Welcome to the GTM Research Reserve!

Habitats at GTM

The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve) is dedicated to the conservation of natural biodiversity and cultural resources through research and monitoring to guide science-based stewardship and education strategies. 

We encourage you to visit these popular education and recreation sites within the Reserve:
Environmental Education Center

Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
(closed on state holidays)

Entrance Fees:
$2 per adult 
$1 per child 10-17
Free for children under 10

Directions

Trailhead and Beach Lots

Hours: 8:00 am to Sunset

Parking Fees:
$3 per vehicle (up to 8 people)
$1 entrance fee per pedestrian, bicyclist, etc.
 
Directions
Guana Dam


Hours: 4:00 am - 11:00pm

Parking Fees:
$3 per vehicle (up to 8 people)
$1 entrance fee per pedestrian, bicyclist, etc. 

Directions
This website is provided by The Friends of the GTM Reserve, a private non-profit citizen organization established to support and enhance environmental education, stewardship of natural and cultural resources, and scientific research of the GTM Research Reserve through volunteer initiatives, citizen involvement, and community partnerships.


News & Events
 
Monday, September 8
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Whitney Lab for Biosciences
Planning for Sea Level Rise in the Matanzas Basin 
Final Workshop
 
The GTM Research Reserve and the University of Florida’s College of Design, Construction and Planning have reached the conclusion of the three-year project, Planning for Sea Level Rise in the Matanzas Basin. Please join us for the final workshop, where you will be able to directly interact with the project leaders. There will be multiple, identical sessions throughout the day, each lasting 90 minutes. This event is free and light refreshments will be provided.

For more information about the project and past workshops, visit this page.


Eventbrite - Planning for Sea Level Rise Final Workshop
 

Saturday, September 27
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Environmental Education Center
Family ecoMENTALITY
 
This year for National Estuaries Day we want to create Family ecoMENTALITY. The activities throughout the day will provide you and your family with the resources to implement environmentally inspired ideas at home. In addition to the scheduled classes we'll have a Green Cleaning stand hosted by Flagler College, Fish Printing, and "The Blue Balloon" book readings and signings. All the activities run between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Class sizes are limited so get your spot as soon as possible. If you have any questions please email us at GTMResearchReserve@gtmnerr.org. Note that some are offered at different times throughout the day.
 
 National Estuaries Day

Saturday, October 25
6:00 p.m. at the Environmental Education Center 
OceanWise

The Friends of the GTM Reserve will host the 5th annual OceanWise- An Evening for the Estuaries. This fundraiser supports the mission of protecting and preserving our ocean and estuary resources. This exciting event will take place overlooking the Guana River as guests sample sustainable seafood dishes from area restaurants and listen to the musical styling of The Driftwoods.

Tickets to this event are $50 each. The money raised event will help to fund ecological education programs for local youth, research by local and visiting scientists, and stewardship of the Reserve landscape. For sponsorship and other event information, visit this page.

Eventbrite - OceanWise An Evening for the Estuaries 2014

 

 
 

The GTM Research Reserve has been voted the "Best Place to Kayak" by Folio Weekly

Paddle the GTM Research Reserve! The coastal estuary offers incredible views of lush vegetation, nesting bald eagles, and possible encounters with the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin and the West Indian manatee. Most of all, this area provides a glimpse into what real Florida has to offer; shear beauty nestled between civilization to the north and south.

Learn more about some of the kayaking opportunities at the Reserve by clicking here.

 
Our Most Popular Public Programs
Maritime Hammock

Outdoor guided hikes and activities 

Saturdays 8:30am - 10:30am

Join us as we head outside on our trails, beaches and waterways. Every Saturday we offer an outdoor activity that the whole family will enjoy!
Young sea turtles

More than you ever wanted to know about...

Educational presentation every second Saturday 11:00am - 12:00pm

Marineland lectures and guided hikes

Join our experienced Docents as they lead you through the River to Sea Preserve or around the Matanzas Inlet and discover the beautiful beaches or the quiet cool Maritime Hammock!


Additional Announcements

Race winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2014 Friends of the GTM Reserve Trail Run!

You can see the results of the race by clicking here, and you can see photos of the participants here.
505 Guana River Road
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082
Tel: (904)823-4500

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