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LEC Plans Hikes And Summer Programs

By on May 17, 2017 in Community Stories

Deltona, FL-Explore nature during free outdoor hikes and indoor programs at Lyonia
Environmental Center (LEC), 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

Programs will begin in the center’s classroom. They are free unless
otherwise indicated. Reservations are requested and may be made by
calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.

June’s lineup includes:

· Reptile adventures: 2 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1. Education
staff will explain the difference between alligators and crocodiles and
share some interesting facts about each of these crocodilian species.
Afterward, the group can meet the center’s reptile animal ambassadors.

· Florida’s fabulous butterflies: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday,
June 3. Staff will discuss these important pollinators and their vital
role in our ecosystems, identify some of the winged beauties that can be
found in Central Florida, and explain how you can attract them to your
garden. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a free milkweed
plant.

· “Bees – Tales from the Hive”: 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 4.
Watch this PBS documentary to see things you never imagined about
bees, hear things only bees hear, and discover facts about their strange
and complex lives.

· Extraordinary echinoderms: 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10.  Sea
stars, sea cucumbers and sea urchins make up this advanced group of
invertebrates. Learn about their anatomy, feeding habits, the important
role they play in nature, and their connection to the ancient beach in
Lyonia Preserve. Afterward, join staff for a hands-on experience with
the center’s saltwater invertebrates.

·“Watermark”:  2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 11. This Canadian
documentary explores our relationship with water and how it shapes
humanity. Popcorn will be provided. Snacks and beverages may be
purchased in the gift shop.

·Slithering Saturday: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 17. Meet LEC’s
reptile animal ambassadors and learn about Florida’s state reptile,
the American alligator. Encounter several native and exotic species of
snakes and learn about the important role native species play in our
ecosystem.

· “Invasion of the Land”: 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 18. In this
documentary, David Attenborough reveals how invertebrates first left the
seas to colonize the land over 400 million years ago. Since then they
have become the most successful group of animals, adapting to every
environment on earth. Now, for every human there are 200 million of
them.

· Tiny trekkers: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24. Children ages 2
to 5 can listen to the book “Let it Shine,” take a short hike, and
make a take-home craft.

· Summer Science Saturday: 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24. Conduct
some fun science experiments, including a color symphony and floating
paper clips, and explore insect specimens under the microscope.

· Double feature: 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 25. The Eyewitness
DVDs, “Ocean” and “Shark,” will bring you face-to-face with some
of the most bizarre creatures on the planet.

Lyonia Environmental Center offers insights into Volusia County’s
fragile ecosystems through hands-on displays and educational programs.
It’s part of the Deltona Regional Library complex at 2150 Eustace
Ave., Deltona. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is
free.

The programs are sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental
Center. To learn more about the volunteer group, visit
www.lecfriends.com.

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