The staff and animals of the Lyonia Environmental Center (LEC) are officially ready to welcome visitors back into their neck of the woods. The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays ONLY beginning July 11. Visitors will be allowed to explore the center’s gallery and learn about the fragile ecosystems present in the county through interactive and informative hands-on displays.
The following educational programs will be offered (Limited to 10 persons each to allow for social distancing):
- Native plant hike: 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 11. Discover native plants that thrive in scrub habitat during this guided hike through Lyonia Preserve.
- Sensational snakes: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 11. World Snake Day is July 16, so help celebrate these important creatures by visiting the LEC. Learn about some of the most commonly encountered species during this classroom presentation, then meet the center’s resident reptile ambassadors.
- “Let’s hit the trails” hike: 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 18. Lace-up your hiking boots and explore the plant and animal species that call scrub habitat their home.
- Incredible insects hike: 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 25. Beetles, two-striped walking sticks, and several species of spiders inhabit Lyonia Preserve. Venture out with LEC staff to explore and learn about the common species that live in the preserve and represent the largest group of creatures in the world.
Reservations are required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. Participants should check in 10 minutes before each program starts.
Get up close and personal with Florida scrub jays at Lyonia Preserve and Environmental Learning Center in Deltona. Although a threatened species, Florida scrub jays are curious and friendly birds, not shy about getting a closer view of human visitors. 360-acre restored scrub ecosystem adjacent to the Deltona Regional Library. Features a network of hiking trails, amphitheater, ecology exhibits, classrooms and gift shop.
The Lyonia Environmental Center occupies 4,000 square feet of the Deltona Regional Library complex.
The LEC includes:
- Hands-on displays and innovative computer-based learning modules that showcase the incredible environment around us and the role each person can play in conservation.
- Dr. Alice E. Cross Environmental Classrooms
- Exhibition space
- A visiting scientist’s workroom
- A nature-based gift shop
- Hands on interactive exhibits “See How Sinkholes Are Formed”, “Learn How Gopher Tortoises Stay Cool”, “Hear The Sounds Of A Manatee”.
- An outdoor amphitheater next to the library offers a space for community gatherings and educational instruction.
Educational programs are offered in the classrooms and at the Lyonia Preserve. Learning has never been so much fun!
The Lyonia Environmental Center is open:
Mon-Thurs 9:00 am-5:30 pm
Fri/Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm