The Friends of the GTM Research Reserve is a 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 76,760 acres of coastal lands in northeast Florida from Ponte Vedra Beach to Palm Coast. The GTM Research Reserve is one of 29 National Estuarine Research Reserves around the country that focuses on research, education, and stewardship.
Our 21,000 square foot Visitor 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 Collaboration 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.