Learn about Volusia County’s conservation lands and land management practices during free Explore Volusia programs in July. Environmental specialists will lead a variety of outdoor adventures and volunteer and learn programs.
Registration is required; call 386-736-5927.
Upcoming events include:
Blue Spring snorkeling adventure: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 11. Learn about the importance of springs while enjoying the crystal clear 72-degree water at Blue Spring State Park. Participants must be able to swim and have their own snorkeling equipment. Those under 18 must wear a personal floatation device and be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times. The park will charge an entrance fee. Meet at 2100 W. French Ave., Orange City.
Indian River Lagoon paddle: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 14. Explore the lagoon while paddling from Seminole Rest National Park to surrounding areas. Participants may see manatees, dolphins and many species of birds. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at 207 River Road, Oak Hill.
Ponce Inlet snorkeling adventure: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 19. Learn about the wonders of the underwater ecosystem and various marine species while snorkeling the high slack tide near Ponce de Leon Inlet. Participants must be able to swim and have their own equipment. Those under age 18 must wear a personal flotation device and be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times. Bring your snorkeling gear and meet at Lighthouse Point Park, 5000 S. Atlantic Ave., Ponce Inlet.
Seine netting: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 22. Learn how to use a seine net to observe local organisms as you learn about microplastics, the harm they are causing in the environment and ways to cut down on their impact. Meet at Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve, 3251 N. Dixie Highway, New Smyrna Beach.
Indian River Lagoon paddle: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 28. Explore the waters of the Indian River Lagoon while paddling from Mary McLeod Bethune Park to surrounding areas. Participants may encounter manatees and dolphins. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at 6656 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach.