Explore Volusia

Mission statement: To provide education opportunities to residents and visitors of Volusia County, through our satellite facilities and on our Conservation Lands, to learn about our diverse local natural surroundings through the exploration of the wonderfully diverse habitats of Volusia County.

Conservation Lands Programs

School Programs

Printed Materials / Brochures

Other Opportunities / Information

Volusia County is home to a vast array of biodiversity and aesthetically pleasing habitats. Its water resources range from our beautiful Ocean to Estuarine Marine life, and extend to the St. Johns River where fresh water pours out of natural springs. Inland, Volusia County has conservation lands which are part of a statewide effort to provide a wildlife corridor and natural habitat where bear, deer and other wildlife live and thrive in the wild.

By visiting our two site facilities, the Marine Science Center (Ponce Inlet) and Lyonia Environmental Center (Deltona), visitors will be afforded the opportunity to truly Experience Natural Volusia while learning from knowledgeable staff members and volunteers. In addition, citizens will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of Florida, its habitats, and the uniqueness of its qualities through the exploration of our conservation lands. Various programs such as water body paddles, bike hikes, and water testing will be offered throughout the year.

We encourage everyone to explore the exceptional habitats that encompass Volusia County. Please keep checking the calendar and websites for exciting and adventurous programs on Volusia County’s Conservation Lands, the Marine Science Center, and the Lyonia Environmental Center.

We have created a course catalog that lists all of the educational program offerings within Environmental Management.  There is also a list of brochures and fact sheets for a variety of plants, animals and subjects available for the public to download. We plan to develop additional multi-media materials to broaden our ability to educate our residents and visitors.

If you see a course of interest please contact Environmental Management at 386-736-5927 for more information.

If you would like to be put on our mailing list for announcements of scheduled classes throughout Environmental Management, including the MSC, LEC and Conservation Lands, please sign up for our mailing list.


Marine Science Center
100 Lighthouse Drive 
Ponce Inlet, FL 32127

Lyonia Environmental Center
2150 Eustace Ave.
Deltona, FL 32725

Volusia County Environmental
123 West Indiana Ave. Room 202
DeLand, FL 32720

Upcoming events

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...

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...

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 - 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...

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Katrina Locke
Sustainability & Natural Resources Director

Trey Hannah
Education Coordinator

Danielle Ramsey
Sustainability and Volunteer Coordinator



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