Join the Friends and receive discounts and access to special events. Membership starts at $50 and all proceeds go toward the programs at the GTM NERR.

Become a member.


Help with beach clean ups, become a citizen scientist, or lend a hand with one of our programs. Spend as little as an hour or get involved on a regular basis.

Become a volunteer.

Volunteer calendar. 


The Friends are here to bridge the gap in funding for the GTM NERR and we need your support to do that. Consider a legacy gift or a one-time contribution.

Make a donation.

Sea turtles have been using our beaches as nesting grounds since the era of the dinosaurs. Today, these gentle creatures are facing the same fate as the dinosaurs – extinction. The GTM Research Reserve Sea Turtle Patrol Program is a volunteer-based effort to monitor and evaluate sea turtle nests on the Reserve’s beach. The volunteers educate many people each year through direct contact on the beach and through lecture presentations. By adopting a nest, your support will enable these volunteers to increase awareness and continue their outreach and educational efforts.

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Support the education, research, and stewardship at the Reserve by purchasing a brick that paves the way to the front door of our Environmental Education Center. Bricks are available in 4″x 8″ and 8″x 8″ and can be personalized in honor of or in memory of a loved one. All proceeds benefit the programs at the GTM Research Reserve.

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The GTM Research Reserve responds to the community’s needs for education, research, and stewardship by being nimble. This means that when new opportunities arise, the Friends are here to help with funding and resources. The Friends have funded repairs following Hurricane Matthew, special research projects, staff training, and more. Consider making a contribution to one of our special projects.

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Because of you…

  • National Estuaries Day events
  • Annual volunteer appreciation dinner
  • Coast and Ocean Alliance Meeting
  • Sea Turtle monitoring program
  • North Atlantic Right Whale research
  • Eagle Scout projects
  • Program equipment, supplies, and transportation
  • State of the Reserve symposium
  • Adventure in the Estuaries Summer Camp
  • Estu-Scary Halloween Trails

Our generous sponsors