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. One of 29 National Estuarine Research Reserves in the country, this 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.

Adopt a Nest Season is open!

Sea turtles are critical to the health of our ecosystem. They keep sea grasses healthy by grazing and keep dunes healthy by nesting. Without them, our environment would suffer and so would our quality of life.

You can help by adopting a nest between May 1 and July 31. By adopting a nest, you support over 25 years of research on sea turtles while learning about their behaviors and nest success. Funds raised through the Adopt a Nest program provide needed equipment, supplies and materials for the Sea Turtle Patrol at GTM, and ensures data is contributed to state, national, and international programs that help protect sea turtles.

ADOPT TODAY! To become a Proud Turtle Parent, Turtle Bestie, or Turtle Buddy click HERE.