Lyonia Environmental Center

Elijah Espejo, 8, of Deltona pets a blue-tongued skink held by docent Hannah Boney during the fourth annual Lyonia Environmental Center’s last year.

Take a walk on the wild side as Lyonia Environmental Center presents the Wildlife Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.

The festival will feature Florida wildlife presentations, environmental displays, kids’ activities, and guided hikes and eco-buggy tours of Lyonia Preserve. An early bird hike will kick off the day at 8 a.m.

The 360-acre preserve is home to a variety of mammals, including bobcats, raccoons, armadillos, opossums, rabbits and foxes. Reptiles include gopher tortoises, six-lined race runners and a variety of snakes. More than 70 species of birds, including the threatened Florida scrub jay, also live in the preserve.

Hikers are advised to 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.

For more information, visit lyoniapreservice.org.

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