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)
$2 per adult 
$1 per child 10-17
Free for children under 10


Trails and Beach Lots

Hours: 8:00 am to Sunset
$3 per vehicle (up to 8 people)
$1 per pedestrian, bicyclist, etc.
Guana Dam

Hours: 4:00 am - 11:00pm
$3 per vehicle (up to 8 people)
$1 per pedestrian, bicyclist, etc. 

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

The Reserve was recently featured on the Spanish language program, "Los Secretos Mejor Guardados" (Best Kept Secrets), which covers environmental and ecological topics, mainly focusing on wildlife. The staff interviews are in English and the rest of the program is in Spanish, with no subtitles.



This world-class birding and outdoor photography event will be held at the Reserve’s Environmental Education Center this spring! The festival features world-renowned photographers, rare birding opportunities, in-field programs and technical training opportunities.
Link to Festival Website

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.

We look forward to running with you next year!


We still have 2014 calendars for sale!

The GTM Research Reserve calendar includes photographs submitted to our 2013 Photo Contest. Each month takes you deeper into the beauty of the Estuary.

Select whether to pick up or have the calendar(s) shipped.
505 Guana River Road
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082
Tel: (904)823-4500