Conservation Science Coordinator Jessy Wayles overlooks the marsh in 2015 during Marsh Madness

Marine Discovery Center’s Restored Salt Marsh Hits Milestone

Text/Photos by Lisa D. Mickey, Marine Discovery Center Earlier this spring, the restored salt marsh at the Marine Discovery Center hit an important milestone. The on-site Mosquito Lagoon Marine Enhancement Center (MEC), a partnership between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), MDC and others, harvested its 20,000th plant from the donor marsh. The new harvest mark was set when Dr. Linda Walters and her … Continue reading Marine Discovery Center’s Restored Salt Marsh Hits Milestone

Top 5 Best Natural Springs in Florida

Our state has over 700 natural springs. Each day, eight billion gallons of water flows from our underground aquifer at a constant 72-degrees. With so many to choose from, it’s easy to find a refreshing watering hole to beat the summer heat. Here are the locals’ top 5 favorite spots, both near and a little farther, to dive in! Ask a Local – Best Natural … Continue reading Top 5 Best Natural Springs in Florida

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This Weekend in Volusia (6/18 – 6/20)

This information is evolving and will be updated as more info and events become available. Information has been provided by the city, county or by individual event pages. If you have any questions, please direct them to the organizers of the events. **EVENT INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY. VISITORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CHECK WITH EVENT ORGANIZERS DIRECTLY FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION.** Follow … Continue reading This Weekend in Volusia (6/18 – 6/20)

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Volusia Forever Committee to Host Listening Sessions

The Volusia Forever Advisory Committee will host three community listening sessions in May to give residents an opportunity to comment about the program’s future. Listening sessions will be held at these times and locations: Wednesday, May 5 @ 6 PM, in the second-floor conference room of Beach Safety Headquarters, 515 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Wednesday, May 12 @ 6 PM, in the city commission … Continue reading Volusia Forever Committee to Host Listening Sessions

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort  Article and Photos by: Kelsey Walters  After this dumpster fire of a year, many people are looking to the holidays to instill some joy back into 2020 as we close it out. Many have begun celebrating earlier than ever (I’ve even spotted some Christmas trees up before Halloween!) and are on the hunt for some seasonal fun. As usual, the … Continue reading The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Dr Nalini Casey at volusia medical center

Protecting Your Greatest Investment

Article by: Tiffany Evers // Photos by: Kelsey Walters When you become a parent, everything changes. Basically your life gets a complete overhaul and a tiny precious human becomes the literal center of your world. You don’t question it, you adapt and become the parent you always knew you were, or could be. With that comes new responsibilities and challenges on a daily basis. Life … Continue reading Protecting Your Greatest Investment

Back to School Safety

Well, it finally happened…Volusia County spring break has officially ended. It’s hard to believe that all those kiddos left school for a two-week break back in March, only to have it extended five months due to COVID-19. Never in my life have I heard so many kids actually say they WANT to go back to school! Parents have had to make some tough choices during … Continue reading Back to School Safety

Ask A Local: Best Golf Course Around

Each place featured below was voted as the BEST by ECC Facebook Fans. Be sure to “Like” our page to participate next month.  Summer is calling and so are the fairways! Florida is a land known for its rolling green golf courses. With tons to choose from, here are the locals’ top five favorite places to hit the links.  1. CYPRESS HEAD GOLF CLUB  6231 … Continue reading Ask A Local: Best Golf Course Around

Flutter By

Photos by Kelsey and Scott Walters Lukas Nursery and Butterfly Encounter  Coming out of quarantine and heading straight into hurricane season can make Florida feel like a real downer these days. As Floridians take it all into stride, it’s nice to know that it’s not all gloom and doom. It’s also peak butterfly season!  Butterflies like it hot, so our state offers the perfect weather … Continue reading Flutter By

Volusia County Summer Camps

This is a growing list and does not necessarily reflect all the camps available in Volusia County. We will add to this list as more information becomes available. Camp availability, dates and fees are subject to change without notice. Please contact the camp coordinator for more information and questions. New Smyrna Beach The Hub Summer Camp – For Kids and Teens at The Hub on … Continue reading Volusia County Summer Camps