Guided Explorations at the GTM Research Reserve *event descriptions below
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Join the GTM Research Reserve on a guided exploration of our beautiful estuary ecosystem. Below are briefs descriptions of the offered explorations.
Guided Exploration Hike (click here for map) 10/1, 11/5
On the first Saturday of every month, from 8:30-10:30 a.m., visitors can learn about the cultural history of the Guana Peninsula as well as the natural biodiversity of the reserve during a guided hike. Hear about the peninsula’s 5,000 years of human history, including how native peoples used estuarine resources, what European plantation life was like and current efforts to learn about and save these resources.
Guided Beach Exploration (click here for map) 10/15, 11/19
On the third Saturday of the month, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., join GTM Research Reserve guides for a beach walk at the Guana south beach location. Learn about the animals that call the beach their home as well as seashells and other interesting facts. This is a “Beaches 101” experience that the entire family will enjoy.
Family Seining (click here for map) 10/8, 10/22, 11/12, 11/26
On the second and fourth Saturday of every month, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. we lead a guided family seining activity. Visitors will get the chance to pull a seine net through Guana Lake, collecting species of fish, crabs and more, and then learn about the animals and their roles in the habitat. All necessary gear including waders and boots will be provided.
Marineland Beach Walk (click here for map) 10/22, 11/9
Every beach has its own story to tell. Why is the sand fine or coarse and how did it get its color? Which shells landed on this beach? Are there any shark's teeth? Get to know the beach in an entirely new way. An interpretive guide will tell you about everything from shore birds to coquina rocks and the flowers blooming along the dunes. Bring your camera for a likely shot of one of the dune's resident gopher tortoises. Join us from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
River-to-Sea Preserve Guided Trail Walk (click here for map) 10/12, 11/16
The GTM Research Reserve offers you an opportunity to follow the wooded trail to the Matanzas River at the River-to-Sea Preserve. An interpretive guide will tell you all about old Florida's moss-laden trees, seasonal flowering shrubs, and Native American lore including how they used various plants for food, beverage and medicine. Join us from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Matanzas Inlet Guided Walk (click here for map)
This is a guided interpretive walk around the Matanzas Inlet, in partnership with the National Park Service. Your guide will explain the inlet dynamics and movement of the sand as the sea constantly rearranges the shore. Hikers will see seashells and seabirds, along with learning about coquina rock, dune vegetation, heavy minerals, mollusks, the cool habits of crabs, and much more. Join us from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
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Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve