GTM Research Reserve Education Center

GTM Research Reserve Education Center

GTM Research Reserve Nature Trail

GTM Research Reserve Nature Trail

Nature Enthusiasts Flock to Ponte Vedra Beach

Nature enthusiasts. Outdoor sportsmen. Wildlife explorers. There's something for every age and interest at the GTM Research Reserve.

The GTM Research Reserve is a dynamic, ever-changing outdoor attraction with habitats ranging from the ocean to the forests. The Reserve covers 74,000 acres of coastal lands in Northeast Florida, from Ponte Vedra Beach to Palm Coast. It has extensive nature trails, fishing and an outstanding environmental education center. Enjoy the outdoors, discover new species of wildlife and marine life, learn more about the area’s fauna and flora, and get together with friends and family for free events every weekend.

GTM Research Reserve Guided Exploration Hike

The first Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m., take a guided exploration hike that focuses on the Guana Peninsula’s 5,000 years of human history. This 1.5-mile guided walking tour departs from the Trailhead Pavilion located just west of the Guana Dam. The program is free. There is a $3 parking fee. 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 904-823-4500, www.gtmnerr.org

Family Seining at the GTM Research Reserve

Join docents the second and fourth Saturdays from 8:30-10:30 a.m. to learn how to pull a seine net. Participants will collect fish and crabs as well as learn about their habitats and role in the environment. Waders and boots provided. The program takes place in the Environmental Education Center. There is a $3 parking fee per vehicle. 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 904-823-4500, www.gtmnerr.org

Beach Exploration at the GTM Research Reserve

Join the GTM Research Reserve on the third Saturday each month for this family friendly beach walk at the Guana South Beach location from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Participants will learn about the animals that live at the beach as well as other interesting beach facts. Parking is $3 per vehicle. 1798 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 904-823-4500, www.gtmnerr.org