Volusia County, FL

02/14/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/14/2018 00:13

LEC plans nature hikes, programs

Posted On: February 14, 2018

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.

March's programs include:

Tiny trekkers: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3. Children ages 2 to 5 can take a short hike, make a take-home craft, and listen to the book 'Hail to Spring!'

Critter corner: 11 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8. Join one of the LEC's animal care volunteers to learn why snakes shed their skin, how to tell the difference between alligators and crocodiles, and more.

'The Secret Life of Birds': 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10. This BBC documentary investigates how birds communicate, their breeding and nesting behavior, and the survival challenges they encounter. A bird expert also explains how birds fly and how their color and camouflage enable them to live in many different habitats. Free popcorn will be served. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.

Spring forward hike: 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 11. Look for signs of spring during a 1.5-mile guided hike through Lyonia Preserve.

Hiking, biking and birding: 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17. Master Naturalist Roger Fulton will describe his six favorite outdoor sites in Central Florida.

Popcorn and a movie: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18. Watch 'Chasing Ice,' an Emmy-winning documentary about climate change. Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog as he deploys time-lapse cameras in the Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. Free popcorn will be served. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.

Rockin' and reading with Rusty: 3 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22. Children ages 5 to 8 can join LEC's mascot, Rusty the Scrub Jay, for story time and fun activities. Learn about the threatened Florida scrub jay and bring your camera to capture a photo with Rusty.

All about owls: 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 25. Learn about Volusia County's owl species and how to recognize them by sight and sound. Participants can dissect an owl pellet while learning about basic owl anatomy, feather design, diet and their role in nature. The cost for this program is $5 per participant.

Scrub strolls: 9 to 10 a.m. every Monday and Friday except March 30. Environmental specialists lead these exploratory hikes through Lyonia Preserve.

If you will be walking through Lyonia Preserve, wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on sugar-sand trails.

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.

Learn what's happening at the LEC at www.lyoniapreserve.com.