The GTM Research Reserve needs more Friends like you.

Become a Friend of the GTM Reserve and support education, research, and stewardship.




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

What do we do? 

Our Friends give their time and treasure to the GTM Research Reserve. We assist with special work projects and participate in fun events and field trips at the Reserve. We promote events to focus attention on the GTM Research Reserve and its special character. We raise money through membership and sponsorship and those dollars fund the important and vital work done at the GTM Research Reserve. We fund special projects, education, research, and stewardship programs. We also apply for special grants to continue the great work that protects the watershed and ecosystems within the reserve. We raise awareness in our community by serving as champions for the Reserve by talking about its value and importance with our friends, colleagues, family, and associates.

We love the GTM Research Reserve. If you love it, too, we invite you to become a Friend of the GTM Reserve today!

Because of our Friends members, the following programs, activities, and events are held to achieve our mission:

OceanWise: An Evening for the Estuaries
Annual Trail Run
National Estuaries Day
Guana River Kayak tours
Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
Coast and Ocean Alliance Meeting
Southeast Atlantic Right Whale Implementation Team Meeting
Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas Management Team Meeting
Law Enforcement Training in Archaeological Regulations and Enforcement

Archaeological Monitor Training Workshop
GIS Training for Local Governments
Underwater Archaeology Symposium
Green Lodging workshop
Sea Turtle Monitoring Program
Education Program Equipment, Supplies, and School Transportation Costs
Research on the North Atlantic Right Whale
Eagle Scout Projects
Improved Accessibility at Guana Beach Access Points


Because of you, the GTM Research Reserve is doing great things for environmental education, scientific research, and natural and cultural stewardship. As one of 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves in the country, the GTM Research Reserve is special — and you know it. Your philanthropy, volunteerism, and patronage are what ensures the Reserve can continue its work. We thank you for being a leader and champion for our mission.


Lifetime members

Ms. Kimberly Donahue

Ms. Katherine A. Kent

Mr. and Mrs. Mike and Lynne Otrok


Ms. Nancy Condron

Mr. and Mrs. Bob and Mary Ellen Darretta

Mr. Harvey Jones

Mr. and Mrs. David and Lori Moffett

Mr. and Mrs. Alex and Mary Wade

Mr. Roger Woolsey


M. Carusillo

Mr. Robert Dawkins

Mrs. Janet Koehler

Mr. and Mrs. Jason and Jeniffer Milazzo

Ms. Theadora Siragusa

Are you a UNF student who loves our beaches, trails, boat ramps, and fishing?

Thanks to a special partnership between the University of North Florida and the GTM Research Reserve, UNF students can purchase an ECOPass at special discounted rate from the Friends of the GTM Reserve. To learn more, click here.