Environmental Management

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What's New: Protecting Volusia County Springs

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

Low-impact development workshop

April 25 @6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Dr. Michael Llewellyn Humphreys will lead a low-impact development workshop titled “Implementing the Unimaginable: An exploration of effective strategies for environmental change” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Pollu...

LEC - Scrub stroll

April 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 - History of Green Springs Park

April 27 @9:00 am to 10:30 am
Join LEC staff on this journey the history of Green Springs. Participants will learn about the path of our drinking water, and issues facing water quality today by testing the water for microplastics, then take a guided hike through this beautiful park. Please dress for the weather, wear closed toe ...

LEC - Life in color scavenger hunt

April 27 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
LEC staff will lead participants on a guided hike along Lyonia Preserve’s Red trail where we will learn about the significance of the color red in nature. Test your observation skills to see how well you can spot this vibrant color along the route. Wear something red and your name will be ente...

LEC - Milkweed for monarchs

April 28 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Calling all butterfly enthusiasts!  Join us in our classroom as we learn about local butterflies and their host plants. Participants will construct a butterfly rearing cage and be given instructions for raising monarch butterflies at home. Participants will also take home a starter milkwee...

Explore Volusia: Bike-about Spruce Creek

May 2 @9:00 am to 11:30 am
Ride a segment of Martin Dairy Trails in Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve while learning about the local ecosystem. Moderate skill is preferred due to rough terrain, hills and soft sand. Bicycle and helmet are required. Meet in the dirt parking lot on Martin Dairy Road, New Smyrna Beach. Volusi...

LEC - Tiny trekkers

May 4 @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 "Owl Babies." Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. ...

Rethink Reptiles

May 4 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Laura Albert will share fascinating facts about reptiles during a free presentation at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd. Albert, the outreach coordinator for Lyonia Environmental Center, will bring some of the center’s reptile ambassadors. She will ...

Explore Volusia: Eco-buggy tour

May 9 @11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Learn about Longleaf Pine Preserve’s plant life and lands as you ride the county’s eco-buggy. Bring lunch and a beverage. Participants will stop for lunch at the pavilion, where they will learn about local sustainability and its importance. Meet at the west entrance, 3637 E. New York Ave., DeLan...

Explore Volusia: Indian River Lagoon paddle

May 15 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Paddlers may encounter manatees and dolphins while exploring the waters of the Indian River Lagoon. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at Mary McLeod Bethune Park, 6656 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental...

MSC - Turtle Tots

May 15 @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

May 16 @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

May 16 @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...

Explore Volusia: Eco-buggy tour

May 18 @9:30 am to 11:30 am
Learn about the importance of scrub habitat during this leisurely eco-buggy ride through Lyonia Preserve. Participants will look for scrub jays, gopher tortoises and other wildlife. After the ride, the group will head inside Lyonia Environmental Center to learn about a native animal while enjoying b...

Explore Volusia: Guided hike

May 23 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Explore the natural world and compare habitat characteristics on an upland and swamp hike of the St. Johns River watershed to compare habitat characteristics. Meet at Hickory Bluff Preserve, 598 Guise Road, Osteen. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outdoor education pr...

Explore Volusia: Lake Monroe paddle and picnic

May 29 @9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Enjoy a paddle from Lakeshore Drive to Gemini Springs Park and back. Participants will learn about the rich history of the area from Parks, Recreation and Culture staff. Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard along with a life preserver, whistle and picnic lunch. Meet at 966 Lakeshore Drive, D...

MSC - Turtle Tots

June 19 @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.org.&nb...

MSC - Turtle Tots

June 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

June 20 @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...

MSC - Turtle Tots

July 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

July 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

July 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...

MSC - Turtle Tots

August 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

August 22 @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

August 22 @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...

MSC - Turtle Tots

September 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

September 19 @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

September 19 @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