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Family Fun Programs at Lyonia Preserve and Environmental Center

  • March 23, 2019 - March 31, 2019

Lyonia Environmental Center offers insight into Volusia County’s fragile ecosystems through hands-on displays and educational programs for children. These programs are great for Daytona Beach area visiting families who like to combine learning with fun while enjoying a Spring Family Beach Break.

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

Kid connection: 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3. Children ages 5 to 13 can learn about the sea turtle species that nest on Volusia County beaches. LEC staff will discuss their anatomy and diet, how lighting on the beach can affect their nesting habits, and their connection to the ancient beach of Lyonia Preserve. Participants will create a take-home sea turtle made from recycled materials. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center.

Spring forward hike: 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10. Start the beginning of daylight saving time with a guided hike in Lyonia Preserve. An environmental specialist will discuss the changes animals and plants go through in the spring and share some fun facts about daylight savings time.

Critter corner: 2 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14. Children ages 2 to 8 are invited to learn how animals act in the spring.

Rethink reptiles: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Join LEC staff for a classroom presentation featuring some of the center’s reptile animal ambassadors. Topics will include life history, native vs. exotic, venomous vs. non-venomous, sharing space with wildlife, and snakes as pets.

Nature movie: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Children and adults can watch “The Incredible Journey of Butterflies,” a Nova film that follows monarch butterflies as they travel to spectacular locations. Free popcorn will be served. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.

St. Patty’s palooza: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17. Listen to some Irish tunes, learn fun facts about this holiday, search for the “pot of gold” in an indoor scavenger hunt, enjoy some treats, and make a craft using upcycled materials. Participants will be entered into a drawing to win a prize. You can increase your chances by wearing green.

Jay walking: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23. Meet in the LEC classroom to learn about the threatened Florida scrub jay and practice their calls. Afterward, participants will stroll through Lyonia Preserve, immerse themselves in the scrub habitat, and look for scrub jays. Bring binoculars and a camera if you have them.

Family nature explorations: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Families learn how to track wildlife on the trails of Lyonia Preserve. The group will search for tracks, scat, feathers and other signs that wildlife left behind. Afterward, each participant can make an animal track to take home, courtesy of the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center.

Light my world: 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24. Learn about the firefly’s life cycle, how and why they produce light, and the best time of year and location to experience them in Volusia County. Participants can use upcycled materials to make a craft following the presentation.

Nature movie: 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Sunday, March 24. Bring the family to watch “Animal Misfits,” which explores implausible creatures whose unusual appearances, amazing adaptations and bizarre behaviors make them misfits in the animal world. Popcorn will be provided. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

Blueberry scavenger hunt hike: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 30. LEC staff will lead a guided hike along Lyonia Preserve’s blue trail, where they will explain the significance of blueberries in nature. If you wear something blue, your name will be entered into a prize drawing. Be prepared to hike 1.5 miles on unpaved, sugar sand trails.

Frog frolics: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30. LEC staff will discuss some of Central Florida’s amphibians and lead a stroll to Lyonia Preserve’s ephemeral ponds, where participants can listen for the sweet spring sound of frogs chorusing. Be prepared to hike two miles on unpaved, sugar sand trails.

Sunday “shell-abration”: 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 31. Discover how to identify some of the amazing shells found on Volusia County beaches and learn about the mollusks that live in them.

Scrub strolls: 9 to 10 a.m. every Monday and Friday in March. 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.

Family Fun Programs at Lyonia Preserve and Environmental Center
  • March 3, 2019 to April 1, 2019
  • Lyonia Preserve and Environmental Center