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

Explore Volusia: Eco-buggy tour

November 17 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Ride the county’s eco-buggy through a portion of Lyonia Preserve while looking for Florida scrub jays and learning about the endangered scrub habitat.  Land management practices and prescribed fire will also be discussed. Meet at Lyonia Preserve, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Volusia County...

LEC - Brunch and learn

November 17 @9:30 am to 11:30 am
Learn about the importance of scrub habitat and keep an eye out for scrub jays, gopher tortoises and other wildlife during an eco-buggy ride through Lyonia Preserve. Afterward, meet and learn about a native animal while enjoying brunch, which will be provided by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental C...

LEC - Fall upcycled creations

November 17 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Create several unique take-home crafts using recycled and reused items. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.  Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. ...

LEC - Nature film

November 18 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Watch “Life,” a documentary that presents incredible stories from the natural world. Free popcorn will be served. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.rs and other wildlife. Since moving to Florida in 2004, Stibolt has written four books on Florida gardening and coauthored "Climate-W...

Explore Volusia: Indian River Laggon paddle

November 20 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Join a group paddle along the Indian River Lagoon to the Gabordy Canal. Participants will learn about the canal’s history and the lagoon’s importance. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard along with a life preserver and whistle. Wear closed-toe water shoes. Meet at Menard-May Park, 413 S...

LEC - Creature feature

November 24 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
An animal care volunteer will describe the lifestyles of sea urchins, sea stars and sea cucumbers. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. ...

LEC - The missing piece

November 25 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Learn how to upcycle old jigsaw puzzle pieces into holiday ornaments. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are required; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. 

Explore Volusia: Bike-about Deep Creek

November 27 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a ride around Volusia County’s newest conservation land, Deep Creek Preserve, and learn about the 8,000-acre site’s forestry, agricultural history and plant communities. Bring a bicycle and helmet. Because the trail is unpaved, larger tired bikes are recommended. Meet at 964 S. State Road 4...

Explore Volusia: Marine mammal mayhem

November 29 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about local marine mammals from Debbie Wingfield, Volusia County’s manatee protection program manager. Participants will test water for microplastics, discover the importance of recycling monofilament, and take a short hike to view marine mammals in their natural habitat. Meet at Indian Rive...

Fertilize like a Floridian

November 29 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Learn how to fertilize like a Floridian so you can help protect the Sunshine State’s rivers, springs and aquifer. Mary Rockefeller of the Green Volusia program will explain how to work with Florida’s climate, soil and weather conditions to keep nitrogen and phosphorus pollution out of...

LEC - Tiny trekkers

December 1 @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 “It's Winter." Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. ...

LEC - Popcorn and a movie

December 1 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Watch the PBS documentary “Christmas in Yellowstone,” which shows how the national park’s animals make their way through the most challenging season of the year. Free popcorn will be served. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace ...

LEC - Holiday tunes and lanterns

December 2 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Make a paper lantern out of household and upcycled items. The Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center will play holiday tunes and serve non-alcoholic cider. Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., De...

LEC - Homemade holidays

December 8 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Make several unique gift tags and other upcycled homemade treasures. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. 

LEC - Wind-down winter hike

December 8 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
De-stress and enjoy nature during this guided hike of Lyonia Preserve. Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. ...

LEC - Reindeer rendezvous

December 9 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Families can create rustic reindeers from upcycled items and materials found in nature. The Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center will play holiday tunes and serve non-alcoholic cider. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; call 386-789-...

LEC - Sunset over Lyonia hike

December 13 @4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Enjoy a late-autumn sunset during this guided hike of Lyonia Preserve. Bring a flashlight. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. ...

LEC - Brunch and learn

December 15 @9:30 am to 11:30 am
Learn about the importance of scrub habitat and keep an eye out for scrub jays, gopher tortoises and other wildlife during a stroll through Lyonia Preserve. Afterward, meet and learn about a native animal while enjoying brunch, which will be provided by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center. ...

LEC - Sea, touch and explore

December 15 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
LEC staff and volunteers will share fun facts about sea stars, sea urchins and sea cucumbers. Afterward, participants can meet the center’s saltwater animal ambassadors. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; call 386-789...

LEC - Florida wonderland hike

December 16 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Florida wonderland hike: 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Join staff on a 1.5-mile guided hike to look for Florida scrub jays and learn how scrub habitat benefits the wildlife that live there. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; call 3...

MSC - Turtle Tots

December 19 @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

December 20 @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...

LEC - Critter corner

December 20 @11:00 am to 11:30 am
Stop by the LEC to meet the center’s animal ambassadors. Staff will be available to answer questions. Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. ...

MSC - Turtle Tots

December 20 @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 - A reptile's winter

December 22 @10:00 am to 11:30 am
Learn what turtles, lizards, alligators and other native reptiles do to survive the colder months. Participants will meet the center’s reptilian animal ambassadors. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028...

LEC - Popcorn and a movie

December 22 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Watch “Polar Express,” a modern-day classic about a boy who takes a train ride to the North Pole. Free popcorn and hot cocoa will be served. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requi...

Kids' holiday countdown

December 23 @1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Parents can leave their children ages 5 to 12 at Lyonia Environmental Center so they can do some last-minute shopping. The children will enjoy live animal encounters, games, popcorn and a movie. The cost is $10 for the first child and $5 for each additional child. Space is limited, and advance ...

LEC - Jay walking

December 29 @9:30 am to 11:30 am
Learn about Florida scrub jays and practice their calls in the LEC classroom. Afterward, the group will walk through Lyonia Preserve to look for the charismatic birds. Bring binoculars and a camera if you have them. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.  Reserva...

LEC - What's on the menu?

December 29 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Meet the center’s animal ambassadors and learn how, who and what they eat, and how they avoid being eaten. The presentation will be followed by a live feeding demonstration. The LEC is part of the Deltona Regional Library complex at 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested...

Sunday 'shell-abration'

December 30 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Learn how to identify some of the shells found on Volusia County’s beaches and uncover information about the mollusks that live in them. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, which is part of the Deltona Regional Library complex at 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.  Reservations are reque...

MSC - Turtle Tots

January 16 @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

January 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

January 17 @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 - Wildlife Festival

February 9 @10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Take a walk on the wild side as Lyonia Environmental Center (LEC) presents the Wildlife Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. The festival will feature Florida wildlife presentations, environmental displays, kids’ activities, and guided hikes and eco-buggy tours of Lyonia Pr...

MSC - Turtle Tots

February 20 @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

February 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

February 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...

MSC - Turtle Tots

March 20 @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 @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...

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...

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, 2019.   Boaters, scouts, civic organizations, environmental groups, businesses and individual volunteers are encouraged to join in the effort to remove trash an...

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...

Ginger Adair
Director
gadair@volusia.org

Kathy Ebding
Admin Coordinator II
kebding@volusia.org

 

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