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Environmental Management

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.

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Get involved

Learn about recycling programs, waterway cleanups and other environmental initiatives.

Green Volusia - Sustainability and Resilience

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

Explore Volusia: Longleaf eco-buggy ride

December 8 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about the importance of the scrub habitat and a keystone species, the gopher tortoise, during this ride through the uplands of Longleaf Pine Preserve. Participants will ride from scrub to wet flatwoods and compare the biodiversity during the transition. Meet near 4201 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna...

Explore Volusia: Frisbee golf and learn

December 9 @9:00 am to 11:30 am
Bring your Frisbee and hiking shoes for this fun way to get to know the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. Participants will learn about the local flora and fauna while enjoying an introduction to Frisbee golf. Meet at 2317 Creek Shore Trail, New Smyrna Beach. Registration is required; ...

LEC - Eco-buggy tour of Lyonia Preserve

December 11 @9:00 am to 10:30 am
Climb aboard as LEC and Explore Volusia staff lead an eco-buggy ride through Lyonia Preserve. The group will explore scrub habitat and learn about this unique ecosystem. Bring water and keep an eye out for scrub jays, gopher tortoises and other wildlife. There is a limit of 15 participants. Regis...

LEC - Homemade for the holidays

December 11 @2:00 pm to 3:30 am
LEC staff and volunteers will guide you through the steps and techniques to reuse, recycle and add a personal touch to the gifts you give. Participants will make several unique take-home gift tags and other upcycled treasures. This program will be offered in the LEC classroom. Registration is req...

LEC - winter bird-watching hike

December 12 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Lyonia Preserve offers a great opportunity to observe a variety of birds while enjoying the winter weather. Join this guided hike and look for migrating feathered friends. Bring water and binoculars and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar sand trails. Wear closed toe shoes, bring water and be pr...

LEC - Mystical mistletoe

December 12 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Did you know that many ancient cultures valued mistletoe for its healing properties? Join staff online or in person to learn more about this treasured plant and its uses throughout history. To register, call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Del...

Explore Volusia: Volunteer and learn

December 13 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about gardening principles for native Florida plants as you walk through the grounds of the Stetson Aquatic Center. The group will put in some volunteer time by weeding, planting and mulching the gardens. Meet at 2636 Alhambra Ave., DeLand. Reservations are required; call 386-736-5927...

LEC - Scrub stroll

December 13 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday. 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: Storm drain marking

December 15 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Visit neighborhoods in northeast Volusia County to learn about the impacts of stormwater, fertilizer and other contaminants on local waterways. The group will put in some volunteer time by marking storm drains with “no dumping” curb markers. Meet at Michael Crotty Bicentennial Park, 1800 N. Oc...

Explore Volusia: Palm Bluff hike

December 16 @1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Explore natural plant communities as you hike through the Palm Bluff Conservation Area. With the wide variety of habitats, this is a great place to go birding. Visitors may see a variety of species, including bluebirds, brown-headed nuthatch, turkeys, wading birds and raptors. Meet in Samsula at the...

Explore Volusia: Bike for whales

December 17 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a leisurely, five-mile ride from Esther Park to Ponce de Leon Inlet and back. Participants will search the nearshore area for the endangered right whale and learn about the majestic animal’s feeding, migrations and general biology. Staff will also discuss other marine mammals. Bring a helmet ...

Explore Volusia: Longleaf bike-about

December 18 @9:00 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. Bring a bicycle and helmet and meet at the east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach. Registration is required; call 386-736-5927. Bri...

LEC - Winter wind-down hike

December 18 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Do the hustle and bustle of the holiday season have you stressed out? Take time to de-stress and join LEC staff and volunteers for a nature hike through Lyonia Preserve. Bring water and be prepared to hike on sugar sand trails. Reservations are required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. Me...

LEC - Nature detectives

December 18 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
If your child is curious about animals and the natural world, join LEC staff for an investigation into scrub animals’ fur, scales, skin, tracks and scat. After the presentation, the group will take a short walk to look for signs of wildlife in Lyonia Preserve. This outdoor program is recommended f...

LEC - 'I spy red' hike

December 19 @10:30 am to 11:30 am
Learn about the plant and animal species that call scrub habitat home during this hike along the trails of Lyonia Preserve. Keep a keen eye out and see how many red items you can find. Wear closed toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar sand trails. Registration is requir...

LEC - Gift the birds

December 19 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
’Tis the season for giving, so why not give a gift to our feathered friends? Staff will discuss the do’s and don’ts of making a treat tree and guide participants in making a hanging bird treat. Learn how you can participate in citizen science activities to help birds. This program will be offe...

LEC - Scrub stroll

December 20 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday. 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: Beach clean-up

December 20 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Learn about the gifts we get from the ocean and some simple things we can do to give back to the ocean. The group will remove plastics and other debris from the beach as a first step to giving back. Meet at Frank Rendon Park,  2705 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach. Registration is required;&n...

Explore Volusia: Halifax River paddle

December 21 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Explore the waters of the mighty Halifax River during this leisurely paddling trip. Leaving from the north side of the Dunlawton Bridge, participants may encounter marine mammals and other wildlife. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at 93 Dun...

Explore Volusia: Beach clean-up

January 1 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
After the New Year celebrations, the beach can be cluttered with trash and debris, including small plastics that can be deadly to marine life. Join Volusia County’s environmental specialists to clean up and start the New Year with a clean beach. The group will also learn about the North Atlantic r...

LEC - Scrub stroll

January 3 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday. 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 be made...

Explore Volusia: National Bird Day

January 5 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Celebrate National Bird Day at the Marine Science Center’s bird hospital. The group will make perches for patients and provided enrichment for resident birds.  Afterward, participants will tour the bird boardwalk to learn about the bird residents and the work at the bird hospital. Meet in the...

Explore Volusia: Deering Preserve paddle

January 6 @9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Paddle the scenic Deep Creek, which connects Lake Ashby to the St. Johns River. Participants will learn about cypress domes, floodplain swamps and the animals that inhabit them. The group will leave from Deering Preserve, a 1,385-acre conservation land that helps protect important ecosystems in the ...

LEC - Scrub stroll

January 10 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday. 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-...

Explore Volusia: Indian River Lagoon hike

January 12 @9:00 am to 10:30 am
Take a short hike around Indian River Lagoon Park to learn about the importance of barrier islands, mangroves and the health of the Indian River Lagoon. Environmental specialists will discuss plant life, water quality and local wildlife on this scenic hike. Meet at 700 Sandpiper St., New Smyrna Be...

Explore Volusia: Bike-about Lake Beresford

January 14 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Ride the Lake Beresford Park trail and a segment of the Spring-to-Spring Trail. Participants will enter Blue Spring State Park to learn about the importance of protecting the water quality of our springs, and the springs’ importance to manatees during winter. A helmet and bicycle are required. The...

Explore Volusia: Eco-buggy ride

January 15 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about important plant communities during this riding tour of Deep Creek Preserve, a 8,000-acre natural and agricultural land. Participants may see carnivorous plants and the rare Sherman’s fox squirrel. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental Man...

Explore Volusia: Hickory Bluff hike

January 19 @9:00 am to 11:30 am
Explore the natural world and compare habitat characteristics during this upland and swamp hike of the St. Johns River watershed. Participants will use the iNaturalist app to enjoy a nature based scavenger hunt through the preserve. Meet at 598 Guise Road, Osteen. Volusia County’s Environmental...

Explore Volusia: Indian River Lagoon paddle

January 20 @9:00 am to 12:30 pm
View wildlife and natural Florida scenery during this leisurely paddling trip. Leaving from Mary McLeod Bethune Park, participants may encounter manatees and dolphins while exploring the waters of the Indian River Lagoon. Bring a kayak, canoe or standup paddleboard, along with a life preserver and w...

Explore Volusia: Mark trails at Deep Creek

January 21 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Join environmental specialists for trail marking at Deep Creek Preserve. Participants will mark the yellow trail with new signs and arrows while learning about dome swamps, basin swamps, and wet and mesic flatwoods. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County’s Environmental...

LEC - Scrub stroll

January 24 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday. 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 required; call 3...

LEC - Scrub stroll

January 31 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday. 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: Bike-about Edgewater

November 4 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Ride the paved path from Cow Creek Road north to the end and back. During this leisurely ride, participants will learn about different habitats and the organisms that live within them. Bicycle and helmets are required. Meet in the parking lot on Cow Creek Road, a quarter mile south of State Road 4...

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