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

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...

Explore Volusia: Nighttime eco-buggy tour

March 21 @7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Take a night ride through Longleaf Pine Preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Participants will view the land nocturnally, while hoping to spot a variety of species. Meet at the preserve’s east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental Mana...

LEC - Scrub stroll

March 22 @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

March 23 @9:30 am to 11:00 am
This program spotlights our threatened Florida scrub jay. We will start by learning their calls and interesting facts about their lifestyle. Then we’ll take a stroll into the preserve immersing ourselves in their habitat, keeping our eyes and ears open in hopes of spotting a scrub jay. Binoculars ...

LEC - Family nature explorations: Wildlife tracking

March 23 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Enjoy some screen-free quality time for the whole family while exploring the natural world. Take to the trails of Lyonia Preserve as LEC staff and volunteers guide you on how to track wildlife. We will be searching for tracks, scat, feathers and other signs that wildlife may have left behind. Afterw...

LEC - Light my world

March 24 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
The thought of fireflies or lightning bugs takes many of us back to fond childhood summer evening memories. Did you know there are over 200 species of these enchanting creatures worldwide and over 50 species found in Florida, but not all of them produce light? Learn about this member of the beetle f...

LEC - Popcorn and a movie

March 24 @3:15 pm to 4:15 pm
Bring the family and watch "Animal Misfits." Alongside the fastest, strongest, smartest animals are a collection of implausible creatures whose unusual appearances, amazing adaptations and bizarre behaviors make them misfits in the animal world. At first glance, they seem ill-equipped for survi...

LEC - Scrub stroll

March 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...

Explore Volusia: Eco-buggy tour

March 29 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a riding tour of Deep Creek Preserve, an 8,000-acre natural and agricultural land, and learn about important plant communities. 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. Volus...

Explore Volusia: Turkey talk

March 30 @8:00 am to 10:30 am
Naturalist Ed Northey will discuss the habits and vocalizations of our native subspecies of wild eastern turkey, the Osceola. Participants will learn a myriad of calls, then hike into turkey habitat using these calls to entice a tom to respond. They will also learn and use the calls of crows and owl...

LEC - Blueberry scavenger hunt

March 30 @10:00 am to 11:30 am
LEC staff will lead participants on a guided hike along Lyonia Preserve’s blue trail, where we will learn about the significance of blueberries in nature. Test your observation skills to see how well you can spot these vibrantly colored flowering plants. Wear something blue and your name will be e...

LEC - Frog frolics

March 30 @1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Hop on over to the LEC and celebrate spring with the frogs. LEC staff will discuss some of Central Florida’s amphibians and lead a stroll to Lyonia Preserve’s ephemeral ponds to listen for the sweet spring sound of frogs chorusing. Participants should be prepared to hike two miles on unpaved, su...

LEC - Sunday "shell-abration"

March 31 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The ocean sometimes provides us with wonderful treasures, shells of all shapes and sizes, left on the shore at the tide line. Discover how to identify some of the amazing shells commonly found on Volusia County beaches and about the mollusks that live in those shells. Meet at Lyonia Environm...

LEC - Scrub stroll

April 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 ...

Explore Volusia: Paddle and explore

April 3 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Paddle across the channel from Menard-May Park to explore the local islands. Participants will seine net and hike to discover the wonders of the estuary. Bring a kayak, canoe or paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Wear closed-toe water shoes. Meet at Menard-May Park, 413 S. Riversi...

Explore Volusia: Bike-about Longleaf

April 5 @8:00 am to 10:00 am
Learn about the plants and animals of the wetlands as you ride through Longleaf Pine Preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Bring a bicycle and helmet. Meet at the east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors Explore...

LEC - Scrub stroll

April 5 @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 ...

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...

LEC - Tiny trekkers

April 6 @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 "Gabby and Grandma Go Green." Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. ...

LEC - Gopher tortoise trek

April 6 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Gopher tortoises are considered a keystone species because their burrows provide shelter for hundreds of other animals. Without the gopher tortoise many of these species would possibly not exist  Help us celebrate this reptile and the important role they play in the scrub ecosystem while joinin...

LEC - Solar prints

April 7 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Learn about the cyanotope process, also known as photochemical blueprinting, which was developed in the 1800s by astronomer and scientist Sir John Frederick Herschel. Harness the power of the sun and use materials found in nature to create your own unique sun print to take home. Meet at Lyonia En...

LEC - Scrub stroll

April 8 @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 - Gopher tortoise critter corner

April 10 @11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Florida Gopher Tortoise Day is April 10! These reptiles play an important role in the scrub ecosystem. Join one of the LEC’s experienced animal care volunteers to learn more about this reptile and meet some of our very own reptile animal ambassadors. This program is recommended for ...

LEC - Scrub stroll

April 12 @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...

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.  Boaters, scouts, civic organizations, environmental groups, businesses and individual volunteers are encouraged to join in the effort to remove trash and de...

LEC - Nature movie

April 13 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Bring the family to watch the movie “World’s Fastest Animal." See the world through the eyes of nature’s fastest animal: the peregrine falcon. Though once perilously endangered in the United States, this spectacular predator is now thriving again in American cities and on every conti...

LEC - Popcorn and a movie

April 14 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Watch “Plastic Paradise" at Lyonia Environmental Center. Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is one of the most remote places on earth, yet it has become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent ...

LEC - Jewels in the sand

April 14 @3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
The ocean sometimes sculpts trash into something beautiful and deposits it on its shores for a lucky beachcomber to find. Join us to learn all about sea glass - what it is, how it’s formed, and which colors are the rarest. Participants can use this beachy treasure to make an upcycled take home cra...

LEC - Scrub stroll

April 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...

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...

LEC - Critter corner

April 18 @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 - Sensational serpents

April 20 @9:30 am to 11:30 am
Join us for an engaging and educational classroom presentation featuring some of our resident snakes. Topics will include life history, native versus exotic, venomous versus non-venomous, and more! Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; ca...

LEC - Earth Day Movie

April 20 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Stop by the LEC and watch "Chasing Ice" with us. Acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images that help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions...

LEC - Scrub stroll

April 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 - 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...

Ginger Adair
Director
gadair@volusia.org

Kathy Ebding
Admin Coordinator II
kebding@volusia.org

Phone
386-736-5927