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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.

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 - Recycled butterfly wreath

April 22 @3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Celebrate Earth Day by making a grapevine wreath.  Participants can create butterflies from magazine pages to decorate their wreaths. The cost is $6 per wreath.  Each participant will receive a free reusable bag and be entered in a drawing to win a 30-gallon rain barrel. Reservations ar...

LEC - Scrub stroll

April 23 @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 - Scrub stroll

April 27 @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 - Sea, touch and explore

April 27 @2:00 pm to 2:30 pm
LEC staff and volunteers will share fun facts about sea stars, sea urchins and sea cucumbers. Afterward, participants can meet the center’s saltwater animal ambassadors. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; call 386-789...

Marine Science Center hosts Turtle Day

April 28 @10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Enjoy some close encounters with endangered sea turtles and other marine life during the 16th annual Turtle Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Marine Science Center, 100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet. Animal rehabilitation staff will explain how they care for injured birds ...

LEC - Bountiful butterflies workshop

April 28 @1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Construct a butterfly rearing cage, receive instructions for raising monarch butterflies at home, and take home a starter milkweed plant. The fee is $10 per person for this program, which is hosted by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center. Space is limited to 10 persons; preregistration is requ...

LEC - Scrub stroll

April 30 @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: Rethink reptiles

May 3 @9:30 am to 11:30 am
Stop by Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona, to get a close encounter with the center’s resident reptiles. The program will include a short hike followed by a presentation on the life history of reptiles, problems with invasive species, and the role of snakes in their natural s...

LEC - Scrub stroll

May 4 @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 - Scrub stroll

May 7 @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; call 386...

Explore Volusia: Indian River Lagoon paddle

May 10 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Paddlers may encounter manatees and dolphins during this leisurely paddling trip on the Indian River Lagoon, the most biodiverse lagoon ecosystem in the Northern Hemisphere. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park, ...

LEC - Scrub stroll

May 11 @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 - Scrub stroll

May 14 @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: Bike-about Gemini Springs

May 15 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a six-mile bike ride around segments of Lake Monroe and Gemini Springs Park. All ages and abilities are welcome. Bicycle and helmet are required. Meet at Gemini Springs Park, 37 Dirksen Drive, DeBary. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors Explore Volusia to acquaint r...

Explore Volusia: Eco-buggy tour

May 18 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about plants and animals of the wetlands during this leisurely ride through Longleaf Pine Preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Meet at the preserve’s east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors Explore Vol...

LEC - Scrub stroll

May 18 @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: Deep Creek bike-about

May 19 @8:00 am to 10:00 am
Learn about the forestry, agricultural history and plant communities of the 8,000-acre Deep Creek Preserve. Participants may see the endemic Rugel’s pawpaw in bloom. Bicycle and helmet are required. This is an unpaved road, and larger-tired bikes are recommended. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, Sam...

LEC - Scrub stroll

May 21 @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: Paddling trip

May 23 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about local wildlife and history during this leisurely paddling trip to Blue Spring State Park. Participants will also learn about water quality and the importance of Florida’s springs as manatee refuges. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard along with a life preserver and whistle. M...

Explore Volusia: Guided hike

May 25 @9:00 am to 10:30 am
Learn about the importance of scrub habitat, water recharge zones and keystone species while hiking through this conservation area. Participants will hike one mile of trails and get an up-close look at land management practices. Meet at 1495 McGregor Road, DeLand. Volusia County’s Environmental M...

LEC - Scrub stroll

May 25 @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: Snorkel and swim adventure

May 31 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Discover the wonders of the underwater ecosystem while snorkeling the high slack tide at Lighthouse Point Park, 500 S. Atlantic Ave., Ponce Inlet. Participants must bring their own snorkeling gear and be able to swim. Those under age 18 must wear a personal flotation device and be accompanied by an ...

LEC - Scrub stroll

June 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 ...

Ginger Adair
Director
gadair@volusia.org

Kathy Ebding
Admin Coordinator II
kebding@volusia.org

 

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