Learn about Volusia County’s conservation lands and land management practices during free Explore Volusia programs in September. Environmental specialists will lead a variety of outdoor adventures.
Registration is required; call 386-736-5927.
Upcoming events include:
Beach cleanup: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7. Help clean the beach after Labor Day weekend and learn about the impacts of trash on sea turtles and other wildlife. Environmental specialists will share information about washback sea turtles and explain what to do if you find one. Meet at Tom Renick Park, 1565 Ocean Shore Blvd., Ormond Beach.
Ponce Inlet snorkeling adventure: 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 9. Discover the wonders of the underwater ecosystem while snorkeling the high slack tide at Lighthouse Point Park, 5000 S. Atlantic Ave., Ponce Inlet. Participants must bring their own snorkeling gear and be able to swim. Those under age 18 must wear a personal flotation device and be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times.
Hickory Bluff hike: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. Explore the natural world and compare habitat characteristics during this upland and swamp hike of the St. Johns River watershed. Meet at 598 Guise Road, Osteen.
Green Springs bike-about: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14. Enjoy nature as you ride part of the Spring-to-Spring Trail from Green Springs to Gemini Springs and back. All ages and abilities are welcome. Bicycle and helmet are required. Meet at Green Springs Park, 994 Enterprise-Osteen Road, Enterprise.
Kayak clean-up: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17. Paddle to the local islands and help remove debris. Participants will be getting in and out of the vessels at different locations to clean up. Wear closed-toe water shoes and bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at Menard-May Park, 413 S. Riverside Drive, Edgewater.
International Coastal Cleanup: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. Take part in the Ocean Conservancy’s 36th annual cleanup anywhere along the beach, Halifax River or Indian River Lagoon. Participants are encouraged to use the Ocean Conservancy’s Clean Swell App to track their trash collection. Learn more about the app at www.volusia.org/cleanup.
Indian River Lagoon paddle: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28. Look for manatees and dolphins during this leisurely paddling trip through the Indian River Lagoon. Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at Mary McLeod Bethune Park, 6656 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach.
Spruce Creek bike-about: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 30. Ride a segment of Martin Dairy Trails in Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve while learning about the local ecosystem. Moderate skill is preferred due to rough terrain, hills and soft sand. Bicycle and helmet are required. Meet in the dirt parking lot on Martin Dairy Road, New Smyrna Beach.
Participants should bring water and insect repellent. They should wear comfortable clothes and hiking or walking shoes.