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

Explore Volusia: Callalisa Creek paddle

January 23 @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. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at 598 S. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach. Volusia Coun...

LEC - Critter corner

January 24 @11:00 am to 11:30 am
Children ages 2 to 8 can learn about alligators, why they shed their skin, and how they differ from crocodiles.   Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. ...

Explore Volusia: Geocaching adventure

January 25 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn how to use a GPS device to navigate through Wiregrass Prairie Preserve and find caches. Bring your own device or borrow one from the environmental specialist who will be leading the adventure. Meet at 1751 Lopez Road, Osteen. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors Exp...

LEC - Scrub stroll

January 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; cal...

LEC - Jay walking

January 26 @9:30 am to 11:00 am
Meet in the LEC classroom to learn about the threatened Florida scrub jay and their calls. Afterward, participants will stroll through Lyonia Preserve, immerse themselves in the scrub habitat, and look for scrub jays. Bring binoculars and a camera if you have them. Meet at Lyonia Environment...

LEC - Scales and tales

January 26 @1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Learn the differences between venomous and non-venomous reptiles, various species of snakes, and other reptiles that live in Central Florida. Afterward, animal care volunteers will introduce the center’s reptile animal ambassadors. Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028....

LEC - Scrub stroll

January 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; cal...

Explore Volusia: Guided hike

January 29 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Adults can join Master Naturalist and author Roger Fulton on a two-mile nature hike of the Clark Bay Conservation Area, which was reforested in 2006. Dogs are not allowed. Meet the group on Old DeLand Road, just west of the intersection with U.S. 92. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Di...

LEC - Scrub stroll

February 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 ...

LEC - Tiny trekkers

February 2 @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 “Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse.” Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. ...

Manatee Watch training

February 2 @10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Volusia County is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to participate in Manatee Watch, a program that identifies the presence of manatees in local waterways. Residents who live on the water, spend a lot of time near the water, or are avid boaters are encouraged to become manatee watchers....

LEC - Valentine pinecone wreath

February 2 @2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Make a cat-shaped grapevine wreath with reusable materials. The $6 charge includes all materials. Space is limited. Advance registration is required; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. ...

LEC - Scrub stroll

February 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 ...

Manatee Watch training

February 6 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Volusia County is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to participate in Manatee Watch, a program that identifies the presence of manatees in local waterways. Residents who live on the water, spend a lot of time near the water, or are avid boaters are encouraged to become manatee watchers....

LEC - Critter corner

February 7 @2:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Children ages 2 to 8 are invited to learn about bear cubs.arn why snakes shed their skin, how to tell the difference between alligators and crocodiles, and more. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are required; call 386-789-7207,...

LEC - Scrub stroll

February 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 ...

LEC - Wildlife Festival

February 9 @10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Take a walk on the wild side as Lyonia Environmental Center (LEC) presents the Wildlife Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. The festival will feature Florida wildlife presentations, environmental displays, kids’ activities, and guided hikes and eco-buggy tours of Lyonia Pr...

LEC - Nature movie

February 10 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Children and adults can watch “Born to be Wild,” a heartwarming film about orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them. Free popcorn will be served. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. The LEC is part of the Deltona Regional Librar...

LEC - Scrub stroll

February 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; call 386...

LEC - Scrub stroll

February 15 @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 - Brunch and learn

February 16 @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. ...

LEC - The bear facts

February 16 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Janelle Musser, a bear biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, will discuss bear biology, what to do when you see a bear, and how to prevent human-bear conflicts.  Stop by the LEC to learn about their habitat needs, common behaviors and the important role th...

LEC - Get back to nature hike

February 17 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Learn about Florida’s unique scrub habitat, ephemeral wetlands, and the endangered species that live in the scrub 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

February 18 @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...

MSC - Turtle Tots

February 20 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can learn about local marine life through stories, crafts and activities at the Marine Science Center, 100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet. The program is included with general admission or annual membership. Class size is limited. RSVP by emailing turtletots@volusia.or...

MSC - Turtle Tots

February 21 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can learn about local marine life through stories, crafts and activities at the Marine Science Center, 100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet. The program is included with general admission or annual membership. Class size is limited. RSVP by emailing turtletots@volusia.or...

MSC - Turtle Tots

February 21 @12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Children ages 2 to 5 can learn about local marine life through stories, crafts and activities at the Marine Science Center, 100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet. The program is included with general admission or annual membership. Class size is limited. RSVP by emailing turtletots@volusia.or...

LEC - Scrub stroll

February 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...

LEC - Rockin’ and reading with Rusty

February 22 @3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Children ages 5 to 8 can join LEC’s mascot, Rusty the Scrub Jay, for story time and fun activities. Learn about the threatened Florida scrub jay and bring your camera to capture a photo with Rusty. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are ...

LEC - Jay walking

February 23 @9:30 am to 11:00 am
Meet in the LEC classroom to learn about the threatened Florida scrub jay and practice their calls. Afterward, participants will stroll through Lyonia Preserve, immerse themselves in the scrub habitat, and look for scrub jays. Bring binoculars and a camera if you have them. Meet at Lyonia Environ...

LEC - Scavenger hunt hike

February 23 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Learn about the significance of the color red in nature during this 1-5-mile guided hike along Lyonia Preserve’s red trail. If you wear something red, your name will be entered into a prize drawing.   Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are req...

LEC - Popcorn and a movie

February 24 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Bring the family and watch “A Murder of Crows,” which sheds light on the species’ intelligence. Free popcorn will be served. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. a train ride to the North Pole. Free popcorn and hot cocoa will be served. Drinks and snacks will be available ...

LEC - Scrub stroll

February 25 @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

March 1 @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...

MSC - Turtle Tots

March 20 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can learn about local marine life through stories, crafts and activities at the Marine Science Center, 100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet. The program is included with general admission or annual membership. Class size is limited. RSVP by emailing turtletots@volusia.or...

MSC - Turtle Tots

March 21 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can learn about local marine life through stories, crafts and activities at the Marine Science Center, 100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet. The program is included with general admission or annual membership. Class size is limited. RSVP by emailing turtletots@volusia.or...

MSC - Turtle Tots

March 21 @12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Children ages 2 to 5 can learn about local marine life through stories, crafts and activities at the Marine Science Center, 100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet. The program is included with general admission or annual membership. Class size is limited. RSVP by emailing turtletots@volusia.or...

Turtle Day

April 6 @10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Enjoy some close encounters with endangered sea turtles and other marine life during the 17th annual Turtle Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Marine Science Center, 100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet. Animal rehabilitation staff will explain how they care for injured birds a...

St. Johns River Cleanup

April 13 @8:00 am to 11:00 am
Volunteers are needed for the 23rd annual St. Johns River Cleanup, which will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2019.   Boaters, scouts, civic organizations, environmental groups, businesses and individual volunteers are encouraged to join in the effort to remove trash an...

MSC - Turtle Tots

April 17 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can learn about local marine life through stories, crafts and activities at the Marine Science Center, 100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet. The program is included with general admission or annual membership. Class size is limited. RSVP by emailing turtletots@volusia.or...

MSC - Turtle Tots

April 18 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can learn about local marine life through stories, crafts and activities at the Marine Science Center, 100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet. The program is included with general admission or annual membership. Class size is limited. RSVP by emailing turtletots@volusia.or...

MSC - Turtle Tots

April 18 @12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Children ages 2 to 5 can learn about local marine life through stories, crafts and activities at the Marine Science Center, 100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet. The program is included with general admission or annual membership. Class size is limited. RSVP by emailing turtletots@volusia.or...

Ginger Adair
Director
gadair@volusia.org

Kathy Ebding
Admin Coordinator II
kebding@volusia.org

Phone
386-736-5927