New this year! Multiple day camp discount to stay all day or sign up for several weeks! 10% off 2 or more day camp registrations; 15% 4 or more registrations!  (DOES NOT APPLY TO DISCOVERING THE FLORIDA KEYS OR ECOLOGY OF THE FLORIDA KEYS CAMPS)

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. 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. 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.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

CAMPS

Mommy & Me

Camp name: Mommy and Me: Aquatic Appetites 

Age: 2-5 with adult. 
Dates and times: Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. – Noon 
July 13-17; July 20-24; July 27-31; August 3-7
Details: Families will enjoy hands-on marine science activities including stories, songs, role plays, games, science tools, and special visits to Mote exhibits. Young children (ages 2-5) and their favorite adults will understand that ocean animals have different diets and useful ways of catching food! 
Fee: Mote Members $135; non-members: $145.

Camp name: Underwater Tool Time

Age: 2-5 with adult.
Dates and times: Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. – Noon
June 15-19; June 22-26; June 29-July 3; July 6-10
Details: Families will enjoy hands-on marine science activities including stories, songs, role plays, games, science tools, and special visits to Mote exhibits. Young children (ages 2-5) and their favorite adult will understand how ocean animals use different underwater objects for survival in the sea! 
Fee: Mote Members $135; non-members: $145.

Aquakids

Camp name: “Hatchlings, Pups & Fry, Oh My!” 

Age: Students entering grades 1 – 4.
Dates and times: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
June 15-19; June 29-July 3; July 13-17; July 27-August 31; August 10-14.
Details: Learn all about undersea families and the many aquatic babies found in our oceans.  From seahorse daddies to sea turtle moms, come explore the amazing world of underwater nurseries through hands-on activities, experiments, games and crafts.  This adventure also includes snorkeling and dip netting in the bay, a boat trip and visits to the aquarium to see your favorite animals. SWIMMING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED.
Fee: Mote members $239; non-members $259. 

Camp name: Senses of the Sea

Age: Students entering grades 1-4.
Dates and times: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
June 8-12; June 22-26; July 6-10; July 20-24; August 3-7.
Details: Come explore how ocean animals see, hear, taste, smell and feel to survive in our oceans. Discover how these magical creatures use different senses through hands-on activities, experiments, games and crafts.  This adventure also includes snorkeling and dip netting in the bay, a boat trip and visits to the aquarium to see your favorite animals. SWIMMING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED.
Fee: Mote Members $239; non-members: $259.

Sea Sleuths

Camp name: Ocean Encounters

Age: Students entering grades 5 – 8.
Dates and times: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
June 15-19; June 29 - July 3; July 13-17; July 27-31; August 10-14
Details: Is your summer camper looking for a closer encounter of the 3rd kind? The ocean is our most unexplored environment yet campers will become immersed in the world of marine biology and Mote research. This hands-on camp will no doubt make new discoveries through kayaking, snorkeling, and collecting, and much more! SWIMMING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED.
Fee: Mote members $239; non-members $259.

Camp name: “Mini Me of the Sea”

Age: Students entering grades 5 – 8.
Dates and times: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
June 8-12; June 22-26; July 6-10; July 20-24; August 3-7.
Details: Eggs, larvae, polyps and pups, this week is all about ocean babies! Come explore the wonderful world of underwater playgrounds where daddies give birth, and mamas eat their own eggs! Sea Sleuth campers will explore Mote’s Aquarium, snorkel in sea grass beds and take a boat trip through Sarasota Bay. SWIMMING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED.
Fee: Mote members $239; non-members $259.

PM Camps*

Camp name: Creativity with a Sea

Age: Students entering grades 3 – 5.
Dates and times: Monday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
June 15-19; June 22-26; July 13-17; July 20-24; August 10-14.
Details: What do science and art have in common? Everything! From sketching and painting to sculpting and constructing with recycled and natural material, campers will explore the ocean by channeling their inner artists in this week long camp that uses different artistic mediums every day!  No previous art experience is necessary, this is a time for your creativity to shine! 
Fee: Mote members $239; non-members $259.

Camp name: Aquabots

Ages: Students entering grades 3 – 5.
Dates and times: Monday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
June 29-July 3; July 6-10; July 27-31; August 3-7
Details: Using multimedia technology, campers will dive into underwater exploration, learning how to design and build their own aquatic robots. During the week, campers use mapping, storytelling and engineering skills to explore the ocean realm. 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 researchers. 
Fee: Mote members $239; non-members $259.

Camp name: Exploring Marine Science Careers

Age: Students entering grades 6 – 8.
Dates and times: Monday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
June 29-July 3; July 6-10; July 27-31; August 3-7.
Details: So, you want to be a marine biologist! Join us as we explore some exciting careers in marine science at an internationally known research lab, Mote Marine Laboratory. Meet Mote scientists, aquarium biologists and animal trainers, do hands-on field research in Sarasota Bay, meet and greet resident animals and participate in training sessions, as we step into the shoes of the marine biologist. 
Fee: Mote members $239; non-members $259.

Camp name: Aquatic Robotics

Age: Students entering grades 6 – 8.
Dates and times: Monday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
June 15-19; June 22-26; July 13-17; July 20-24; August 10-14.
Details: Using multimedia technology, campers will dive into underwater exploration, learning how to design and build their own aquatic robots. During the week, campers use mapping, storytelling and engineering skills to explore the ocean realm. 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 researchers. 
Fee: Mote members $239; non-members $259.


* For students enrolled in both 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.

 

Overnight Camps in the Florida Keys

Camp name: Discovering the Florida Keys

Age: Students entering grades 7 – 8.
Dates and times: Monday morning - Friday evening
June 22-26; July 6-10; July 27-31
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 safety gear. This is a snorkeling camp only, no SCUBA is available. SWIMMING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED.
Fee: Mote Members $995; Non-Members $1045

Camp name: Ecology of the Florida Keys

Age: Students entering grades 9 –12.
Dates and times: Monday morning - Friday evening,
June 29-July 3; July 13-17; August 3-7
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 safety gear.
Fee: Mote Members $995; Non-Members $1045

Registration Information

REGISTER HERE

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

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 registration.  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 Becky Wilson (bwilson@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

2015 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 Becky Wilson (bwilson@mote.org).

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds for Mote Education Summer programs unless Mote cancels the program. If you provide notice of cancellation more than two weeks before the program begins, we will credit your payment to a future 2015 summer program. 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.