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Adventures in the Estuary Summer Camp – Forest Week II

WHO: The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve or GTM Research Reserve, a living laboratory and coastal recreation area! WHAT (Day Camps) - Week II's are extensions of Week I's. Campers do not need to attend Week I in order to know what's going on during Week II. The lessons and activities (for the most part) will [...]

July 23rd, 2018|Comments Off on Adventures in the Estuary Summer Camp – Forest Week II

Adventures in the Estuary Summer Camp – Forest Week I

WHO: The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve or GTM Research Reserve, a living laboratory and coastal recreation area! WHAT (Day Camps) - Week II's are extensions of Week I's. Campers do not need to attend Week I in order to know what's going on during Week II. The lessons and activities (for the most part) will [...]

July 16th, 2018|Comments Off on Adventures in the Estuary Summer Camp – Forest Week I

Adventures in the Estuary Summer Camp – Estuary Week II

WHO: The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve or GTM Research Reserve, a living laboratory and coastal recreation area! WHAT (Day Camps) - Week II's are extensions of Week I's. Campers do not need to attend Week I in order to know what's going on during Week II. The lessons and activities (for the most part) will [...]

July 9th, 2018|Comments Off on Adventures in the Estuary Summer Camp – Estuary Week II

Adventures in the Estuary Summer Camp – Estuary Week I

WHO: The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve or GTM Research Reserve, a living laboratory and coastal recreation area! WHAT (Day Camps) - Week II's are extensions of Week I's. Campers do not need to attend Week I in order to know what's going on during Week II. The lessons and activities (for the most part) will [...]

June 25th, 2018|Comments Off on Adventures in the Estuary Summer Camp – Estuary Week I

GTM Launches Pilot Program with UNF Students

Attention all UNF students who enjoy the outdoors! We have the perfect opportunity for you! The Friends of the GTM Reserve is offering for a limited time an all-inclusive EcoPASS to current UNF students for just $15. (This offer is a $38 discount on regular annual pass!) It includes a Friends of the GTM Reserve membership, which entitles you [...]

July 29th, 2016|News|Comments Off on GTM Launches Pilot Program with UNF Students

Estuary Week is Back!

Estuary Week is back for our 4-6 and 7-9 year-old summer campers! Starting Monday, campers will participate in hands-on activities that focus on their coastal environment and the biodiversity of the estuary. Some of last year's activities included kayaking, ocean seining, ocean art projects, research projects, and games! This year's Estuary Week will focus on the estuary habitat. [...]

July 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Estuary Week is Back!

Weird Animal Wednesday!

This week's weird animal comes from the bottom of the ocean and can camouflage into its environment. You guessed it! It's a gulf flounder (Paralichthys albigutta). This fish was found during an ocean seining with our 10-12 year-old ocean week campers. You can see one of the campers comparing this flounder to the identification sheet. Unlike most fish, [...]

July 6th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Weird Animal Wednesday!

Weird Animal Wednesday!

This week's Weird Animal Wednesday really packs a punch! Last Wednesday, the 10-12 year-old Ocean Week campers found a mantis shrimp over by Shell Bluff Road during an ocean seining! The mantis shrimp is one of the fiercest stomatopods in the ocean because of their mighty punch, massive size and incredible eyesight. This isn't the [...]

June 29th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Weird Animal Wednesday!

Adventures in the Estuary: Seabin Project

This week, the GTM Research Reserve's Adventures in the Estuary (10-12 year old) campers focus on the issue of marine debris! Soda cans, plastic bags, and other sources of debris can cause a major threat to ocean life. To help create a solution to this growing challenge, the campers are building a device that acts as [...]

June 23rd, 2016|News|Comments Off on Adventures in the Estuary: Seabin Project

Weird Animal Wednesday

It's that time of the week! Weird Animal Wednesday presents a green heron chick! One of our summer camp counselors found a baby green heron along with two other chicks! This picture was taken Monday during the first day of our Ocean Week Summer Camp. When these chicks are fully grown, they'll have a long [...]

June 15th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Weird Animal Wednesday