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Educational programs

Due to recent COVID-19 guidance from the County of Volusia the Lyonia Environmental Center has suspended all in-person programs until further notice. All exhibits remain open to the public. Visitors are welcome to explore the Center through self-guided tours. All virtual options remain available.

The naturalist staff and volunteers at Lyonia Environmental Center provide a vast array of educational programs - from classroom programs to guided hikes - throughout the year. 

Public programs

Photo of child interacting with manatee exhibitWhether your interest lies in Florida wildlife, conservation issues, gardening, the arts, or you just love getting out in nature, we have a program to fit your needs! For more information, or if you have a program idea, please contact Melissa Hughes at or 386-789-7207, ext. #21027.

Homeschool programs

Photo of boy with microscopeThe LEC offers a variety of hands-on, interactive learning experiences that cover a broad range of environmental topics for homeschoolers. Our classrooms offer many resources to enhance your scientific learning experience including microscopes, dip nets, magnifiers, compasses, GPS units and more. You may choose an activity from a list of FCAT and Sunshine State Standards programs offered by the center. If you prefer, the LEC staff can customize a program to accommodate a topic of your choice. Programs for the 2020-2021 school year. For more information or to book a program, please contact Shari Smith at or 386-789-7207, ext. 21026.

Group tours

Whether you are a novice group of naturalists or seasoned explorers we encourage all environmental enthusiasts to join us in learning about one of Florida’s unique ecosystems, the scrub. Our exceptional educational tours include in-depth discussions of the exhibits in the gallery, “green” elements of our LEED-certified building and guided hikes in Lyonia Preserve. Tours are perfect for collegiate student groups, profit and not-for-profit organizations, Florida master naturalists, environmental clubs, etc. For more information or to book a tour, please contact Shari Smith at or 386-789-7207, ext. #21026.

Scout programs

Graphic of Boy Scout and Girl Scout logoLooking to fulfill a badge requirement for your Boy Scout or Girl Scout group? Lyonia Environmental Center offers a variety of programs that can help you meet your requirements. Our nature-based programs cover environmental science, conservation, bird studies, hiking and much, much more! The LEC staff also can customize a program that will best fit your needs. For more information or to book a program, please contact Melissa Hughes at or 386-789-7207, ext. #21027.

Day camps

Are you looking for a fun, educational camp for your kids? Look no further! The LEC offers week-long nature-themed camps for children ages 6 to 14. We have camp during winter break, spring break, and eight weeks of summer break. Check back here for dates and times and how to register. 

School field trips

The LEC offers a variety of programs that will take students and visitors on a journey inside our classrooms and along the Lyonia Preserve trails. Your group can enjoy interpretive tours of the LEC gallery and Lyonia Preserve, or you can customize your day from a menu of programs linked to FCAT and Sunshine State Standards. Find additional information about School Field Trips here. To schedule a program, please contact Sandy Falcon at or 386-789-7207, ext. #21025.

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The Green Volusia program is a long-term initiative designed to provide residents and visitors with information about green, or sustainable, practices.

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