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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: Bike-about Spruce Creek

November 22 @9:00 am to 11:30 am
Learn about the local ecosystem as you ride a segment of Martin Dairy Trail in Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. Moderate skill is preferred due to rough terrain, up and down hills, and soft sand. Bring a bicycle and helmet. Meet in the dirt parking lot on Martin Dairy Road, New Smyrna Beach. V...

LEC - Eco-buggy brunch and learn

November 23 @9:30 am to 11:30 am
Keep an eye out for scrub jays, gopher tortoises and other wildlife as you ride through the scrub habitat of Lyonia Preserve. Afterward, the group will meet and learn about a native animal while enjoying brunch provided by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center. There is a limit of 25 participan...

LEC - I'm thankful for whooo?

November 24 @2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Sip some apple cider and make some new friends as we reflect on the people we are thankful for. Participants will upcycle materials to create a unique owl inspired card and ornament. Space and materials are limited. Advance registration is required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. Meet in&nbsp...

Explore Volusia: Indian River Lagoon paddle

November 26 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Paddle from Menard May Park to the Gabordy Canal and back. Participants will learn about the canal’s history and the importance of the lagoon. Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Wear closed-toe water shoes. Meet at 413 S. Riverside Drive, Edgewat...

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    123 W. Indiana Ave.
    DeLand, FL 32720
    (386) 736-2700

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