The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve Environmental Education Center

The GTM Reserve’s Environmental Education Center provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the many functions of the coastal and estuarine ecosystem and the natural history of Northeast Florida. The center contains natural & cultural history exhibits, aquariums, an audiovisual theatre/auditorium, a laboratory, and a nature store. Outdoor recreational activities include a picnic pavilion, 10 miles of hiking trails, 4 beach access points, fishing area, and 2 small boat ramps.

Learn about the importance of the estuary and the Research Reserve’s role in protecting our coastal resources. Examine live & replica inhabitants of our local estuary. Admission, which supports the volunteer organization, is $2 adults, $1 children. The Center is open 9AM-4PM, 7 Days a Week (Closed on State Holidays) Information provided courtesy of Friends of the GTM Reserve For additional information about estuaries, visit for information.

Visitor Tip

16.7 miles heading south on the byway.

19.1 miles – South Ponte Vedra Park North beach parking/walkover
___ miles – Mid-Beach Parking and Walkover
22.7 miles – Lower beach access, bathrooms, playground on west side
____miles – Usina Boat Ramp Park
____miles – Boating Club Road Boat Ramp
____miles – North Beach Park