We in Jacksonville are fortunate to have a wonderful natural resource and educational facility in our midst. The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR) is just to our south, protecting over 73,000 acres in St. Johns and Flagler Counties.
The reserve provides essential habitat for over 1200 species of plants and animals. The GTMNERR’s Environmental Education Center offers programs for both children and adults to learn about our coastal and estuarine systems. The center also provides brown bag lunches, nature walks and other educational activities.
The reserve also promotes research and monitoring for sea turtles and water quality among other issues.
On October 15, 2011, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., plan to attend Oceanwise – An Event for the Estuaries. The cost of the event is $50.
This is a sustainable food event, hosted by Friends of the GTM Reserve. The event will take place at the GTMNERR Environmental Education Center off of State Road A1A in Ponte Vedra Beach. The night will start with a cocktail reception, then chefs from several local restaurants will provide a variety of sustainable seafood. A silent auction will be held to benefit the Friends of the GTM Reserve, a “private non-profit citizen organization established to support and enhance environmental education, stewardship of natural and cultural resources, and scientific research of the GTMNERR through volunteer initiatives, citizen involvement, and community partnerships.”
You can register to attend the event now. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for those that wish to contribute.