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. Room 202
DeLand, FL 32720
386-736-5927

Upcoming events

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. ...

Explore Volusia: Brunch and learn

December 15 @9:30 am to 11:30 am
Learn about the importance of scrub habitat while strolling through Lyonia Preserve and looking for scrub jays, gopher tortoises and other wildlife. Afterward, the group will meet and learn about a native animal while enjoying brunch, which will be provided. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150...

Explore Volusia: Bike for whales

December 18 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a leisurely five-mile ride from Esther Park to Ponce de Leon Inlet and back while searching the nearshore area for endangered right whales. While chances of seeing the wonderful creatures is low because of their small population, participants will learn about their feeding habits, migrations an...

Explore Volusia: Blue Spring paddle

December 20 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Paddlers can explore the Blue Spring State Park area as they learn about the area’s history and wildlife, water quality, and the importance of Florida’s springs as a manatee refuge. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at the end of West Fren...

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

Trey Hannah
Education Coordinator
VolunteerVolusia@volusia.org

Reservations:
386-736-5927

 

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