Free Event

GTM Marineland Beach Walk

9 - 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4, and Thursday, May 18, 2017

Visitors can enjoy a scenic walk along the beach while they learn about marine life, dunes ecology, and shore dynamics.

GTM Research Reserve Marineland
(904) 823-4500
  • The Guana Tolomato Matanzas (GTM) Research Reserve offers free guided trail walks along the beach near Marineland on select dates in 2017. The next two Beach Walks will be on Tuesday, April 4, and Thursday, May 18, 2017, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

    A GTM Research Reserve interpretive guide leads the beach walk, pointing out shorebirds, mollusks, and shells, as well as the geology of the area. Tour participants will learn all about sand -- its composition, what causes it to be different colors, and the dynamics of the movement of the shore. Also discussed on the tour are coquina rocks, and the flora and fauna of the dune ecosystem, including the humble gopher tortoise, who digs deep burrows into the sand. 

    The tour guides recommend that participants wear comfortable walking shoes and bring sun protection and a camera.

    Admission: Free, but reservations ARE required. Call (904) 823-4500 or visit here to RSVP.

    When: From 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4, and Thursday, May 18, 2017.

    Where: The tour departs from the GTM Marineland Office at 9741 Ocean Shore Blvd. in Marineland, FL 32137.

    GTMNERR is a protected stretch of land consisting of wetlands, estuaries, and more on Florida's East Coast that actively works to maintain and help preserve the natural landscape of Florida. The GTMNERR's volunteers and employees are dedicated to the preservation of an unspoiled and undeveloped natural treasure, supporting a vibrant ecosystem and subsystems.

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