Volusia County, FL– Learn about Volusia County’s conservation lands and land management practices during free Explore Volusia programs in November.
Environmental specialists will lead bike-abouts, a paddling trip, guided
hike and eco-buggy tour.
Reservations are required; call 386-736-5927.
Upcoming events include:
· Guided hike of Longleaf Pine Preserve: 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday,
Nov. 3. Get an early start on this walk through the preserve’s
flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Participants will learn about the
connections between soils and the plant and animal communities of the
wetlands. Meet at the west entrance, 3637 E. New York Ave., DeLand.
· Star tour: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4. Explore the night
sky with retired astronomy teacher Dr. Hugh Ward at Wiregrass Prairie
Preserve, 1751 Lopez Road, Osteen. Dr. Ward will comment on the visible
planets and other celestial objects as participants observe the night
sky through telescopes and binoculars, which will be provided. Bring a
folding chair, insect spray, flashlight and telescope, if you have one.
Arrive before sunset. Road conditions are rough.
· Eco-buggy tour of Lyonia Preserve: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov.
11. Take a ride through Lyonia Preserve and learn what makes this
endangered Florida scrub habitat such a special place. Participants will
see the scrub’s plants and animals, including Lyonia’s most precious
resident, the Florida scrub jay. Land management practices and
prescribed fire on the site will also be discussed. Meet at 2150 Eustace
· Photograph nature along Lake George: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday,
Nov. 12. Professional photographer Lee Dunkel will offer tips on
capturing nature photographs. Bring a camera and meet at 998 Ninemile
Point Road, Seville. Learn more about Dunkel at www.leedunkel.com.
· Deep Creek Preserve bike-about: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15.
Pedal Deep Creek Preserve and learn about the site’s forestry,
agricultural history and plant communities. Larger tired bicycles are
recommended, because the trail is an unpaved road. Helmets are required.
Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, Samsula.
· Eco-buggy tour of Lake George Wildlife Management Area: 9 to
11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18. Explore pine flatwoods, cypress swamps and
marsh as you ride in Volusia County’s eco-buggy. The park has the second
highest population of bald eagles in the lower 48 states. Meet at 998
Ninemile Point Road, Seville.
· Guided hike of Hickory Bluff Preserve: 9 to 11 a.m. Monday,
Nov. 21. Compare habitat characteristics during an upland and swamp hike
of the St. Johns River watershed. Meet at 598 Guise Road, Osteen.
·Blue Spring paddle: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22. Bring a
canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard for this leisurely paddling trip to
Blue Spring State Park. Paddlers will explore the spring while learning
about local wildlife and the area’s history. They will also learn about
water quality and the importance of Florida’s springs as manatee
refuges. A life preserver and whistle are required. Meet at the end of
West French Avenue in Orange City. The launch is about one mile past the
·Green Springs bike-about: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29.
Experience the natural world as you ride the East Central Regional Rail
Trail from Green Springs to State Road 415. All ages are welcome on this
11.4-mile round trip. Bicycle helmets are required. Meet at Green
Springs Park, 994 Enterprise-Osteen Road, Enterprise.
Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors Explore
Volusia to acquaint residents with the county’s diverse natural habitats
and land management practices.
Participants should bring water and insect repellent. They should wear
comfortable clothes and hiking or walking shoes.