Learn about Volusia County’s conservation lands and land management practices during free Explore Volusia programs in June. Environmental specialists will lead a nature hike, two paddling trips and a snorkeling adventure.
With social distancing in mind, each program will be limited to eight persons. Participants must register at least 48 hours before the program.
Only registrants will be allowed to participate. To register, call (386) 736-5927.
Upcoming events include:
Spruce Creek guided hike:
9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 9
Learn about the importance of estuaries while hiking through Spruce Creek Park, 6250 S. Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange. Participants will try their hand at seine netting and learn how to identify local fish, birds and plants. Wear closed-toe shoes.
Indian River paddle:
9 to 11 a.m. Friday, June 12
Make a short paddle across the channel from Menard-May Park to explore local islands in the Indian River. Participants will seine net and hike to discover the wonders of the estuary. Wear closed toe water shoes and bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at Menard-May Park, 413 S. Riverside Drive, Edgewater.
Blue Spring snorkeling:
8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 16
Bring your snorkel gear to explore the spring habitat and learn about the importance of springs while enjoying the crystal clear, 72 degree water. Participants must be able to swim. Those under age 18 must wear a personal flotation device and be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times. The park will charge its regular admission fee. Meet at Blue Spring State Park, 2100 W. French Ave., Orange City.
Callalisa Creek paddle:
9 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 19
Enjoy a backwater paddle through a maze of mangroves as you navigate oyster beds, learn about mosquito canals, and see a variety of birds. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at 598 S. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach.
Participants should bring water and insect repellent. They should wear comfortable clothes and hiking or walking shoes.
Explore Volusia staff has established public program procedures based on current guidelines. These procedures are subject to change based on guidance at the local, state and federal levels. Contact staff for more information.