Learn about Volusia County’s conservation lands and land management practices during free Explore Volusia programs. Environmental specialists will lead a variety of outdoor adventures.
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.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED // CALL 386-736-5927
Hickory Bluff paddle: 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6
Explore the ecosystems along the St. Johns River during this leisurely paddling trip. Participants will learn about the Florida manatee and the area’s biodiversity. Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle.
Meet at Hickory Bluff Preserve, 598 Guise Road, Osteen.
Indian River guided hike: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8
Take a short hike around Indian River Lagoon Park to learn about the importance of barrier islands, mangroves and the health of the Indian River Lagoon. Environmental specialists will discuss plant life, water quality and local wildlife on this scenic hike.
Meet at 700 Sandpiper St., New Smyrna Beach.
Bike-about Green Springs: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12
Experience the natural world while riding the first segment of the East Central Regional Rail Trail from Green Springs to State Road 415 and back. All ages and abilities are welcome on this 11.4-mile round trip. A bicycle and helmet are required.
Meet at Green Springs Park, 994 Enterprise-Osteen Road, Enterprise.
Eco-buggy tour: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14
Learn about the importance of the Florida scrub habitat and the gopher tortoise during this ride through the uplands of Longleaf Pine Preserve. Participants will travel from scrub to wet flatwoods and compare the biodiversity during the transition.
Meet near 4201 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach.
Bike-about Deep Creek: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16
Explore some of the important plant communities of Deep Creek Preserve during a peddling tour of the 8,000-acre natural and agricultural land. Participants may see carnivorous plants and the rare Sherman’s fox squirrel. A bicycle and helmet are required.
Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, New Smyrna Beach.
Highbridge paddle: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19
Learn about restoration in areas of the Tomoka River and strategies for restoring mangroves, oysters and salt marshes. The importance of these habitats and some of the creatures that inhabit them will also be discussed. Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle.
Meet at Highbridge Park, 39 Highbridge Road, Ormond Beach.
Clark Bay guided hike: 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20
Observe a variety of habitats, including uplands and pine mesic flatwoods, during this scenic hike through Clark Bay Conservation Area, a wildlife corridor with a five-mile looping trail. Directions will be provided upon registration.
Bulow Creek guided hike: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26
Enjoy one of the few remaining stands of southern live oak forest along Florida’s east coast. Participants will start at the Fairchild Oak, one of the largest live oak trees in the South, and hike a small trail around this historic area.
Meet at Bulow Creek State Park, 3351 Old Dixie Highway, Ormond 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.