:00 am to 10:30 am
Learn about solid waste and recycling in this two-part program at the West Volusia Transfer Station, 3151 E. New York Ave., DeLand. Participants will meet on Nov. 1 to see the tipping station in action and learn about an activity to spread awareness about recycling. An environmental specialist will ...

Explore Volusia: Callalisa Creek paddle

November 3 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Enjoy a backwater paddle through a maze of mangroves. Participants will navigate oyster beds, learn about mosquito canals and see a variety of birds. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at 598 S. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach. Registr...

LEC - Tiny trekkers

November 6 @10:00 am to 10:30 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can take a short hike, make a take-home craft, and listen to the book “Here Comes Fall.” Afterward, they can take a short, guided hike through Lyonia Preserve to experience the sights and sounds of the outdoors. Wear closed-toe shoes. Reservations are required; call 386-7...

LEC - North American right whales

November 6 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
With fewer than 400 left in the wild, North Atlantic right whales are some of the most endangered large whales in the world. These marine mammals are typically sighted off of Florida coastlines between December and March. Join staff in person or online to learn why these whales are coming to ou...

LEC - Scrub stroll

November 8 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are required; call 3...

Explore Volusia: Lake George eco-buggy ride

November 11 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Explore pine flatwoods, cypress swamps and marsh from Volusia County’s eco-buggy. Lake George has the second highest population of bald eagles in the lower 48 states, so participants may see a few. Meet at 998 Ninemile Point Road, Seville. Registration is required. Call 386-736-5927. ...

LEC - Scrub stroll

November 15 @9:00 am to 2:03 pm
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; call ...

Explore Volusia: Multi-activity eco adventure

November 16 @9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Bike, hike, swim and test your local environmental knowledge. Participants will ride their bikes on the Spring-to-Spring Trail along Grand Avenue, hike a portion of the trail at DeLeon Springs State Park, and cool off with a snorkel/swim in DeLeon Springs. Information about the local environm...

Explore Volusia: Mark trails at Longleaf

November 17 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Ride the eco-buggy through Longleaf Pine Preserve and mark trails to help hikers with navigation. Participants will learn about the mesic flatwoods and cypress communities along the way. Meet at the preserve’s west entrance, 3637 E. New York Ave, DeLand. Volusia County's Environmental Managemen...

Explore Volusia: Wiregrass eco-buggy ride

November 19 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about land management practices while riding through the diverse ecotones of Wiregrass Prairie Preserve. Participants will explore upland and wetland natural communities that include wet flatwoods, cypress domes and wet prairies. Meet at 1751 Lopez Road, Osteen. Volusia County’s Environme...

Explore Volusia: Deep Creek bike-about

November 20 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about Deep Creek Preserve’s forestry, agricultural history and plant communities. Bring a bicycle and helmet. Because the trail is an unpaved road, larger tired bikes are recommended. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, Samsula. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors...

LEC - Scrub stroll

November 22 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; call ...

Explore Volusia: Lake Monroe paddle

November 23 @9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Enjoy a paddle around a portion of Lake Monroe into Gemini Springs. Parks, Recreation and Culture staff will describe the area’s rich history. Meet at 966 Lakeshore Drive, Deltona. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors Explore Volusia to acquaint residents with the count...

LEC - Scrub stroll

November 29 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; call 386-789-720...

LEC - Scrub stroll

December 6 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; call 386-789-720...

LEC - Scrub stroll

December 13 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; call ...

LEC - Scrub stroll

December 20 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; call ...

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