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Environmental Management

Deep Creek Preserve

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.

Environmental Interactive Map Tracker
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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 - Scrub stroll

December 6 @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 ...

LEC - Spring vegetable gardening

December 7 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Joe Sewards will discuss some alternative methods of growing vegetables that work even if you have limited space. He will also share information on other methods to grow plants including hydroponics and containers. Sewards is an urban horticulture agent and master gardener coordinator for the U...

LEC - Tiny trekkers

December 7 @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 “Sleep Black Bear, Sleep.” Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are required; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. 

LEC - Popcorn and a movie

December 8 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Bring the family to watch “Christmas in Yellowstone.” As snow falls and Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a holiday season of a different sort settles over the great winter world of Yellowstone. Breathtaking landscapes frame intimate scenes as the animal residents make their way th...

LEC - Scrub stroll

December 9 @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: Eco-buggy tour

December 10 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about important plant communities during this riding tour of Deep Creek Preserve. Participants may see Volusia County’s endemic paw paw, carnivorous plants and the Sherman’s fox squirrel. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Divisi...

Explore Volusia: Indian River paddle

December 12 @9:00 am to 11:30 am
Look for marine mammals during this leisurely paddling trip leaving from Mary McLeod Bethune Park. Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at 6656 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors ...

LEC - 'Sunset over Lyonia' hike

December 12 @4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Break up your work week and wrap up your day with this fun outdoor exploration. LEC staff will guide participants as we embark on a hike into the preserve to enjoy the picturesque view of a sunset over Lyonia Preserve. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and bring water and a flashli...

LEC - Scrub stroll

December 13 @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

December 14 @9:30 am to 11:30 am
Learn about the importance of scrub habitat as environmental specialists guide you on a stroll through the diverse landscape of Lyonia Preserve. Keep an eye out for scrub jays, gopher tortoises and other wildlife. After the hike, we’ll talk about a native animal while enjoying the brunch provided ...

LEC - Homemade for the holidays

December 14 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Gifts made with love are the most appreciated of all. That’s why this year we are offering children the chance to craft seasonal creations perfect for holiday gift giving. Skip the mall lines and join us for a cozy day of merriment and gift making. Don’t miss this opportunity for your kids to ma...

LEC - 'Frosty fun' upcycled ornaments

December 15 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Get in the holiday spirit with LEC staff and volunteers as we create snowman ornaments made from upcycled materials. Sip a cup of hot cocoa while we finish up with a fun game of snowman bingo, you may even win a prize! Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  Meet ...

LEC - Scrub stroll

December 16 @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 ...

Explore Volusia: Eco-buggy tour

December 17 @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, including wet flatwoods, cypress domes and wet prairies. Learn about land management practices while riding through the dive...

Explore Volusia: Bike for whales

December 19 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Search for endangered right whales during this five-mile ride from Esther Street Beachfront Park to Ponce DeLeon Inlet and back. Participants will learn about the majestic animals’ feeding, migrations and general biology. Wear a helmet and bring a bicycle; large-tired bikes are recommended. Meet a...

LEC - Critter corner

December 19 @11:00 am to 11:30 am
Why do snakes shed their skin? How can you tell the difference between alligators and crocodiles? Join one of the LEC’s animal care volunteers to learn the answers to these questions and facts about the center’s resident animals. This program is recommended for all ages. Meet at Lyonia E...

LEC - Scrub stroll

December 20 @9:00 am to 11:00 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 Palm Bluff

December 21 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a ride through St. Johns River Water Management District’s Palm Bluff Conservation Area and explore the eight distinct natural plant communities. With its wide variety of habitats, this is a great place to go birding. Visitors may see a variety of species, including bluebirds, brown-headed nu...

LEC - Tiny trekkers

December 21 @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 “Grumpy Badger’s Christmas.” Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. ...

LEC - Popcorn and a movie

December 21 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Watch "Polar Express" and follow along as a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole. Popcorn will be provided. Drinks will be available for purchase. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested;...

LEC - All about mistletoe

December 22 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Kissing under the mistletoe is a well-known holiday tradition. Did you know that many ancient cultures valued this plant for its healing properties? Join LEC education staff to learn more about this hemi-parasitic plant and its uses throughout history. Create a mistletoe inspired greeting card to gi...

LEC - Scrub stroll

December 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...

Explore Volusia: Callalisa Creek paddle

December 24 @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 canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at 598 S. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna B...

LEC - Scrub stroll

December 27 @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 ...

LEC - Jay walking

December 28 @9:30 am to 11:00 am
This program spotlights our threatened Florida scrub jay. You’ll start by learning their calls and interesting facts about their lifestyle. Then you’ll take a stroll with LEC staff into the preserve to immerse yourself in their habitat in hopes of spotting a scrub jay. Binoculars and cameras are...

LEC - Winter by the wetland hike

December 28 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Join LEC staff for this exploratory hike into Lyonia Preserve’s large ephemeral wetland. You’ll hear about the plant and animal species that are dependent upon this intermittent body of water. We will be looking for signs of winter along our trek. Participants should bring water and wear long pa...

LEC - Wind down winter hike

December 29 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join us for an hour long leisurely hike through Lyonia Preserve. Let the sounds of nature calm your spirit after all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. We might even encounter the beautiful Florida scrub jay! Participants should bring water, wear long pants and closed toed shoes, and be pr...

LEC - Scrub stroll

December 30 @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

January 3 @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

January 6 @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

January 10 @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

January 13 @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...

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