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.
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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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.
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 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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Learn about recycling programs, waterway cleanups and other environmental initiatives.
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.
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.
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.
Employees in this division protect and conserve regional ecosystems and animal and plant species through habitat conservation, restoration, education, and enhancement initiatives.
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.
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.
March 6 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about the importance of estuaries while hiking through Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Park. Participants will try their hand at seine netting and learn how to identify fish, birds and plants. Meet at 3251 N. Dixie Highway, New Smyrna Beach.
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March 6 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Join staff from the Atlantic Center for the Arts for this hike through Lyonia Preserve. The group will explore the sounds and rhythms of the urban and natural world. Participating in a soundwalk can help people of all ages relieve stress, gain focus and develop a deeper understanding of how we fit i...
March 6 @10:00 am to 10:30 am
Children ages 2 to 7 can enjoy a reading of “Buzzing Bees” and then follow along as an LEC volunteer guides them virtually through an activity.
An adult must register and be present throughout the program. An online link and list of activity supplies will be provided upon registration. ...
March 10 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Join staff from DeBary Hall and Environmental Management on this eco-buggy ride into the past. Participants will learn about local flora and fauna, along with the area’s rich history, while exploring Tiger Bay State Forest and Old Daytona Road. Meet at 4316 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona...
March 11 @9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Explore the waters near Blue Spring State Park while learning about local wildlife and the area’s history. During this seven-mile paddle, participants will paddle through history by taking old logging canals back through Snake Creek. Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life ...
March 11 @10:00 am to 11:30 am
Learn about these important pollinators and their vital role in the ecosystem during this virtual presentation. Grab your brunch and learn how to identify some of the winged beauties that can be found in Volusia County. Staff will also share ideas on how to attract them to your garden.
March 12 @9:00 am to 10:30 am
Take a walk through Longleaf Pine Preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps as you learn about the connections between soils and the plant and animal communities of the wetlands. Meet at the preserve’s west entrance, 3637 E. New York Ave, DeLand.
With social distancing in mind, this prog...
March 13 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Lyonia Preserve is home to many types of native blueberry plants. Their flowers attract a variety of pollinators, including bees, butterflies and moths. The fruits are consumed by birds, bears and other wildlife. Participants will be led on a guided hike along Lyonia Preserve’s blue trail, where t...
March 18 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Ride the Lake Beresford Park Trail and a segment of the Spring-to-Spring Trail. Participants will learn about the local environment and the importance of protecting the water quality of local springs. The emphasis will be on the connectivity of local water bodies. Wear a helmet and bring a bicycle. ...
March 20 @8:30 am to 10:30 am
Learn about the plants and animals of the wetlands during this leisurely ride through Longleaf Pine Preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Wear a helmet and bring a bicycle. Meet at the preserve’s east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach.
With social distancing in mind, th...
March 20 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Join staff for a stroll through the trails of Lyonia Preserve to celebrate the beginning of spring. The group will observe the sights and sounds that come with the changing of the season.
Wear closed toe shoes, bring water and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar sand trails.
Meet at Lyonia E...
March 24 @9:00 am to 11:30 am
Take a short paddle across the channel from Menard May Park to explore the local islands. Participants will be seine netting and hiking to discover the wonders of the estuary. Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at 413 S. Riverside Drive, Edgew...
March 25 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a ride through the 1,400-acre Wiregrass Prairie Preserve, which is situated 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 di...
March 27 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
March through September is shorebird breeding season along Florida's coastal habitats. Unfortunately, shorebirds and seabirds face many challenges when they build their nests on beaches.
During this virtual program, Jean Olbert, a shorebird biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservatio...