Education students with water quality equipment.

We provide formal and informal education activities, as well as outreach activities that target culturally diverse audiences of educators and students, environmental professionals, resource users and the general public. Education and public programs, interpretive exhibits and community outreach programs integrate elements of Reserve System science, research and monitoring activities and ensure a systematic, multi-faceted, and locally focused approach to fostering stewardship.

We are committed to preparing today’s and tomorrow’s leaders with the knowledge and understanding of our nation’s oceans and coasts to be responsible stewards.

Students pulling seine net through Guana RiverWe offer many types of guided field experiences for K-12 students throughout the school year. Please feel free to visit our Student Programming Page to check out a description of each experience and also to reserve your onsite visit!

A couple things to note:
  • Reservations are required
  • Aligned to State and National standards
  • Aligned to Ocean and Estuarine Literacy Principles
  • 10:1 Student/Adult Ratio
  • Minimum group size = 10
  • Maximum group size = 45
  • No fee for school groups with reservation
Campers kayaking in Guana LakeOur Adventures in the Estuary Summer Camps immerse campers in the ocean, beach, estuary, and forest habitats. While investigating how and why the habitats are always changing they will get to experience the rich biodiversity within. Campers will take part in scientific monitoring and stewardship activities very similar to the programs our biologists conduct on site.

Camps are one-week long (Monday - Friday) from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. We offer camps for students from 4-6yrs, 7-9yrs, and 10-12yrs. One of the new things we're trying out for 2016 is our Junior Camp Counselor program for past GTM Research Reserve campers between 13-15yrs. Click here to view and sign up for our summer camps.
Volunteers at an outreach event.We want you to feel that this is YOUR special place that you love and want to protect. Our guided explorations and presentations will inspire individuals and communities to take action in protecting this place for the future. Check out our calendar for upcoming events or click the links below for more information about each program and to RSVP.
  • Guided Family Explorations - This includes the Guided Nature and Cultural Hike along the Guana Peninsula, Guided Beach Hike along Guana Beach, Matanzas Inlet Hike, River-to-Sea Preserve Nature Hike, Marineland Beach Hike, and Family Seining.
  • Marineland Lecture Series - This program is one of an ongoing lecture series presented on the 3rd Tuesday of the month by the GTM Research Reserve and Marineland Dolphin Adventure.
  • Afternoon Insights - This is offered on a quarterly basis. Visitors have the opportunity to learn more than they ever wanted to know about plant and animal life found in estuarine habitats.
State of the Reserve presentationHelping communities and the nation address coastal issues is what drives the National Estuarine Research Reserves’ training efforts.

The Coastal Training Program consists of training professionals from the national program and the 28-site reserve system working together to develop a curriculum that moves national coastal management priorities forward, addresses local needs, and ensures the effective use of reserve-based science.

Click to learn about professional opportunities or meet our Coastal Training staff.