GTM-NERR Environmental Education Center
Ponte Vedra Beach, Baker County
The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM-NERR) covers 74,000 acres of coastal lands in Northeast Florida. Humans have used the area for thousands of years. Sixty-one archaeological sites are recorded in the area and include prehistoric Native American shell middens, burial mounds, a Spanish mission, and homestead sites. The Shell Bluff Landing site is an extensive shell midden that contains cultural material from 2000 BC. to present that was listed on the National Register in 1991.
Did You Know...
- The Environmental Education Center includes interpretive exhibits, aquariums, classrooms, laboratories, and an auditorium. Public programs are offered throughout the year.
- An archaeological site on the Reserve called Shell Bluff Landing includes a coquina block well built by Minorcans in the 1800s.
- Several 19th- and 20th-century archaeological sites associated with the Bella Vista Plantation are within the Southern Component of the GTM Reserve.