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Volusia County

UF/IFAS Extension Volusia County is a partnership between State, Federal and County governments for the purpose of providing scientific knowledge and expertise to the public.

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Predicting Florida’s Weather with Persimmon Seed
I often wonder how folks could predict the coming winter weather PRIOR to our modern technologies. According to early folklore, it was the persimmon seed that was used for the forecast


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Celebrate World Ocean Day all summer with marine science education programs
June 8 is World Ocean Day!  The UN officially recognized World Ocean Day in 2008 to cultivate public interest in the protection of our oceans.  I hope you celebrate by spending some time near the ocean and by learning more about the importance of the ocean and what we can do to preserve it – we have some ideas for you to get started below! The ocean is intertwined with the way of


Prepare for Hurricane Ian
SEPT. 26, 2022 (10 AM) -- Hurricane Ian is approaching the Gulf of Mexico and is on a path to impact the west coast of Florida


Don’t Just Talk Trash, Take Action
Every time I go to the beach, I love to walk along the shoreline to see what may have washed up from the ocean – usually several beautiful shells, oftentimes sargassum seaweed, maybe even part of a crab exoskeleton. Unfortunately, I usually also come across several pieces of trash – a bottlecap, cigarette butts, and several small pieces of plastic, no longer identifiable to their original function or source


Diatomaceous Earth Day – August 31st
August 31st, is Diatomaceous earth (D.E


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    August is National Water Quality Month
    August is National Water Quality Month, which means it is a great time to learn a little bit about the water in our area and actions we can all take to ensure our waterways are clean and healthy. The Clean Water Act was passed in 1972, making it illegal to dump large amounts of toxic materials into lakes, rivers, and oceans


    Avoid Bringing Home the Powderpost Beetles from Yard and Estate Sales
    Summer is the time of year when people are easily lured to yard and estate sales. The finds can be great ranging from antiques to nearly new items