Welcome to the GTM Research Reserve!

Teeming with life, the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve) is a dynamic, ever changing place with many interconnected habitats from the ocean to the forests. The landscape protects and provides for a great diversity of plants and animals. People have historically changed and preserved this ecosystem. People are an important part of the future of this landscape. This is your reserve! Enjoy, share, and protect it. Visit us today!

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We need your help. Join, volunteer or donate today.

Learn about our different programs and events at the reserve.

Come see all our different resources available at the reserve.

Oceanwise An Evening for the Estuary

Oceanwise is the Friends of the GTM Reserve’s signature fundraising event to support the mission of protecting and preserving our ocean and estuary resources. The annual event takes place on the shores of the Guana River where guests will enjoy an evening of music, beverages, sustainably-sourced food from the area’s finest restaurants, a silent auction, and a breathtaking sunset. Money raised through Oceanwise funds ecological education programs, research by local and visiting scientists, and stewardship of the Reserve landscape.

Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 6-9 p.m.

Click here to get your ticket!

Paddle the GTM Research Reserve!

Kayaking during Sunset

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.