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Join us on Wednesday, January 24th, from 9:00-10:30 am, for the guided trail walk at the River-to-Sea Preserve. See the changes wrought by Hurricane Irma. Then, step into the ancient Florida coastal woodlands along the preserve trail and learn how Native Americans once thrived there on nature’s bounty. Your GTM Research Reserve interpretive guide will point out indigenous plants bordering the trail to the Matanzas River where the mangroves grow.

Look for the GTM Field Office sign, just South of Marineland Dolphin Adventure (across from the ocean). Your guide will meet you in the parking lot. Click here to reserve a spot online or call 904-823-4500 for more information.

  • Do I need a reservation to attend? Yes, please register online by following the links provided above.
  • If I can’t make it, how do I cancel my reservation? Upon making the reservation you should have received an email confirmation. There is information about canceling within the email. Since a lot of our guided family programs are full, we strongly encourage you to cancel (as opposed to just not showing up) so that we may accommodate another person/family.
  • What should I wear? Please wear clothing that is appropriate for outdoors. It’s always recommended to dress in layers and prepare for any type of weather. We strongly encourage that you wear closed-toe shoes, and strongly discourage wearing flip-flops.
  • How long is the walk? Round trip, the walk is a bit less than one mile. The walk takes about an hour and a half.
  • Can I bring my dog? You are welcome to bring a dog. Please keep in mind that all dogs must remain on a leash, and all waste must be promptly cleaned by the owner. Please be mindful of other visitors when bringing a dog.
  • What should I bring? Please bring a reusable water bottle (that can be filled up at the Pavilion), insect repellent (strongly recommended), sunscreen, and binoculars/camera.
  • Where should I meet my guide? Your guide will be waiting for you at the GTM Marineland Field Office located at 9741 N Oceanshore Blvd, Marineland Florida. The event begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • What will I learn from this? See the changes wrought by Hurricane Matthew. Then, step into the ancient Florida coastal woodlands along the preserve trail and learn how Native Americans once thrived there on nature’s bounty. Your GTM Research Reserve interpretive guide will point out indigenous plants bordering the trail to the Matanzas River where the mangroves grow.
  • Are there any fees? No.
  • Is there anything else to see afterwards? You’re welcome to further explore the pathways yourself, or venture across the street to the beautiful beach. If you head further south you’ll find Washington Oaks Gardens State Park (CLICK HERE to learn more).

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