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

Kayaking on the St Johns River during Explore Volusia program

School Programs

Summer camp program at Lyonia Preserve

Printed Materials / Brochures

Explore Volusia Eco Buggy talk

Other Opportunities / Information

Explore Volusia hike talk

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.

Locations

Marine Science Center
100 Lighthouse Drive 
Ponce Inlet, FL 32127
386-304-5545

Lyonia Environmental Center
2150 Eustace Ave.
Deltona, FL 32725
386-789-7207

Volusia County Environmental
123 West Indiana Ave. Room 202
DeLand, FL 32720
386-736-5927

Upcoming events

Explore Volusia: Guided hike

May 23 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Explore the natural world and compare habitat characteristics on an upland and swamp hike of the St. Johns River watershed to compare habitat characteristics. Meet at Hickory Bluff Preserve, 598 Guise Road, Osteen. Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors outdoor education pr...

Explore Volusia: Lake Monroe paddle and picnic

May 29 @9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Enjoy a paddle from Lakeshore Drive to Gemini Springs Park and back. Participants will learn about the rich history of the area from Parks, Recreation and Culture staff. Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard along with a life preserver, whistle and picnic lunch. Meet at 966 Lakeshore Drive, D...

LEC - Summer Science Saturday

June 8 @10:00 am to 11:30 am
10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8. Harness the power of the sun to make a solar print, a UV bracelet, and a solar sundial to take home. This interactive program is recommended for ages 5 and older. Space is limited to 20 participants. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eus...

LEC - Who's who?

June 15 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 16. Test your wildlife knowledge during this fun, friendly match game for the entire family. Try to match fact cards with the animals they belong to and discover how much you know about bears, bobcats, rattlesnakes and other animals. Meet in Lyonia Environmental Cent...

LEC - A Squirrel’s Guide to Success

June 22 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22. Nearly 300 species of squirrels can glide through the air, outwit rattlesnakes and survive the coldest temperatures of any mammal. Discover the extraordinary abilities of these cheeky nut lovers as a filmmaker puts their problem solving abilities to the test on a spe...

LEC -Florida’s fabulous butterflies

June 29 @10:00 am to 11:30 am
Florida’s fabulous butterflies: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 29. Learn about these important pollinators and their vital role in our ecosystem. Pick up tips on identifying some of the winged beauties and learn how to attract them to your garden. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a...

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Katrina Locke
Sustainability & Natural Resources Director
klocke@volusia.org

Trey Hannah
Education Coordinator
thannah@volusia.org

Danielle Ramsey
Sustainability and Volunteer Coordinator
dramsey@volusia.org

Reservations:
386-736-5927

 

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