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Learn how to incorporate wildflowers and native plants into your home landscape during a free presentation at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, in DeBary Hall Historic Site's stable, 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary. Howard Jeffries, a master gardener with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, will explain how easy it is to sow and grow colorful blossoms and Florida-friendly plants. Reservations are not required. For more information about the program, call DeBary Hall at 386-668-3840. DeBary Hall Historic Site, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is owned by the state and managed by the county's Parks, Recreation and Culture Division. Tours of the 1871 hunting lodge are available from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission prices are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for children 2 and younger. [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Source: Volusia County
Learn about Volusia County's conservation lands and land management practices during free Explore Volusia programs. Environmental specialists will lead guided hikes, paddling trips, eco-buggy tours and bike-abouts. Reservations are required; call 386-736-5927. Upcoming events include: Bike-about Green Springs: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6. Ride the first segment of the East Central Regional Rail Trail from Green Springs to State Road 415 and back. All ages are welcome on this 11.4-mile round trip. Bicycles and helmets are required. Meet at Green Springs Park, 994 Enterprise-Osteen Road, Enterprise. Geocaching in Hickory Bluff: 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7. Learn how to use a GPS device to find caches in the preserve. Bring your own device or borrow one from staff for this fun adventure. Meet at Hickory Bluff Preserve, 598 Guise Road, Osteen. Riverbreeze Park paddle: 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12. Explore the northern end of the Indian River Lagoon while paddling from Riverbreeze Park to surrounding areas. Participants may see manatees, dolphins, white pelicans and other native wildlife. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet 250 H.H. Burch Road, Oak Hill. Longleaf lunch and learn: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. Ride Volusia County's eco-buggy through Longleaf Pine Preserve while learning about its plant life and the importance of the lands. The eco-buggy will stop at the pavilion, where participants may eat lunch and learn about the county's marine mammals and their connection with conservation lands. Bring a bagged lunch and meet at the preserve's west entrance, 3637 E. New York Ave., DeLand. The eco-buggy will be parked one-tenth of a mile from the parking lot; if you are unable to walk this distance, ask for accommodations when you register. Guided hike of Wiregrass Prairie Preserve: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20. Take a hike of the 1,400-acre preserve, which is almost entirely in the St. Johns River Valley. Explore upland and wetland natural communities that include wet flatwoods, cypress domes and wet prairies. Learn about land management practices while hiking the diverse ecotones of the land. Meet at 1751 Lopez Road, Osteen. Do not use a GPS to find the location. Bike-about Lake Woodruff: 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. Ride a dirt path around a segment of the beautiful Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. Learn about cypress and mixed hardwood swamps while riding areas of water impoundments where [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Source: Volusia County
Volusia County's Environmental, Cultural, Historical and Outdoor Recreation (ECHO) Advisory Committee will meet at ECHO grant applicants' project sites on Tuesday, Jan. 23. There will be a presentation and an opportunity for questions during each 20-minute site visit at the following times and locations: 8 a.m.: Ormond Beach Sports Complex, 700 Hull Road, Ormond Beach 8:25 a.m.: Ormond Beach YMCA, 500 Sterthaus Drive, Ormond Beach 9:15 a.m.: Timothy Pollard Memorial Park, 4680 S. Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet 10:05 a.m.: Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach, 726 E. Third Ave., New Smyrna Beach 10:30 a.m.: Alonzo “Babe” James Park, 201 N. Myrtle Ave., New Smyrna Beach 11:20 a.m.: DeLand Family YMCA, 761 W. International Speedway Blvd., DeLand 11:45 a.m.: Sperling Sports Complex, 1300 Matt Fair Blvd., DeLand 1:45 p.m.: City of Orange City, 200 E. Blue Springs Ave., Orange City 2:10 p.m.: Gateway Park, 860 Charles R. Beall Blvd., DeBary 2:40 p.m.: Thornby Park, 110 Providence Blvd., Deltona 3:10 p.m.: The Center at Deltona, 1640 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., Deltona Applicants will attend a mandatory eligibility meeting at 3:45 p.m. at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. The presentations and eligibility meeting are open to the public. ECHO grants are provided through a competitive application process annually and are for the purpose of acquiring, building or restoring environmental, cultural, historical and outdoor recreation facilities that are open for public use. Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) not-for-profit groups that have a local office in Volusia County, municipal governments within Volusia County, and departments of Volusia County Government. Learn more about the ECHO program at www.volusia.org/echo. Notice under the Americans with Disabilities Act (Title II) In accordance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Volusia County will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs and activities. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service or activity of the county, should contact the county's ADA Title II coordinator, George Baker, at 386-248-1760 at least two business days before the scheduled event or meeting. This notice also applies to written requests by a physically handicapped person needing a special accommodation to attend a public meeting in accordance with section 286.26, Florida Statutes. A copy of the county's Notice under the Americans with Disabilities Act (Title II) can be obtained at www.volusia.org/ada or by calling 386-248-1760. [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Source: Volusia County
Pick up some good reads at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library's used book sale from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5; and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6. The Friends of the Library will sell a wide selection of hardcover books, paperbacks and audiobooks in Auditorium B. Proceeds will be used to support library programs. The library is open seven days a week at 1001 S. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call the library at 386-424-2910, option 4. [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Source: Volusia County
Discover Volusia County's native plants and wildlife during outdoor hikes and indoor programs at Lyonia Environmental Center (LEC), 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. The free programs will begin in the center's classroom. Reservations are required; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. February's programs include: Valentine pine cone wreath: 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4. LEC staff and volunteers will help participants make heart-shaped wreaths from pine cones and other materials found in nature. Advance registration is required. The cost is $10 per wreath. Tiny trekkers: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Children ages 2 to 5 can take a short hike, make a take-home craft, and listen to the book “Mouse's First Valentine.” Damsels and dragons: 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. Can you spot the difference between a dragonfly and a damselfly? Staff will share information about these amazing and beneficial insects in a classroom presentation. Participants will use bug lenses to learn about compound eyes. Florida black bears: 2 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13. Did you know black bears can run up to 35 miles per hour? Stop by the LEC to learn about their habitat needs, common behaviors and the important role they play in our ecosystems. North Atlantic right whales: 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 17. There are only about 360 North Atlantic right whales remaining in the world. This critically endangered species uses the Atlantic coast off Georgia and Florida as calving grounds. Debbie Wingfield, Volusia County's marine mammal stranding coordinator, will discuss right whale history, biology, reproduction, feeding habits and migration patterns. She'll also explain how we can help this species. Florida's natural springs: 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. Florida's great springs need our help! The quality and quantity of water flowing into the recharge areas for local springs has been declining over the years. To understand how our springs are threatened, we must look upstream into the aquifer and explore the springshed. Florida Master Naturalist Roger Fulton will discuss this topic and the conditions of our Floridan aquifer. Smelling in stereo: 3 to 4 p.m. Feb. 18. Some reptiles, including snakes and some lizards, have forked tongues. Join LEC staff to learn about the function of this amazing appendage and how it allows these creatures to smell in stereo. After the program, meet some of LEC's animal ambassador snakes and witness this sensory process in action. Critter corner: 11 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Source: Volusia County

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