Learn about Volusia County’s conservation lands and land management practices during free Explore Volusia programs each month. Environmental specialists will lead a variety of outdoor adventures and volunteer and learn programs.
Registration is required; call (386) 736-5927.
Upcoming events include:
Bike and Swim – De Leon Springs “fee”
August 3, 9:00 am – 11:30 am (Wednesday)
Participants will ride their bikes on the spring-to-spring trail along Grand Ave, and cool off with a snorkel/swim in De Leon Springs. Information on the importance of springs and history of the area will be given. There will be a park entrance fee for admittance to the park ($6 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people, $4 for Single Occupant, $2 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass). Please be sure to bring bicycle, helmet, and snorkel mask. Meet at 1991 W. Plymouth Ave. DeLand.
Volunteer and Learn — Trail Walk & Work
August 6, 8:30 – 10:30 (Saturday)
Join us at Lake George for walking, learning, and volunteering! We will walk the blue trail, learn about native and invasive plants, and volunteer by removing invasive Caesar Weed and adding new trail markers. Meet at Lake George, 770 Nine Mile Point Road in Pierson
Waterbody Paddle – Menard May Park
August 11, 9:00 – 11:00 am (Thursday)
Paddle from Maynard May Park to the Gabordy Canal. Participants will learn about the rich history of the canal, while viewing the wonderful wildlife along the way. Participants will need a kayak/canoe, or stand up paddle board, life preserver, and whistle. Meet at 413 S Riverside Dr., Edgewater, FL 32132
August 12 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, (Friday)
Spend the morning on the jetty at Lighthouse Point Park informing visitors and anglers about the underwater cleanup happening just off the jetty. While there, volunteers can pick up trash and fishing line from the paved jetty or the rocks. Removing the line from the jetty reduces the entanglement risk for birds, sea turtles, manatees, dolphins and other wildlife. When the underwater team returns, volunteers can assist with separating the lead weights from line for recycling. Meet at the jetty in Lighthouse Point Park, 5000 S. Atlantic Ave, Ponce Inlet.
Bike-About – Edgewater
August 17, 9:00 – 11:00 am (Wednesday)
Ride the paved path from Edgewater, off Cow Creek Rd., north to the end and back. During this leisurely ride participants will learn about different habitats and the organisms that live within them. Bicycle and helmets are required. Meet at the parking lot 1⁄4 south on Cow Creek Rd. The first road after the bike overpass heading east, approximately 1⁄4 mile east of I-95.
Volunteer and Learn – Honeybee Day
August 20 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Saturday)
Join us for the opportunity to learn about honey bees from a local bee keeper and see a bee hive in action. After the presentation, volunteers will make a bee house for mason bees and/or seed balls to spread wildflowers to help the bees. It’s going to be a bee-utiful morning! Meet at the Environmental Discovery Center at 601 Division Ave, Ormond Beach.
Snorkel Program- Blue Spring State Park “paid Entry”
August 23, 8:30 – 10:30 am (Tuesday)
Bring your snorkel gear to explore the wonders of the spring habitat. Participants will get the opportunity to learn about the importance of springs while enjoying crystal clear “72°F” water. Participants must be able to swim, have their own equipment, and anyone under the age of 18 will be required to wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) and be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times. There will be a park entrance fee for admittance to the park ($6 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people in vehicle, $4 for Single Occupant, $2 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass. Meet at 2100 W. French Ave. Orange City, FL 32763.
Volunteer and Learn—Blue Springs Cleanup
August 26 8:30 – 10:30 am (Friday)
Volusia Volunteers and Save the Manatee Club invite you to join our partnership to do a cleanup at Blue Springs State Park. Volunteers will learn about some of the manatees at Blue Springs that have been harmed by trash and some of the issues affecting water quality in the springs. Participants will help clean up trash in the park that could be blown into the spring and become a threat to the manatees, birds, and fish that call the spring home. Meet at Blue Springs Park at 2100 W French Ave, Orange City.
Snorkel/Swim Adventure- Lighthouse Point Park
August 30, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (Tuesday)
Bring your snorkeling gear and sense of adventure to learn about the wonders of this underwater ecosystem. Participants will learn about various marine species, while snorkeling the high slack tide near Ponce DeLeon Inlet. Participants must be able to swim, have their own equipment, and anyone under the age of 18 will be required to wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) and be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times. Meet at Light House Point Park 5000 S. Atlantic Ave., Ponce Inlet.