May 2022 Upcoming Programs through the Explore Volusia Program
These programs are free, unless otherwise noted.
Registration is Required. Call 386-736-5927 to register.
Waterbody Paddle - Bethune Park May 3, 9:00 am - 11:00 am Tuesday
Bring a canoe, kayak, or SUP for a leisurely paddling trip to view local wildlife and beautiful scenery.
Leaving from Mary McCloud Bethune Park participants may encounter manatees and dolphins while
exploring the waters of the Indian River Lagoon. Must have Kayak/Canoe/SUP, life preserver and whistle.
Meet at 6656 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach (West side of road, heading south turn right on
ladyfish Ave, first left and park in the dirt lot).
Guided Hike – Seminole Rest National Park May 11, 9:00 – 10:30 am Wednesday
Explore a wonderful area of the Indian River Lagoon at Seminole Rest Park. Participants may have
the opportunity to see a variety of organisms including manatees, dolphins, and different species
of birds. Meet at 207 River Rd., Oak Hill 32759.
Bike About - Green Springs Park May 12, 9:00 - 11:00 am Thursday
Participants will ride the first segment of the East Central Regional Rail Trail from Green Springs to State
Road 415 and back while experiencing the natural world along the way. All ages and abilities are welcome;
please note this is an 11.4 mile round trip. Bicycle and helmets are required. Meet at Green Springs Park,
994 Enterprise-Osteen Road, Enterprise.
Jetty Ambassadors Orientation & Clean Up May 17, 9am - 12:00 pm Tuesday
Become a Jetty Ambassador by joining us to learn about the threats of monofilament fishing line for
wildlife and help with the jetty cleanup. Jetty ambassadors are positioned on the jetty while the
underwater dive team removes fishing line from rocks underwater. Ambassadors inform anglers and
visitors about the cleanup effort and remove fishing line and trash from the jetty walkway and rocks.
Meet at the jetty at Lighthouse Point Park.
Snorkel/Swim Adventure - Lighthouse Point Park May 18, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Wednesday
Bring your snorkeling gear and sense of adventure to learn about the wonders of this underwater
ecosystem. Participants will learn about various marine species, while snorkeling the high slack tide near
Ponce DeLeon Inlet. Participants must be able to swim, have their own equipment, and anyone under the
age of 18 will be required to wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) and be accompanied by an adult
guardian at all times. Meet at Light House Point Park 5000 S. Atlantic Ave., Ponce Inlet.
World Turtle Day - Hiles Beach Park May 23, 9:00 am - 11:00 am Monday
Join us to help with two projects that will help turtles. Volunteers will assemble signs that say, “Keep off
the Dunes”. These signs will help protect gopher tortoises and their burrows. Volunteers will also help
sea turtles by painting the stakes that mark off the sea turtle nests on the beach. These stakes protect the
nests from vehicle and foot traffic. We will learn about the endangered/threatened turtles in our area.
Meet at 4516 South Atlantic Ave. New Smyrna Beach.
Eco Buggy Tour - Longleaf Preserve May 24, 9:00 - 11:00 am Tuesday
Take a leisurely ride through Longleaf Pine Preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Participants
will learn about the plants and animals of the wetlands. Meet at the east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, New
Waterbody Paddle – Sanchez Park May 27, 9:00 – 11:00 am Friday
Bring a canoe, kayak, or SUP for a leisurely paddling trip to view local wildlife and beautiful scenery. Leaving
from Sanchez Park in Ormond Beach participants may encounter marine mammals while exploring the
waters of the Halifax River. Must have Kayak/Canoe/SUP, life preserver and whistle. Meet at 329 Sanchez
Ave, Ormond Beach, 32174.
Volunteer and Learn - Beach Clean Up May 31, 9:00 - 11:00 am Tuesday
Join us the day after the Memorial Day Holiday in an effort to keep the beach clean. Busy beach weekends
can lead to a large amount of debris left behind. Participants will help to remove as much debris as
possible as they learn about sea turtle nesting season and how trash can impact sea turtles. Meet at Sun
Splash Park in Daytona Beach.