The Friends of the GTM Reserve

The Friends of the GTM Research Reserve is a private non-profit citizen organization supporting the GTM Research Reserve’s education, stewardship, and research. We accomplish this via volunteer initiatives, citizen involvement, and community partnerships. Learn how you can support the Friend’s efforts.

The GTM Research Reserve

The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve is a collaboration between Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Reserve covers 74,000 acres of coastal lands in northeast Florida from Ponte Vedra Beach to Palm Coast. The GTM Research Reserve is one of 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves around the country that focuses on research, education, and stewardship.

Our 21,000 square foot Environmental Education Center includes interpretive exhibits, aquariums, classrooms, teaching and working laboratories, an auditorium and an outdoor amphitheater overlooking the Guana River Aquatic Preserve. Education staff offer programming for all ages on the importance of the estuary. Our Coastal Training Program offers training for professionals on issues of concern in our local community including watershed, invasive plants, and much more. Learn more about our educational opportunities.

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