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.

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.
DeLand, FL 32720
386-736-5927

Upcoming events

Explore Volusia: Spruce Creek paddle

June 26 @9:00 am to 11:30 am
Enjoy a leisurely paddling trip through Spruce Creek and along the Halifax River to Disappearing Island. Learn about estuary and marsh ecosystems and the biodiversity of these important habitats. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at Doris Leep...

Explore Volusia: Snorkel and swim adventure

June 27 @8:00 am to 10:00 am
Discover the wonders of the underwater ecosystem while snorkeling the high slack tide at Lighthouse Point Park, 500 S. Atlantic Ave., Ponce Inlet. Participants must bring their own snorkeling gear and be able to swim. Those under age 18 must wear a personal flotation device and be accompanied by an ...

Explore Volusia: Indian River Lagoon paddle

July 3 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Paddlers may encounter manatees and dolphins during this leisurely paddling trip on the Indian River Lagoon, the most biodiverse lagoon ecosystem in the Northern Hemisphere. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park, ...

Explore Volusia: Multi-activity eco-adventure

July 11 @9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Bike, hike, swim and test your local environmental knowledge. Participants will ride their bikes on the Spring-to-Spring Trail along Grand Avenue, hike a portion of the trail at DeLeon Springs State Park, and cool off with a snorkel/swim in the spring. Each activity will be followed by questions per...

Explore Volusia: Snorkel and swim adventure

July 12 @8:00 am to 10:00 am
Learn about marine species and discover the wonders of the underwater ecosystem while snorkeling the high slack tide at Lighthouse Point Park, 500 S. Atlantic Ave., Ponce Inlet. Participants must bring snorkel gear and be able to swim. Those under age 18 must wear a personal flotation device and be ...

Explore Volusia: Brunch and learn

July 21 @8:00 am to 9:30 am
Learn about the importance of scrub habitat during a guided stroll through Lyonia Preserve, where you may see scrub jays, gopher tortoises and other wildlife. Afterward, the group will learn about a native animal while enjoying brunch provided by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center. Wear clos...

LEC - Solar science

July 21 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Children ages 5 and older can make a solar print, UV bracelet and solar night light. Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

Explore Volusia: Bike-about Lake Beresford

July 24 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Ride the Lake Beresford Park Trail and a segment of the Spring-to-Spring Trail. Participants will learn about the local environment and the importance of protecting the water quality of Florida’s springs. The emphasis will be on the connectivity of local water bodies. Wear a helmet and bring a bic...

Explore Volusia: Blue Spring snorkeling program

July 27 @8:30 am to 10:30 am
Bring your snorkel gear to explore the spring habitat at Blue Spring State Park, 2100 W. French Ave., Orange City. Participants will learn about the importance of springs while enjoying the crystal clear water. The park will charge its regular admission fee. Those under age 18 must wear a personal f...

LEC - Scrub stroll

September 14 @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 and may b...

LEC - Scrub stroll

October 19 @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...

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

Trey Hannah
Education Coordinator
VolunteerVolusia@volusia.org

Reservations:
386-736-5927

West Volusia
386-736-5927

Daytona Beach
386-254-4612

New Smyrna Beach
386-423-3303

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