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.

Camps are offered June through August for students entering grades 1st through 8th. Camps run Monday through Friday and we offer two sessions; morning sessions are 8:30 am - 12:30 pm and afternoon sessions are 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. We also offer week long excursions to the Florida Keys for students entering grades 7th through 12th. Camp Offerings Below.

Need something for younger campers? Make sure to check out our Mommy & Me camps. This is for campers ages 2-5 and their favorite adult to come to Mote’s summer camp for age appropriate ocean fun!

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 once registered. 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: Summer Camp 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy Sarasota, FL 34236 Fax: (941) 388-4381 educate@mote.org

REGISTRATION: Registration is now open. If you have any questions about registration please contact educate@mote.org or 941-388-4441x348.

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: 2016 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 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.

**New this year! Mulitple 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)

Mommy and Me: Hide and SEAk

Age 2-5 years old with an adult

Young campers and their favorite adult will learn about colors and camouflage in the sea through stories, games, role plays, science tools, and crafts. Our three-day camp will include visits and special interactions at Mote Aquarium, Marine Mammal & Sea Turtle Center, and hands-on exploration of Sarasota Bay.

Dates: Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. – Noon, June 13-17, June 20-24, June 27-July 1, July 5-8th

**One-day registration option available.

$145 non members/ $135 members

Mommy and Me: The Coast Counts

Age 2-5 years old with an adult

Young campers and their favorite adult will learn about how we count on our coasts through stories, games, role plays, science tools, and crafts. Our three-day camp will include visits and special interactions at Mote Aquarium, Marine Mammal & Sea Turtle Center, and hands-on exploration of Sarasota Bay.

Dates: Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. – Noon, July 11-15, July 18-22, July 25-29, August 1-5

**One-day registration option available.

$145 non members/ $135 members

Aqua Kids: Muncher, Crunchers, Slurpers & Chirpers

Students entering grades 1-4

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream..? Let’s discover the tangled food web of the ocean.  Students will understand the many ways different animals eat from toothy sharks to the straw-like sucking power of sea horses.  Through exploration and observations we will learn what animals like to eat, who likes to eat them and who we eat from the marine food web. Students will appreciate the importance of all creatures and how they can help keep the ecosystem balanced. SWIMMING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED.

Dates: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., June 6-10, June 20-24, July 5-8**, July 18-22, August 1-5

** No camp on Monday July 4th

$259 non-members/ $239 members

Aqua Kids: Ocean Odysseys

Students entering grades 1-4

When you think of the ocean do you think of a big blue mystery? Come explore the ocean with us from the deepest depths to the shallowest reefs.  These ecosystems below the water differ in more ways than one.  Through exploration and observations campers will explore everything from the coral reef ‘cities’ to the estuary nurseries to the deepest depths of our oceans. SWIMMING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED.

Dates: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., June 13-17, June 27- July 1, July 11-15, July 25-29, August 8-12

$259 non-members/ $239 members

Sea Sleuths: Generation H2O

Students entering grades 5-8

Let’s travel back in time to learn about the oceans before today.  Who explored our oceans and what did they think lived below the surface? Back to present day and we will compare what past explorers thought to what we know today. Campers are our future scientists and will learn how they can help to keep the ocean safe through snorkeling, experiments and kayak and boat excursions. SWIMMING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED.

Dates: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., June 6-10, June 20-24, July 5-8**, July 18-22, August 1-5

** No camp on Monday July 4th

$259 non-members/ $239 members

Sea Sleuths: Marine MVPs

Students entering grades 5-8

Are all animals in the ocean important? Join us as we discover the ocean’s most valuable players.  We will explore the roles marine animals play in the different ecosystems below our waters. Through snorkeling, science experiments, and kayak and boat excursions campers will discover what animals are keystones and indicator species and what this means for our environment. SWIMMING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED.

Dates: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., June 13-17, June 27- July 1, July 11-15, July 25-29, August 8-12

$259 non-members/ $239 members

PM Camp: Art-‘SEA’

Students entering grades 3-5

What do science and art have in common? Everything! During the week here at Mote, campers will channel their inner artist while learning about the magnificent life under the sea. Campers will create different marine masterpieces using a variety of mediums. No previous art experience is necessary; this is a time to let your creativity to shine!          

Dates: Monday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., June 27- July 1, July 5-8**, July 25-29, August 1-5

**No camp on Monday July 4th

$259 non-members/ $239 members

PM Camp: AquaTech

Students entering grades 3-5

Dive into a week of exploration. Campers will use STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills to discover how Mote’s scientists study the ocean realm. Using multimedia technology, mapping, storytelling and engineering skills, campers will discover Mote’s ground-breaking research. Activities include simulated shark tagging and tracking, GPS digital mapping, stop motion animation, constructing ocean robots and much more.

Dates: Monday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., June 13-17, June 20-24, July 11-15, July 18-22, August 8-12

$259 non-members/ $239 members

PM Camp: SeaTech

Students entering grades 6-8

Dive into a week of exploration. Campers will use STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills to discover how Mote’s scientists study the ocean realm. Campers will use multimedia technology, mapping, storytelling and engineering skills as the dive into the world of Mote’s ground-breaking research. Activities include simulated shark tagging and tracking, GPS digital mapping, stop motion animation, constructing ocean robots and much more.

Dates: Monday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., June 27- July 1, July 5-8**, July 25-29, August 1-5

$259 non-members/ $239 members

PM Camp: Exploring Marine Science Careers

Students entering grades 6-8

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.

Dates: Monday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., June 13-17, June 20-24, July 11-15, July 18-22, August 8-12

$259 non-members/ $239 members

Discovering the Florida Keys

Students entering grades 7 - 8

Travel to the Florida Keys with Mote Marine Laboratory for an incredible week of marine exploration. Snorkel at Looe Key Reef, explore tide pools at Bahia Honda State Park, enjoy kayak excursions, 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.

Monday morning - Friday evening (Sunday afternoon Meet & Greet at Mote Marine Laboratory), June 20-24, July 4-8, July 18-22, August 1-5

$1155 non members/ $1105 members 

Ecology of the Florida Keys

Students entering grades 9 - 12

Explore the marine life in the Florida Keys! Join Mote Marine Laboratory for a week long expedition in the Florida Keys. This program will include 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. SWIMMING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED.

Monday morning - Friday evening (Sunday afternoon Meet & Greet at Mote Marine Laboratory), June 13-17, June 27 - July 1, July 11-15, July 25-29

$1155 non members/ $1105 members 
**Note: For SCUBA certified campers there is an additional charge of $100 to cover equipment