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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.
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

the museum/aquarium is a great place...located on the river, it offers spectacular views of the water and wildlife......well done!!

Visited October 2012
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Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
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“Dial out from technology”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Rented a kayak and had the most peaceful day. Great place to crab or fish also...bike and hiking trails also...beautiful, quintessential Florida scenery

Visited December 2012
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Jacksonville, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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“Unspoiled”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Unspoiled Natural spot to walk and think. Florida at its natural best . Wild life abounds and it is very educational for everyone even the kids

Visited September 2012
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St Augustine, Florida
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17 attraction reviews
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“An Amazing beach in pristne condition”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

I have gone to this beach many times over the past 25 years. It is a rare example of what the coastal beaches, dunes and wetlands must have been like before developers got their hands on Florida. I have seen sea turtles hatch and leaving their nest for the sea, dolpins at play as well as swimming sharks here

Visited August 2012
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“A must see for everybody.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

We live in the area and come here as often as possible. Lots of wildlife. I recommend this for everyone both near and far

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