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Nature and Environmental Events with the Lyonia Environmental Center

The Lyonia Environmental Center (LEC) offers insights into Volusia County’s fragile ecosystems through hands-on displays and educational programs. It’s part of the Deltona regional Library complex at 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

The center’s environmental specialists and volunteers promote an understanding of the county’s natural environment, the heritage it sustains, and the challenges it faces. 

Admission is always free!

NEW Hours of Operation (as of Friday, October 1, 2021):

  • Tuesday through Saturday  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Sundays 10:00 am  – 4 pm
  • Closed Mondays

LEC 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. Programs may be modified at any time as needed.

Learn about other upcoming events at www.lyoniapreserve.com.

A variety of events are held throughout the county each month, find the upcoming schedule below:

May 14 @ 2 – 3 PM – Poisonous plants

Learn about some poisonous Florida plants you may want to remove from your yard, especially if you have young children or pets. Participants can join in person or virtually for this classroom presentation. An online link will be provided upon registration.

Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona

Registration is required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. 

May 15 @ 10 – 11 AM – Fabulous fungi

Learn the fungi basics, how to identify them and what they do for the ecosystem during this stroll through Lyonia PreserveWear closed toe shoes, bring water and be prepared to hike on sugar sand trails.

Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. 

Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

May 15 @ 2 – 3 PM – Sunday fun day

Children ages 5 and up can make butterfly lifecycle bracelets with their families. Staff will share fun facts about butterflies, their lifecycle and importance to the ecosystem.

Reservations are required. Call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. A link will be sent upon registration.

May 19 @ 10 – 11 AM – Seeds for birds

Native plants produce seeds that are important to birds throughout all seasons. Birds flock to these plants for these seeds as well as their fruit and nectar. Join Steve Kintner, vice president of West Volusia Audubon Society, in the LEC pollinator garden as he discusses different types of seed producing plants that do well in Volusia County. Participants will receive a free native plant.

Reservations are required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028.

Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

May 20 @ 9 – 10 AM – Scrub stroll

Environmental specialists lead hikes through the scrub habitat of Lyonia Preserve every Friday morning. Be on the lookout for Florida scrub jays, gopher tortoises and other scrub animals.

Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails.

May 21 @ 8:30 – 10 AM – Jay walking

This program spotlights the threatened Florida scrub jay. Participants will start in the classroom by learning their calls and facts about their lifestyle. Then they will  take a stroll with LEC staff into Lyonia Preserve to immerse themselves in scrub habitat in hopes of spotting a scrub jay. Bring binoculars and cameras if you have them. Wear closed toe shoes, bring water and be prepared to hike on sugar sand trails.

Reservations are required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028.

Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring drinking water, and be prepared to hike on sugar sand trails.

May 21 @ 2 – 3 PM – “Wings of Life”

Watch “Wings of Life,” an intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bats, bees and flowers. Narrated by Meryl Streep, the film is a celebration of life as a third of the world’s food supply depends on these incredible and increasingly threatened creatures.

Advance registration is required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. 

Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

May 22 @ 10 – 11 AM – Native plant hike

 Join Sonya Guidry of the Florida Native Plant Society on a guided hike that will focus on flowering plants that have adapted to life in the unique scrub habitat of Lyonia Preserve. Wear closed toe shoes, bring water and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar sand trails.

Registration is required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. A link will be sent upon registration.

May 26 @ 10 – 11 AM – Tuirfgrass talk

Brittany Council-Morton, an urban horticulture agent with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, will explain how to identify lawn turf and scout for insects. She will also discuss common turf grass diseases and provide a set of procedures for individualized care and maintenance. Participants can join in person or virtually for this classroom presentation. An online link will be provided upon registration.

Lyonia Environmental Center staff will present this program virtually. An online link will be provided upon registration. 

To register, call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028.

May 27 @ 9 – 10 AM – Scrub stroll

Environmental specialists lead hikes through the scrub habitat of Lyonia Preserve every Friday morning. Be on the lookout for Florida scrub jays, gopher tortoises and other scrub animals.

Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails.

May 27 @ 1 – 8 PM – Beachfront Lighting Expo

Oceanfront property owners can learn how to light their properties without endangering nesting sea turtles and hatchlings during a free Beach Lighting Expo from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 27, in the Daytona Beach Shores Community Center, 3000 Bellemead Drive.

Staff from Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division, along with other industry experts, will educate residents about sea turtles, the county’s lighting ordinance, individual property issues and appropriate beachside lighting methods.

Agencies and nonprofits that support environmentally friendly initiatives will also be on site. They include the Volusia Habitat Conservation Plan, Volunteer Volusia, Marine Science Center, Sea Turtle Conservancy, New Smyrna Beach Turtle Trackers, Volusia Turtle Patrol, Coastal Connections, Ecological Associates and the Marine Discovery Center.

Local businesses and manufacturers will display their sea turtle friendly products, which include lighting fixtures, shields, tinting and blinds. Vendors will include Florida Power & Light, SESCO Lighting, Florida Lighting Associates, Blue Square, Lighting Aesthetics, SELS Solar, ET&T and others.

Oceanfront property owners and managers, contractors, hospitality staff and others are encouraged to attend. For more information about the expo or the county’s sea turtle program, call 386-238-4773 or email nweiss@volusia.org.

This event is sponsored by Volusia County in partnership with the City of Daytona Beach Shores.

May 28 @ 10:30 – 11:30 AM – “The Incredible Journey of Butterflies”

“The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies” flies along with monarch butterflies on their incredible across North America, visiting spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way. Movie watchers will receive native milkweed seeds to plant at home to help this beautiful species survive. 

Reservations are required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028.

Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. 

May 28 @ 2 – 3 PM – Magnificent monarchs workshop

Increase your knowledge about some of Volusia County’s butterflies and their host plants. Staff will lead participants in constructing rearing cases and give instructions on raising monarch butterflies at home. Participants will take home a milkweed plant to begin the process. The cost is $15 per rearing cage. Space is limited to 10 participants.

Reservations are required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028.   

Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. 

May 29 @ 2 – 3 PM – Critter corner

Explore the LEC and meet the center’s animal ambassadors. Animals will be handled by trained staff who will be happy to answer your questions.

Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. 

Registration is required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. 

June 3 @ 9 – 10 AM – Scrub stroll

Environmental specialists lead hikes through the scrub habitat of Lyonia Preserve every Friday morning. Be on the lookout for Florida scrub jays, gopher tortoises and other scrub animals.

Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails.

June 5 @ 10 – 11 AM – Critter corner

Explore the LEC and meet the center’s animal ambassadors. Staff will handle the animals and answer questions.

June 5 @ 2 – 3 PM – Saltwater tank feeding

oin staff at the saltwater aquarium as they feed the center’s marine animal ambassadors. Menu items include krill, seaweed and shrimp. Discover which critters enjoy that menu, their unique eating methods, and the important role each plays in our ecosystem.

Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

Registration is required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. 

June 10 @ 9 – 10 AM – Scrub stroll

Environmental specialists lead hikes through the scrub habitat of Lyonia Preserve every Friday morning. Be on the lookout for Florida scrub jays, gopher tortoises and other scrub animals.

Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails.

June 11 @ 10 – 11 AM – Tiny trekkers

Children ages 2 to 7 can take a short hike, make a take-home craft and listen to the book “To the Beach.” Wear closed toe shoes,bring water and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar sand trails.

Reservations are required; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. 

Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

June 11 @ 1 – 2 PM – Rain barrel workshop

Discover the importance of using rain barrels to conserve water and learn how to assemble and properly place your rain barrel for water collection. A limited number of rain barrels will be available for purchase.

Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring a bottle of water.

Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. 

June 12 @ 10 – 11 AM – Summer Science Saturday

Staff will guide participants ages 5 and older through some fun science experiments.Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

Reservations are required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028.

June 12 @ 2 – 4 PM – Nature film

Two groups of plants exhibited such intriguing behavior that a century and a half ago they attracted the attention of Charles Darwin. These same plants – orchids and carnivorous plants – still fascinate scientists today. Watch “Plants Behaving Badly” in the LEC classroom. It will be shown in two one-hour Increments so you can experience the plants’ world of deceit and treachery. Popcorn will be provided.

To register for this virtual program, call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. 

Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

June 17 @ 9 – 10 AM – Scrub stroll

Environmental specialists lead hikes through the scrub habitat of Lyonia Preserve every Friday morning. Be on the lookout for Florida scrub jays, gopher tortoises and other scrub animals.

Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails.

June 18 @ 10 – 11 AM – Secret weapons

Many insects spit, spray, sting and bite in response to being disturbed or threatened. Sometimes an insect’s physical appearance itself can be a type of self-defense. Learn about insects, scorpions, spiders and other creatures that use these tactics and how these adaptations have helped them survive for centuries. Participants ages 8 and up will use critical thinking skills and personal creativity while making a take home craft.

Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Wear closed-toe walking shoes, bring drinking water, and be prepared to walk on sugar sand trails.

Registration is required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. 

June 18 @ 2 – 3 PM – Creature feature

There are over 4 billion classified species of insects, and some of them are Mother Nature’s own pest control. Learn about beneficial bugs during this classroom and virtual presentation.

Reservations are required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028.

Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. 

June 19 @ 10 – 11 AM – Sunday fun day

Children ages 5 and up can make solar bead bracelets with their families. Staff will share fun facts about butterflies, their life cycle and importance to the ecosystem. Staff will share fun facts about the sun, ultraviolet rays and the importance of wearing sun protection.

Wear closed-toe shoes, bring drinking water, and be prepared to walk on sugar sand trails.

Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

Registration is required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. 

June 19 @ 2 – 3 PM – Nature film

Watch “Animals with Cameras” and explore the secret side of the animal kingdom where camera-wearing animals film their stories. Sprint across the savanna with a cheetah, plunge into the ocean with a seal, and swing through the trees with a chimp. Popcorn will be provided.

Registration is required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028.

June 25 @ 1 – 2 PM – Slithering Saturday

Warmer weather can mean an increase in snake activity. LEC staff will provide an introduction to snakes, one of nature’s most misunderstood reptiles. After the presentation, participants will meet the center’s resident reptile ambassadors and learn the important role they play in the ecosystem.

Reservations are required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. 

Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. 

June 26 @ 10 – 11 AM – Nature film

Watch “Vanishing of the Bees,” which takes a piercing look at the economic and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of honeybees. The documentary also provides viewers with tangible solutions they can apply to their everyday lives. The bees have a message, but will we listen? Popcorn will be provided.

Register by calling 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. 

Meet in the LEC classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

June 26 @ 2 – 3 PM – Pollinator power

Then thank the bees, butterflies, bats and birds for these delicious treats! Staff will explore pollination and the animals that make it happen through games, crafts and a pollinator themed snack. This family fun event, sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center, is recommended for children ages 7 and older.

Registration is required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. 

Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

Learn about other upcoming events at lyoniapreserve.com.

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