Environmental Management

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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.

Get involved

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

Green Volusia

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 - Brunch and learn

September 22 @8:00 am to 9:30 am
Learn about the importance of scrub habitat and keep an eye out for scrub jays, gopher tortoises and other wildlife during a stroll through Lyonia Preserve. Afterward, meet and learn about a native animal while enjoying brunch, which will be provided by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center. ...

LEC - Everybody eats

September 22 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Learn about the eating habits of the LEC’s resident animal ambassadors. Staff will explain the techniques they use to eat, who or what they eat, and how they avoid being eaten. The program will be followed by a live feeding demonstration by trained staff. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Cente...

LEC - Popcorn and a movie

September 23 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
“Owl Power” gives viewers a look at owls, including the real stories behind how they 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.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustac...

Explore Volusia: Bike-about Edgewater

September 24 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Ride the paved path from Cow Creek Road to Rotary Park and back. During this leisurely ride, participants will learn about different habitats and the organisms that live within them. A helmet and bicycle are required. Meet at the parking lot one-quarter east of I-95 and one-quarter mile south on Cow...

LEC - Scrub stroll

September 24 @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: Highbridge Park paddle

September 26 @8:30 am to 11:30 am
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 fi...

LEC - Scrub stroll

September 28 @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 ...

LEC - Jay walking

September 29 @9:30 am to 10:30 am
Meet in the LEC classroom to learn interesting facts about the threatened Florida scrub jay and practice their calls. Afterward, staff will lead a stroll into Lyonia Preserve to check out the birds’ habitat and look for scrub jays. Bring binoculars and cameras if you have them. Wear closed-toe sho...

LEC - Animals with Cameras

September 30 @1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
This nature film uses specially designed cameras that allow viewers to sprint across the savannah with cheetahs, plunge into the ocean with seals, and swing through the trees with chimpanzees. The series visits eight countries and features three species per episode. Episodes will be shown at 1:...

LEC - Scrub stroll

October 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 and ...

Explore Volusia: Callalisa Creek paddle

October 2 @9:00 am to 11:30 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 during this paddle. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at 598 S. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Be...

LEC - Scrub stroll

October 5 @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; cal...

LEC - Tiny trekkers

October 6 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can take a short hike, make a take-home craft, and listen to the book “Leaf Man." Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. ...

LEC - "Let's hit the trails" hike

October 6 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Look for scrub plants and animals during this guided hike through Lyonia Preserve. The LEC is part of the Deltona Regional Library complex at 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. ...

LEC - Fall decor on a budget

October 7 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Learn several methods of making paper flowers and create a take-home fall floral arrangement. Space and materials are limited. Advance registration is required. Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave...

LEC - Scrub stroll

October 8 @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: Bike-about Spruce Creek

October 10 @9:00 am to 11:30 am
Ride a segment of the Martin Dairy Trail in Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve while learning about the local ecosystem. Moderate skill is preferred due to rough terrain, soft sand, and up-and-down hills. Bicycles and helmets are required. Meet in the dirt parking lot on Martin Dairy Road, New Smyrn...

LEC - Scrub stroll

October 12 @9:00 am to 9:00 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; cal...

LEC - Bat box workshop

October 13 @10:00 am to 11:30 am
Build a bat box and reap the benefits year-round. Bats will eat mosquitoes and other harmful insects. The fee is $25 per bat box. Space is limited to 10 participants. Advance registration is required. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; cal...

LEC - Guided hike

October 13 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Engage your senses on this guided hike through Lyonia Preserve. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  ...

LEC - "Fall in the scrub" hike

October 14 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Look for Florida scrub jays and learn how they prepare for the winter during this guided hike through Lyonia Preserve. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  ...

LEC - Scrub stroll

October 15 @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; cal...

Explore Volusia: Eco-buggy tour

October 16 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a ride through the 1,400-acre Wiregrass Prairie Preserve, which is almost entirely in the St. Johns River Valley. Explore upland and wetland natural communities that include wet flatwoods, cypress domes and wet prairies. Learn about land management practices while riding through the diverse eco...

Explore Volusia: Hontoon paddle

October 18 @9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Not for the beginner paddler, this 10-mile paddle leaves from Hontoon Island State Park and loops down Snake Creek and back up the St. Johns River channel. The trip will take five to six hours, and participants are encouraged to bring lunch to stop for a picnic. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up padd...

LEC - Critter corner

October 18 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Stop by the LEC to meet the center’s animal ambassadors. Staff will be available to answer questions. Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. ...

LEC - Scrub stroll

October 19 @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; cal...

LEC - Brunch and learn

October 20 @9:30 am to 11:30 am
Learn about the importance of scrub habitat and keep an eye out for scrub jays, gopher tortoises and other wildlife during a stroll through Lyonia Preserve. Afterward, meet and learn about a native animal while enjoying brunch, which will be provided by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center. ...

Explore Volusia: Brunch and learn

October 20 @9:30 am to 11:30 am
Learn about the importance of scrub habitat and keep an eye out for scrub jays, gopher tortoises and other wildlife during a stroll through Lyonia Preserve. Afterward, meet and learn about an animal while enjoying brunch. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Volusia Co...

LEC - Everybody eats

October 20 @2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Meet the center’s animal ambassadors and learn how, who and what they eat, and how they avoid being eaten. The presentation will be followed by a live feeding demonstration. The LEC is part of the Deltona Regional Library complex at 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested...

LEC - Scrub stroll

October 22 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead 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 and may b...

Explore Volusia: Thistle dismissal

October 24 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about sea turtles, wrack lines and invasive species during this beach walk. Participants will be asked to help remove the invasive Russian thistle from the beach. Bring gloves and meet at Frank Rendon Park, 2705 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Di...

Explore Volusia: Eco-buggy tour

October 25 @7:30 pm to 9:00 am
Take a night ride through Longleaf Pine Preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Participants will view the land nocturnally as they look for a variety of species. Meet at the preserve’s east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental Managemen...

LEC - Scrub stroll

October 26 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead 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 and may b...

LEC - Jay walking

October 27 @9:30 am to 11:00 am
Learn interesting facts about the threatened Florida scrub jay and practice their calls in the LEC classroom. Afterward, staff will lead a stroll into Lyonia Preserve to check out the birds’ habitat and look for scrub jays. Bring binoculars and cameras if you have them. Wear closed-toe shoes. R...

LEC - Go green for Halloween

October 27 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Staff and volunteers will guide participants in creating recycled Halloween crafts having some “green” Halloween fun. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling  386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  ...

LEC - Vampires of the insect world

October 28 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Staff will share interesting tales about blood-sucking insects and offer tips to protect yourself. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. 

LEC - Scrub stroll

October 29 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead 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 and may b...

Explore Volusia: Guided hike

October 30 @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 scenery. Participants will hike approximately 1 mile of trails and get an up close look at the land management practices of the conservation area. Meet at Scrub Oak Preserve, 14...

Explore Volusia: Bike-about Lake Woodruff

October 31 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Ride a dirt path around a small segment of the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. Receive information on cypress and mixed hardwood swamps, and ride to areas of water impoundments where a variety of wildlife can be seen. Participants must have a bicycle and helmet. Large-tire bikes are recommen...

Ginger Adair
Director
gadair@volusia.org

Kathy Ebding
Admin Coordinator II
kebding@volusia.org

 

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