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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.  Volusia County Environmental Management • 123 West Indiana Ave. Room 202DeLand, FL 32720 • (386-) 736-5927http://www.volusia.org/explorevolusia Upcoming events include: Volunteer & Learn – Holiday Beach Cleanup January 1, 10:00 am … 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

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

Sea Squirts

The Sea Squirts Program introduces marine life to children ages 2-5 years. Adults will accompany their children to the program. Activities may include examinations of species both skeletal and alive, arts and crafts, stories, audio visual presentations, and games. Reservations must be made in advance so we can prepare materials for arts and crafts. Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance to receive a … Continue reading Sea Squirts

Time to Walk the Plank

Pirate and Treasure Museum, St. Augustine  Avast ye, matey! Did ya hear? Pirates have invaded St. Augustine!  Things to Do for Families in St. Augustine After commandeering Key West for five years, a band of pirates have made their home in historic St. Augustine at the Pirate and Treasure Museum. Situated along the water and across from the famed fort, Castillo de San Marcos, this … Continue reading Time to Walk the Plank

One for the History Books

Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Newberry Photos/Text by Kelsey Walters  Family Activities Near Gainesville Many people think of the Sunshine State as a land of sunburnt tourists, teeming with gators and home to the world’s most famous mouse.  Before Walt Disney settled into Central Florida and made it one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, Florida had a lengthy history of war, exploration and … Continue reading One for the History Books

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Turtle Tots

Educational Programs for Toddlers and Preschoolers Children ages 2 to 5 can learn about local marine life through stories, crafts and activities at the Marine Science Center, 100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet. The program is included with general admission or annual membership. Admission:Seniors – $4Adults (13 and over) – $5Youth (3 – 12) – $2Youth 2 and under – free All applicable sales tax is included in … Continue reading Turtle Tots

Rec Rangers

Port Orange Offers Kids’ Nature Program The Rec Rangers program is a free nature program for upper elementary and middle school students (9-14 years old) with the mission of fostering young adult connectivity to nature and encouraging participation and stewardship of the parks and recreation opportunities and resources within their community.  Activities are held on the first Wednesday of each month (except the July activity, which will be … Continue reading Rec Rangers