Welcome to the GTM Research Reserve!

Teeming with life, the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve) is a dynamic, ever changing place with many interconnected habitats from the ocean to the forests. The landscape protects and provides for a great diversity of plants and animals. People have historically changed and preserved this ecosystem. People are an important part of the future of this landscape. This is your reserve! Enjoy, share, and protect it. Visit us today!

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We need your help. Join, volunteer or donate today.

Learn about our different programs and events at the reserve.

Come see all our different resources available at the reserve.

Support GTM. Write a postcard.

Friends postcard

On Thursday, March 23rd, the Friends of the GTM Reserve held a Postcard Party at the Environmental Education Center. From that initiative, more than 100 postcards were sent to our congressional representatives to show support for programs that are so vital to our coastal ecosystems. If you were not able to attend, or if you would like to have a Postcard Party of your own, you can download a postcard template HERE. Contact details for Florida’s congressional representatives are available here: Contact your representatives.

Why postcards and why now? The GTM Research Reserve is partially funded through a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). These funds are in jeopardy. Without the NOAA grant, the Reserve may not survive. We need you to reach out to your congressional representatives to let them know the GTM Research Reserve, and the entire National Estuarine Research Reserve System, is important to you and a postcard is a quick and simple way for you to share that message.

If you’d like some facts about the GTM Research Reserve and how the Friends support their programs, click HERE. If you’d like to learn more about how the Reserve is funded and why we need your help, send me an email at ellen.leroy-reed@gtmnerr.org.

Thank you for being a champion for the GTM Research Reserve!

Ellen Leroy-Reed, Executive Director

Friends of the GTM Reserve