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“Excellent education center, large reserve” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
(904) 823-4500
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Owner description: The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve) is dedicated to the conservation of natural biodiversity and cultural resources through research and monitoring to guide science-based stewardship and education strategies. The GTM Research Reserve was formed through a collaboration of Florida's Department of Environmental Protection and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It covers 74,000 acres of coastal lands in northeast Florida from Ponte Vedra Beach to Palm Coast. The GTM Research Reserve is part of a national system of research reserves that focus on research, education and stewardship. The GTM Research Reserve has a 21,000 square foot Environmental Education Center which includes interpretive exhibits, aquariums, classrooms, teaching and working laboratories, an auditorium and an outdoor amphitheater overlooking the Guana River Aquatic Preserve. Education staff offer programming for all ages on the importance of estuarine ecosystems. A Coastal Training Program offers training for professionals on issues of concern in our local community including watershed, invasive plants and much more.
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“Excellent education center, large reserve”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2011 via mobile

This is somewhat like a national park with a research and education focus. The education center is really well done. On the ceiling are life size replicas of Right whales, turtles and more. The exhibits are really well done. The beach across the street is a shallow slope and quiet. Good place forthe family.

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“Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2009

This is located just north of Vilano or is considered South Ponte Vedra. I am a local and never knew this was here. I had family in town so I took my 13 yo nephew and sister in law. This was a wonderful educational facility! So much to look at and i thought very cheap ($2 for an adult). They featured a turtle the day we were there. I enjoyed this myself.

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