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Ecological paradise abounds in Volusia County with an abundance of natural places to view and experience firsthand.

The county proudly boasts approximately 240,000 acres of conservation lands, 172 linear miles of waterways, and 35 miles of beautiful sandy beaches.

From beautiful clear springs where water bubbles to the surface at 72 degrees year-round, to temperate forests canopied with live oaks, to the sandy uplands of scrub habitat that are remnants of Florida’s past, Volusia County offers a wealth of ecological adventure for all.

In addition, many unique animals and plants flourish within these amazing ecosystems. We invite you to experience these jewels of nature for yourself.


Lyonia Environmental Center, Deltona
Lyonia Environmental Learning Center provides visitors with a unique insight into Volusia County ’s fragile ecosystems. The center promotes an understanding of the county’s natural environment, the heritage it sustains, and the challenges it faces.

Conservation Lands Outreach, Volusia County
Experience and explore the conservation lands of Volusia County through outdoor learning adventures offered by the county's Environmental Management Division.


Great Florida Birding Trail
The Great Florida Birding Trail is a collection of 489 sites throughout Florida selected for their excellent birdwatching or bird education opportunities. This 2,000-mile, self-guided highway trail is designed to conserve and enhance Florida's bird habitat by promoting birdwatching activities, conservation education and economic opportunity.


Marine Science Center, Ponce Inlet
The Marine Science Center offers an innovative learning experience where visitors can explore the rich diversity of marine life in Volusia County. Also an animal hospital, the center cares for and rehabilitates seabirds and sea turtles year-round.

Volusia County Trails
No matter what kind of trail recreation experience you are seeking, you can find enjoyment on one of our various types of trails.


County beaches

Volusia County beaches
Beachfront parks

National beaches

Canaveral National Seashore


Audubon Society
Great Florida Birding Trail
Halifax River Audubon
Southeast Volusia Audubon Society
West Volusia Audubon Society

Conservation Lands

Florida Department of Environmental Protection
The Nature Conservancy
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Geological Society
Volusia/Flagler Sierra Club


Conservation Lands Outreach - Guided hikes


Marine Discovery Center
Marine Science Center


State parks

Blue Spring State Park
DeLeon Springs State Park 
Hontoon Island State Park
North Peninsula State Park
Tomoka State Park

County parks

Parks, Recreation and Culture


Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants
Florida Native Plant Society
Florida Natural Areas Inventory
University of Florida Herbarium


County trails

Volusia County trails

National trails

National Trail System

State trails

Florida Greenways and Trails
Florida Trail Association
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy


St. Johns River Water Management District lands
Blue Spring

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