Welcome to the GTM Research Reserve!

Habitats at GTM

The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve) is dedicated to the conservation of natural biodiversity and cultural resources through research and monitoring to guide science-based stewardship and education strategies. 

We encourage you to visit these popular education and recreation sites within the Reserve:
Environmental Education Center

Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
(closed on state holidays)

Entrance Fees:
$2 per adult 
$1 per child 10-17
Free for children under 10


Trailhead and Beach Lots

Hours: 8:00 am to Sunset

Parking Fees:
$3 per vehicle (up to 8 people)
$1 entrance fee per pedestrian, bicyclist, etc.
Guana Dam

Hours: 4:00 am - 11:00pm

Parking Fees:
$3 per vehicle (up to 8 people)
$1 entrance fee per pedestrian, bicyclist, etc. 

This website is provided by The Friends of the GTM Reserve, a private non-profit citizen organization established to support and enhance environmental education, stewardship of natural and cultural resources, and scientific research of the GTM Research Reserve through volunteer initiatives, citizen involvement, and community partnerships.

News & Events

Adventures in the Estuary Camp is a fun and educational way for your child to discover the importance of the coastal community, explore the many habitats found at the GTM Research Reserve, and even participate in research projects just like the biologists who work here! All sessions will be balanced with camp games and crafts that support the learning themes! This year we're dividing our age groups into separate months. June is for 7-10 year olds and July is for 10-12 year olds. Each week will focus on a specific habitat that comprises the estuarine ecosystem (Beach, Estuary, and Uplands). Camps run Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Blue Star Museum

Starting May 21, 2014 the GTM Research Reserve is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. Free admission to the GTM Research Reserve's Environmental Education Center is being offered to the nation's active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve and their families, from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. For additional information please visit http://arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums.

The GTM Research Reserve has been voted the "Best Place to Kayak" by Folio Weekly

Paddle the GTM Research Reserve! The coastal estuary offers incredible views of lush vegetation, nesting bald eagles, and possible encounters with the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin and the West Indian manatee. Most of all, this area provides a glimpse into what real Florida has to offer; shear beauty nestled between civilization to the north and south.

Learn more about some of the kayaking opportunities at the Reserve by clicking here.

Our Most Popular Public Programs
Maritime Hammock

Outdoor guided hikes and activities 

Saturdays 8:30am - 10:30am

Join us as we head outside on our trails, beaches and waterways. Every Saturday we offer an outdoor activity that the whole family will enjoy!
Young sea turtles

More than you ever wanted to know about...

Educational presentation every second Saturday 11:00am - 12:00pm

Marineland lectures and guided hikes

Join our experienced Docents as they lead you through the River to Sea Preserve or around the Matanzas Inlet and discover the beautiful beaches or the quiet cool Maritime Hammock!

Additional Announcements
Race winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2014 Friends of the GTM Reserve Trail Run!

You can see the results of the race by clicking here, and you can see photos of the participants here.

We look forward to running with you next year!

505 Guana River Road
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082
Tel: (904)823-4500