Friends of the GTM Reserve’s gala fundraising event, OceanWise: An Evening for the Estuaries was a huge success! Music played on the Turtle Pad; sustainable food was provided by area restaurants; a silent auction (which included a Hobie Mirage Tandem Island kayak); a Turtle Crawl game co-hosted by GTM Research Reserve Director, Dr. Mike Shirley and emcee, Jessica Clark, reporter for First Coast News; the Adopt-a-Nest program where folks became proud turtle parents; and words about sea turtles from keynote speaker, Cat Eastman rounded out the evening’s festivities.

For more information about how to become a member of Friends of the GTM Reserve, call 904-823-4526.