Ocean Mind, Research Time

Registration Now Open - Use the registration button below to sign up for our Spring Break Camps.

Come spend your spring break with us here at Mote Camp! Through exploration and age-appropriate activities, campers will discover what scientists are studying here ate Mote and how we are helping save the ocean.

Join us for all 5 days or pick your favorite one. Camps are open for all campers currently enrolled in 1st - 5th grade and will run from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. Camps are $60 for non-members and $51 for members; sign up for 3 or more days and receive a 10% discount. This registration fee includes all materials, visits to the aquarium and mammal center and snack. Campers must be registered by Tuesday, March 20th; due to extensive preparation we are not able to accept onsite registrants. Use the registration button to sign up for a spectacular spring break here in Florida. 

There will be shirts available for purchase for $10 (exact cash or check only) each morning at check-in; sizes are limited and not guaranteed. 

Please note: camps will not run if minimum number is not met. A notice will go out the week prior to camp should this happen. 



Campers must be pre-registered by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to their selected camp week. Due to the extensive preparation we undergo to be ready for each camper, we are unable to accept on-site registration. All required camp paperwork and confirmation materials will be included in the Confirmation Email once registered. 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). One form per camper per camp program. This form may be faxed, mailed or emailed to:

Mote Marine Laboratory
ATTN: Camp Programs
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236
Fax: (941) 388-4381

Waiting List:

If your preferred week of camp is full and you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email camps@mote.org. Include: your name, your camper’s name, phone number, name of the camp program 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:

2018 scholarships are not available. Please continue to visit this page, as scholarships may be offered at a later date.  

Cancellation Policy:

There are no refunds for Mote Education camp programs unless Mote cancels the program. If you provide notice of cancellation via email more than two weeks before the program begins, we will refund 50% of your registration fee. If you cancel within two weeks of the program or fail to show up without giving notice, you will be charged in full for the program. Mote reserves the right to cancel or modify any program or schedule. Modification of a program schedule by Mote does not constitute grounds for a refund. If camp registrations do not reach the minimum number, you will be notified the week before.



Please note: For all of our Spring Break Camps, we will be in the water for part of our morning, weather-permitting. 

Monday, March 26th, 2018: Caring for Corals

Is it an animal or a plant? Today, campers will discover the amazing world of coral reefs. We will learn about their life cycles, importance in our oceans and some of the greatest threats they face. Campers will venture through the aquarium in search of different species of corals and what Mote is doing to protect these incredible habitats! They might be small, but they are mighty!

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018: Tips & Tricks of Training

Can you train a manatee? What about a shark? You sure can! Here at Mote, we train our animals just like we train our dogs and cats at home. Today campers will explore the ups and downs of target training with animals who live in the water. Campers will explore Mote Aquarium and learn what our Aquarium Biologists and Animals Trainers have to do to make sure these animals are getting the best care possible.

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018: Manatees, Dolphins and Rays, Oh My!

Manatees, Dolphins and Rays, oh my! Campers will discover how our scientists research animals in the wild. How does learning about dolphin behavior or eagle ray migration help scientists? Campers will get hands-on with research techniques and tools that our own Mote scientists use to study these animals. Exploration through the aquarium and engaging activities will allow campers to see how we use this research throughout Mote and to help protect these wild animals.

Thursday, March 29th, 2018: Rescue, Rehab & Release

Ever wonder what happens to animals that are sick? Today, campers will learn all about the amazing people that help rescue and rehabilitate these animals. Campers will participate in mock rescues, visit our animal hospital and learn about how Mote’s veterinarians and rehab specialists are the doctors of the animal world!

Friday, March 30th, 2018: Immune Systems of the Sea

Today, campers will explore animals’ immune systems and why our scientists are studying animals like horseshoe crabs, sharks and skates. Campers will participate in hands-on, age appropriate activities to become scientists for the day to discover what is so special about these animals. While exploring Mote, campers will learn about the amazing research happening and what we are learning from our ocean friends.