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

LEC - Scrub stroll

October 18 @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 - Tiny trekkers

October 19 @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 “Bats in a Band.” Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. ...

LEC - 'Making sense of nature' hike

October 19 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Let’s engage our senses and explore Lyonia Preserve through listening, smelling, looking, and/or touching. Discover what nature has to offer our senses as we guide you in this great outdoor experience!  Participants should dress appropriately for the weather, bring water and be prepared to hi...

LEC - Popcorn and a movie: "Magic of the Snowy Owl"

October 20 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
A team of intrepid filmmakers provides an intimate look at the snowy owl, a bird made popular by Harry Potter’s faithful companion Hedwig. Though “snowies” naturally stand out for their beauty, intelligence and charm, in their eerie, bleak Arctic home, it is their determination and survival sk...

LEC - Scrub stroll

October 21 @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: Hickory Bluff paddle

October 23 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Explore the ecosystems along the St. Johns River as you learn about the Florida manatee and the area’s biodiversity. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at 598 Guise Road, Osteen. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sp...

LEC - Beneficial bats

October 24 @2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Do you know how fast bats can fly or how they talk to each other? Join staff and animal care volunteers to learn the answers to these questions and more fun facts about bats. This program is designed for all ages and we encourage participants to ask questions, explore and have fun! ...

Explore Volusia: Hontoon Island hike

October 25 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a three-mile hike through Hontoon Island State Park and learn about the 1650-acre habitat. See evidence of Native American habitation over thousands of years. Meet at 2309 River Ridge Road, DeLand. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outdoor education programs to ac...

LEC - Scrub stroll

October 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 - Halloween among the trees

October 26 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Bring your favorite little goblins to enjoy a non-spooky time that includes crafts, hot apple cider and close encounters with some of our scaly reptile animal ambassadors. Search for some creepy, crawling creature tracks along Lyonia Preserve's rusty root trail. Afterward, enjoy friendly costum...

LEC - Bats: Beauty of the beasts

October 26 @1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Bats are not the creepy, scary and vicious animals they are sometimes believed to be. However, bats do rank very high on the list of most disliked species and are greatly misunderstood. Encouraging bats to nest near your house with a bat box is a natural way to repel annoying insects in yo...

LEC - 'Fall is in the air' hike

October 27 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Spend some time outdoors on a guided hike through beautiful Lyonia Preserve as we learn about the plants and animals that call the preserve home.  Participants should dress appropriately for the weather, wear closed toed shoes, bring water and be prepared to hike on unpaved, sugar sand trails f...

Explore Volusia: Eco-buggy tour

October 29 @7:30 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 keeping an eye out for a variety of plant and animal species. Meet at the preserve’s east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’...

Explore Volusia: Tracks, scat and skulls

October 31 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a ride through the Heart Island Conservation Area, part of the 35,280-acre Lake George Wildlife Management Area. Learn about local wildlife and participate in an activity to determine which animals have been in the area. Meet at 6348 Lake Winona Road, De Leon Springs. Volusia County’s Envi...

LEC - Scrub stroll

November 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

November 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 “Little Frog and the Scary Autumn Thing.” Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are required; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  ...

LEC - Biomimicry

November 2 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Products such as Velcro, Fastskin and strong building materials have been inspired by nature and adopted by humans to solve problems. Ashley Ambert, Volusia County’s manatee protection program associate, will explore nature's genius solutions to sustainability challenges. After the presentation, p...

LEC - Books, buttons and bouquets

November 3 @2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Upcycle old books and buttons into beautiful fall flowers during this fun, festive workshop. Staff and participants will share stories of their favorite books over tea and cookies. A drawing will be held for a book and button floral arrangement. Space and materials are limited. Advance registrati...

LEC - Scrub stroll

November 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;...

LEC - Scrub stroll

November 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...

LEC - 'Patterns in nature' hike

November 9 @9:30 am to 11:00 am
Patterns can be found everywhere in nature. These patterns are a result of how things grow and are organized. LEC staff and volunteers will guide participants on this exploratory hike to see which patterns can be found in nature.  Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustac...

Wildlife Fest

November 9 @10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Celebrate Volusia County’s native plants and animals during Wildlife Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Marine Science Center, 100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet. Attendees can meet glove-trained birds of prey, observe sea turtles undergoing rehabilitation, and visit booths sta...

LEC - Nature film

November 9 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Sit back and enjoy BBC Earth’s “Frozen Planet.” Encounter spectacles in the Arctic and Antarctic and get close-up views of polar bears, penguins, wolves and orcas. Witness the most extraordinary examples of survival against the odds. Popcorn will be provided. Drinks will be available for purch...

LEC - The right stuff

November 10 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
With fewer than 400 remaining, North Atlantic right whales are some of the most endangered whales in the world. They are typically sighted off Florida’s coastlines between November and April. Learn why these whales are coming to our area, why they are endangered, and what wildlife officials are do...

LEC - Scrub stroll

November 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 ...

LEC - Creature feature

November 14 @2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
How fast can a turkey run and fly? How do they communicate with each other? LEC staff and animal care volunteers will answer these questions and share more fun facts about turkeys. This program is designed for all ages. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Delt...

LEC - 'Sunset over Lyonia' hike

November 14 @4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
LEC staff will guide participants on a hike into Lyonia Preserve to enjoy the picturesque view of an autumn sunset. Bring a flashlight. Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. ...

LEC - Scrub stroll

November 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; call...

LEC - Tiny trekkers

November 16 @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 "A Manatee Morning." Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. ...

LEC - Scrub stroll

November 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; call&...

LEC - Scrub stroll

November 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; call ...

LEC - Manatees on the move

November 23 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
As winter approaches, manatees begin migrating inland to seek refuge in our freshwater springs. Join LEC staff as we learn about these amazing creatures and their travels. Afterward, one participant will win a “Save the Manatee” holiday ornament.   Advance registration is required; call ...

LEC - I'm thankful for whooo?

November 24 @2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Sip some apple cider and make some new friends as we reflect on the people we are thankful for. Participants will upcycle materials to create a unique owl inspired card and ornament. Space and materials are limited. Advance registration is required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. Meet in ...

LEC - Scrub stroll

November 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; call&...

LEC - Scrub stroll

December 2 @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 - 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 - 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 ...

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 - 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;...

Ginger Adair
Director
gadair@volusia.org

Kathy Ebding
Admin Coordinator II
kebding@volusia.org

Phone
386-736-5927