This summer, kids can get involved in something fishy: ocean-themed summer camps from Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. Mote is a world-class marine research facility offering informal science education that goes beyond the textbook and into the Bay. Registration is now open for pre-K through high school camps starting in June 2014 at Mote’s main Lab on City Island, Sarasota, and in the Florida Keys. All camps are day camps except for the overnights in the Florida Keys. Register here.

Campers can discover the wonders of marine animals and environments studied by Mote scientists — a great way to gain steam in STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math) even when school is out.

We update the enrollment status of our camps on our Web site weekly. While this is a helpful guide, it is not a guarantee of camp openings. Our camps fill quickly and we encourage you to register early. Programs are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register here.

Please note: There is a 3% processing fee added to each registration. Camp activities are subject to change or cancellation based on weather conditions. Camp fees are not refundable unless Mote must cancel a program.

CAMPS

Mommy & Me

Camp name: Go Blue! 

Age: 2-5 with adult. 
Dates and times: 10 a.m. – noon. Tuesday through Thursday: June 16 – 20; June 23 – 27; June 30 – July 3; July 7 – 11.
Details: Campers will learn about the importance of protecting ocean animals and habitats through stories, songs, games, role playing, science tool kits, special visits to The Aquarium at Mote and exploration of Sarasota Bay. 
Fee: Mote members $135, with $30 for each additional child; non-members $145, with $39 for each additional child.

Camp name: Ocean Motion

Age: 2-5 with adult.
Dates and times: 10 a.m. – noon. Tuesday through Thursday: July 14 – 16; July 21 – 25; July 28 – Aug. 1; Aug. 4 – 8.
Details: Campers will learn about the unique ways ocean animals swim, hide and travel in our oceans for survival through stories, songs, games, role playing, science tool kits, visits to The Aquarium at Mote and explorations of Sarasota Bay. 
Fee: Mote members $135, with $30 for each additional child; non-members $145, with $39 for each additional child.

Aquakids

Camp name: Flukes, Flippers, Fins & Feet

Age: Students entering grades 1 – 4.
Dates and times: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday: June 9 – 13; June 23 – 27; July 7 –11; July 21 – 25; Aug. 4 – 8.
Details: What would you do with eight arms? Do sea urchins have feet? What’s the difference between a fin and a flipper? Discover the answers to these intriguing questions through hands-on activities, experiments, games and crafts. AquaKids will snorkel, visit The Aquarium at Mote and enjoy a boat trip around Sarasota Bay. Swimming skills are required.
Fee: Mote members $239; non-members $259. 

Camp name: Extreme Survivors

Age: Students entering grades 1-4.
Dates and times: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday: June 16 – 20; June 30 – July 3 (Monday – Thursday); July 14 – 18; July 28 – Aug. 1; Aug. 11 – 15.
Details: Deadly poison. Killer punches. Looking like a rock and hoping for the best. Discover the beautiful and extreme adaptations of marine life. Based on Mote’s new exhibit, Survivors: Beautiful and Extreme Adaptations, this camp includes special visits to The Aquarium at Mote, snorkeling in seagrass beds and a boat trip to explore Sarasota Bay. Swimming skills are required.
Fee: Mote members $239; non-members $259. Note: Fees for the 4-day week of June 30-July 3 are $192 for Mote members and $208 for non-members.

Sea Sleuths

Camp name: Extreme Survivors

Age: Students entering grades 5 – 8.
Dates and times: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday: June 9 – 13; June 23 – 27; July 7 – 11; July 21 – 25; Aug. 4 – 8.
Details: Deadly poison. Killer punches. Looking like a rock and hoping for the best. Discover the beautiful and extreme adaptations of marine life. Based on Mote’s new exhibit, Survivors: Beautiful and Extreme Adaptations, this camp includes special visits to The Aquarium at Mote, snorkeling in seagrass beds and a boat trip to explore Sarasota Bay. Swimming skills are required.
Fee: Mote members $239; non-members $259.

Camp name: Waves of Wonder

Age: Students entering grades 5 – 8.
Dates and times: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday: June 16 – 20; June 30 – July 3 (Monday through Thursday); July 14 – 18; July 28 – Aug. 1; Aug. 11 – 15.
Details: This hands-on science summer program will immerse campers in the world of marine biology and Mote research. Through kayaking, snorkeling and collecting specimens, campers will be inspired to explore their own questions and discover how science really works. Swimming skills are required.
Fee: Mote members $239; non-members $259. Note: Fees for the 4-day week of June 30-July 3 are $192 for Mote members and $208 for non-members.

Camp name: Underwater Robotics

Age: Students entering grades 5 – 8.
Dates and times**: 1 p.m. -  5 p.m. Monday through Friday: June 16 – 20; June 23 – 27; July 21 – 25 *(SciGirls presents Underwater Robotics); July 28 - Aug. 1.
Details: Campers will dive into underwater exploration, learning how to design and build their own underwater robot or remotely operated vehicle. At the end of the week, campers will put their robots to the test and complete a set of underwater missions just like true ocean engineers. Swimming skills are required. 
Fee: Mote members $239; non-members $259.

Camp name: Marine Careers

Ages: Students entering grades 5 – 8.
Dates and times*: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday: July 7 – 11; July 14 – 18; Aug. 4 – 8; Aug. 11 – 15
Details: Come explore some exciting careers in marine science with Mote. Meet Mote scientists, aquarists and trainers, do some hands-on field research and participate in training sessions as we step into the shoes of marine biologists. 
Fee: Mote members $239; non-members $259.

*If your camper wishes to stay all day, register for Extreme Survivors or Waves of Wonder for the morning session and Marine Careers or Underwater Robotics for the afternoon session. For students enrolled in morning and afternoon sessions, noon – 1 p.m. is designated for camper arrival, lunch and extra work time. Instruction will begin promptly at 1 p.m.

**The week of July 21 - 25 is scheduled as SciGirls presents Underwater Robotics. This week of camp will include principles and strategies to encourage STEM learning for girls. Registration is not limited to girls, but highly recommended for girls. If your camper wishes to stay all day, register for Sea Sleuths 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and Underwater Robotics from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Registration in both is recommended but not required. If you also register for Sea Sleuths, there will be a designated lunch time of 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Overnight Camps in the Florida Keys

Camp name: Discovering the Florida Keys

Age: Students entering grades 7 – 8.
Dates and times: Monday morning through Friday evening: June 16 – 20; July 7 – 11; July 28 - Aug. 1.
Details: Travel to Mote’s Tropical Research Laboratory on Summerland Key for an incredible week of marine exploration. Snorkel at Looe Key Reef, kayak through mangrove tunnels, explore tide pools at Bahia Honda State Park and visit Marathon’s Turtle Hospital. The highlight of the week is an all-day boat excursion to Dry Tortugas National Park. Mote provides round trip ground transportation from Sarasota, field trip transportation in the Keys, lodging, food and snorkel gear. This is a snorkeling camp only — no scuba available. Swimming skills required.
Fee: Mote members $1,005; non-member $1,055.

Camp name: Ecology of the Florida Keys

Age: Students entering grades 9 –12.
Dates and times: Monday morning through Friday evening: June 9 – 13; June 23 – 27; July 21 – 25; Aug. 4 –8.
Details: Explore the marine life in the Florida Keys! We’ll use Mote’s Tropical Research Laboratory in Summerland Key as a base camp, while we SCUBA dive (if certified) or snorkel throughout the Keys. This program also includes tide pool walks, a fishing trip, a kayaking excursion and a visit to the Dolphin Research Center. Mote provides round trip ground transportation from Sarasota, field trip transportation in the Keys, lodging, food and scuba/snorkel gear. Swimming skills are required.
Fee: 
For snorkelers: Mote members $1,005; non-members $1,055.
For scuba divers: Mote members $1,105; non-members $1,155.

Special Program: Combine your Mote Summer Camp with the Sarasota Youth Sailing Program. Call 941.504.4236 or email sarasotayouthsailing@gmail.com for full details.

Registration Information

Participants must be pre-registered by 5 p.m. the Wednesday of the week before their camp program begins. Due to the extensive preparation we undergo to be ready for each camper, we are unable to accept on-site registration.

Important Change for 2014

All required summer camp paperwork and confirmation materials will be emailed to you. The link to these materials will be at the bottom of the email you receive confirming your child's camp slot.  Please REVIEW and COMPLETE ALL MATERIALS, including the Emergency Medical Treatment Authorization and Video Release Form (which needs to be signed by the camper's legal guardian). This form may be faxed, mailed or emailed to:

Mote Marine Laboratory
ATTN: Becky Wilson 
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236
Fax: (941) 388-4381
bwilson@mote.org

If you have already registered for summer camp, please click here to pay your balance. You will need your email address and the password you used to set up your account when you first registered. If you don't remember your password, click here first.

Waiting List

If your preferred week of camp is full and you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email educate@mote.org. Include: your name, phone number and the dates you'd prefer. Should other campers cancel, we will contact those on the waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis.

Camp Scholarships

2014 scholarships are not available. Please continue to visit this page, as scholarships may be offered at a later date.

Questions? Call 941.388.4441, ext. 348, or email educate@mote.org.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds for any Mote education programs unless we must cancel the program. If you must cancel your participation or change the number of students participating and you do so more than five days in advance, we will hold your credit for payment on a future program. No-shows, changes or cancellations within five days of the program will be charged in full.