Hello teachers! Mote is excited to welcome you back for the 2021-22 school year. We look forward to sharing the ocean and Mote research with you and your students. All Mote programs are aligned with Florida State Science Standards to help students meet requirements on state assessment tests. Experienced Mote Educators lead your program, giving your students access to Mote’s world-class marine research and helping them learn science concepts while inspiring wonder about the world around us.

Online Virtual Explorations

SEA Show – free seasonal virtual programs

  1. 🦈  Virtual Shark Zone Tour, October 27, 2021   — . For 3–12 via Zoom Webinar.
  2. 🦃  Thanksgiving in the Ocean, November 19, 2021  1:00 pm — 1:45 pm – What do animals eat for Thanksgiving? Find out the favorite foods of Hugh and Buffett, our resident manatees, as we celebrate the SEAson atop our 75,000 gallon habitat during feeding time. For K-6 via CISCO webex.

CILC Pinnacle Award

Mote SEA Trek – award-winning virtual programs in your classroom

Mote Marine Laboratory has over 20 years of experience delivering secure, two-way, interactive virtual experiences to Sarasota classrooms. We connect your learners to our STEM subject matter experts and engage their curiosity with science demonstrations and lively animal encounters. We can see and hear your learners and they can see and hear us via private, safe, interactive videoconferencing connections. Our award winning lessons are based on over 60 years of marine research at our lab and are available in 30 and 60 minute lengths with options for K-12th grades.

Off Campus Field Trips

Mote Explorations – indoor programs at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

We create a custom agenda for you based on your class size, arrival and departure time, and options selected during registration. Your group will be split into sets of up to 20 students. Students sets will rotate between the indoor Mote Exploration and tours of  Mote Aquarium and Marine Mammal Center. Admission to Mote Marine Aquarium and Marine Mammal Center is included. Mote Explorations are one hour in length for kindergarten through 12th grade. We recommend groups plan to spend 3-4 hours total at Mote for their program, picnic lunch, and tours.

Field Explorations – outdoor programs at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

Field Explorations are outdoor, water-based programs for up to 30 students per session. There is no chaperone limit for Field Explorations. Programs are one hour. All Explorations include admission to Mote Aquarium and Marine Mammal Center.


Our EdExploreSRQ programs are eligible for funding from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, as well as the Education Foundation of Sarasota County.

Explorations Contact: Lauren Markham, Manager, Operations & Administration

Phone: (941) 388-4441;348

Email: educate@mote.org

Website: https://mote.org/education

Summer or Family Programs? Yes - See Description for More

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