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Explore Volusia Monthly Programs

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 … Continue reading Explore Volusia Monthly Programs

Keep Kids Busy this Summer with Fun Local Destinations

Summer has just begun, but parents everywhere are already looking for ways to keep their kids active and entertained – and more importantly, off the couch and screens. Volusia County and the surrounding Central Florida area offer tons of entertaining options for families with kids and adults of all ages. Here are some of our favorite options, all within about one hour of Volusia County. … Continue reading Keep Kids Busy this Summer with Fun Local Destinations

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Building Epic Sandcastles Over Spring Break 

Beach time with family is a given over holiday breaks. Try spending your next beach day with a single goal in mind… Building an epic sandcastle! Here are a few tricks of the trade to improve your building success: 1. Bring tools including buckets and flat household carving items like spatulas, spoons or rulers. 2. Build a strong base by mounding dry sand into a … Continue reading Building Epic Sandcastles Over Spring Break 

Outdoor Adventures on tap this December at LEC

Explore the untamed habitat of Lyonia Preserve during free guided hikes and indoor programs led by the staff of Lyonia Environmental Center (LEC).  The 360-acre preserve adjacent to the LEC and Deltona Regional Library is home to a variety of wildlife, including Florida scrub jays and gopher tortoises, which are drawn to the low vegetation and sandy ridges of the scrub habitat. December’s outdoor programs … Continue reading Outdoor Adventures on tap this December at LEC

Magic of Lights Holiday Display

Address: 1801 West International Speedway Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL 32114 Dates: November 19, 2021 – January 1, 2022 Recurrence: Recurring daily Location: Daytona International Speedway Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM Price: Prices vary, go to website for details See a dazzling display of over a million holiday lights! Magic of Lights(TM) is an amazing holiday light display at Daytona International Speedway that you can enjoy from the comfort and safety of your … Continue reading Magic of Lights Holiday Display

Gingerbread Fantasy Holiday Light Display @ Rose Villa

Address: 43 West Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach, FL 32176 Phone: (386) 615-7673 Dates: November 19, 2021 – January 9, 2022 Recurrence: Recurring daily Location: Rose Villa Southern Table & Bar Price: Free Holiday Light Display; Gingerbread House building experience starts at $99, reservations required This holiday season, Rose Villa Southern Table and Bar will transform into a Gingerbread Fantasy decorative light display that evokes classic storybook memories in exquisite style. From November 19, … Continue reading Gingerbread Fantasy Holiday Light Display @ Rose Villa

Christmas Spectacular at Stetson Mansion

Address: 1031 Camphor Lane, Deland, FL 32720 Phone: (561) 654-6919 Presented By: Stetson Mansion Dates: November 1, 2021 – January 22, 2022 Recurrence: Recurring daily Location: Stetson Mansion Time: varies Price: self-guided tours, group bookings and guided tours available Christmas Spectacular tours dates are Nov. 1, 2021 through Jan. 22, 2022. The best Christmas decorations in Florida according to USA Today. Ten themed rooms of elaborate designer decorations geared to adults. Decorations change each year. … Continue reading Christmas Spectacular at Stetson Mansion

INSIDE LOOK: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people. Rails-to-Trails is a Nationwide Network of Fitness and Outdoor Activity Trails Since 1986, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has worked from coast to coast, supporting the development of thousands of miles of rail-trails for millions to explore and enjoy. … Continue reading INSIDE LOOK: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Slither into Summer: The Reptile Discovery Center

Photos by Scott and Kelsey Walters  Summer is here and for a lot of us, that means more time outdoors, enjoying the beach, springs and waterways while we soak up the sun. Living in a coastal community, it’s easy to forget about Florida’s other non-oceanic ecosystems and the abundance of wildlife we are surrounded with on a daily basis.  The Reptile Discovery Center in DeLand … Continue reading Slither into Summer: The Reptile Discovery Center

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How Are Your Kids Coping During COVID-19?

I’ve always looked forward to having a great relationship with my children, bonus kids and youth that I encounter on a daily basis. Over the past year, I’ve noticed that so many of our youth were not as happy or engaged. I am a strong believer in them finding a safe space to express and relieve some of the stress of everyday life. Our youth … Continue reading How Are Your Kids Coping During COVID-19?