Mote Marine Laboratory

Mote Marine Laboratory

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

Swimming With Sharks, the Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark, Monday, May 4, 2022,  1:00 pm–1:45 pm ET

Join us for a 100 year celebration honoring the life of Dr. Eugenie Clark, the founder of Mote Marine Laboratory and a pioneering women in STEM. We read a story book together about her life and learn all about “The Shark Lady.” For K-5 via CISCO webex.

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.

Find out what you need to connect.
Sarasota teachers – ask your school TSP for help. They have cameras and equipment available to help you connect successfully!

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.

Visit our website for Policies, FAQs, Chaperone requirements, and additional information.

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.

Find out what to bring and what to wear here.


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



(941) 388-4441;348

Field Trip: Become a Scientist (Wild for Literacy Program)

Program description

Students will investigate what it is truly like to be a scientist. We will transform your students into little marine scientists to discover a mystery animal. During this time, students will learn about the different tools and methods used by scientists.

This program had been adapted to be part of the WILD for Literacy Program. This exploration includes FREE pre/post books and a memory journal as a follow up activity. 

Booking / scheduling contact

Brad Tanner

   (941) 388-4441;351

Program detail
Artistic discipline:
Cultural Origin: Array, Array
Program type: Off-Campus Field Trip
Population served: K-2
Subject: Language Arts, Science
Bilingual: No

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway

Sarasota FL 34236

Fees / Ticketing:



Is transportation needed for this exploration?: Yes
If Yes, who arranges transportation?: School
Is financial assistance offered?: No

Program info

Summer or Family Programs Offered?: yes