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:
Waterbody Paddle – Bethune Park
September 1, 9:00 – 11:00 am Thursday
Bring a canoe, kayak, or SUP for a leisurely paddling trip to view local wildlife and beautiful scenery. Leaving from Mary McCleod Bethune Park participants may encounter manatees and dolphins while exploring the waters of the Indian River Lagoon. Must have Kayak/Canoe/SUP, life preserver and whistle. Meet at 6656 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach (West side of road, heading south turn right on ladyfish Ave, first left and park in the dirt lot).
Guided Hike – Doris Leeper Preserve
September 3, 9:00 – 10:30 am Saturday
Learn about the importance of estuaries while hiking through beautiful scenery. Participants will have the opportunity to seine net https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seine_fishing). Fish, bird, and plant identification will be the focus of this adventure. Please wear closed toed shoes. Meet at 3251 N. Dixie Highway, NSB, FL 32168.
Bike-About – Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve
September 6, 9:00 – 11:30 am Tuesday
Ride a segment of Martin Dairy Trails in Spruce Creek Preserve while learning about the local ecosystem. Moderate skill preferred due to rough terrain, up and down hills, and soft sand. Bicycle and helmets are required. Meet at the dirt parking lot on Martin Dairy Rd. New Smyrna Beach, 32168. (Turn north off of Turnbull Bay Rd. just off of Pioneer Trail)
Volunteer and Learn – Post Labor Day Beach Cleanup
September 6, 2022, 8:30 – 10:30, Tuesday
Join us in Ormond Beach to clean up the beach after the big holiday. Let’s leave the beach beautiful and safe for our local wildlife. While we are there, we will learn about washback sea turtles and the importance of the wrack line, which we may encounter during our cleanup. Meet at Andy Romano Beachfront Park at 839 S Atlantic Ave, Ormond Beach
September 9, 8:00 – 10:00 am, 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.
Volunteer and Learn – Blue Springs Cleanup
September 13, 8:30- 10:30 am Tuesday
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.
Kayak Clean-up – Menard May Park
September 16, 9:00 – 11:30 am Friday
Paddle around to the local islands helping to remove debris. Participants will be getting in and out of the vessels at different locations to cleanup. Participants will need a kayak/canoe, or stand up paddle board, life preserver, whistle and to wear closed toe water shoes. Meet at 413 S Riverside Dr., Edgewater, FL 32132
International Coastal Cleanup
September 17, 8:00 – 11:30 am Saturday
International Coastal Cleanup
anywhere along the beach, Halifax River or Indian River Lagoon on Sept. 18.
Guided Hike – Hickory Bluff Preserve
September 20, 9:00 – 11:00 am Tuesday
Explore the natural world on an upland and swamp hike of the St. Johns River watershed to compare habitat characteristics. Meet at 598 Guise Rd, Osteen, 32764.
Volunteer and Learn – National Public Lands Day
September 23, 8:30 -10:30, Friday
Join us at Longleaf Pine Preserve to learn about the importance of public land for creating a wildlife corridor, water resource protection, habitat conservation, and more. While there, volunteers paint fences, trim branches, and pick up debris. Meet at Longleaf Pine Preserve West Entrance, 3736 E New York Ave, DeLand
Volunteer and Learn – Storm Drain Marking
September 27, 8:30 – 10:30, Tuesday
Join us, in the Ormond Beach area, to mark storm drains with ‘No Dumping’ signs and learn about non-point source pollution and water quality issues. Informing people that the storm drains flow directly to local waterways, can make a positive impact on waterways and help reduce non-point source pollution. Meet at 1565 Ocean Shore Blvd., Ormond Beach
Snorkel/Swim Adventure- Lighthouse Point Park
September 28, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Wednesday
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 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.