Summer 2018

Registration is now open.

We are back and ready for another great summer! During Mote Camp: Summer 2018, kids can get involved in something fishy: ocean-themed summer camps from Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. We offer a wide variety of camp themes both onsite and offsite for campers entering 1st grade - 12th grade. We also offer something for the little ones; 2-5 year olds with their favorite adult can join in on the ocean fun with our Mommy & Me Camps. Use the registration button to sign up for a spectacular summer here in Florida.

Note: Please note that no onsite camps will be running the week of July 2nd. Register before April 1st to receive the early bird pricing (excludes Mommy & Me and offsite Keys Camps). Early bird prices are not applicable to any adjustments, transfers, or additional registrations of camps after March 31st.

REGISTRATION:

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
camps@mote.org

WAIT LIST:

If your preferred week of camp is full and you would like to be added to the waitlist, 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 waitlist on a first-come, first-served basis.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS:

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

 

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Morning Camps

Mommy & Me: Go Blue!

Age 2-5 years old with an adult
Times: Tuesday - Thursday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dates: June 5-7, June 12-14, June 19-21, June 26-28

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 learn how ocean animals survive in the sea and how we can help. Camp activities include visits to the Aquarium, our Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Center, and hands-on sampling in Sarasota Bay.

Price: $145 non-members / $135 members
Additional Child (ages 2-5) Price: $40 non-members / $35 members

Mommy & Me: Ocean Motion

Age 2-5 years old with an adult
Times: Tuesday - Thursday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dates: July 10-12, July 17-19, July 24-26, July 31- Aug 2

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 learn about the biology, migrations, and adaptations for movement underwater. Camp activities include visits to the Aquarium, our Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Center, and hands-on sampling in Sarasota Bay.

Price: $145 non-members / $135 members
Additional Child (ages 2-5) Price: $40 non-members / $35 members

Tidal Tykes: Senses of the Sea

Campers entering grades 1st-2nd
Times: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dates: June 4-8, June 18-22, July 9-13, July 23-27, Aug 6-10

How do fish smell? Or touch? Come spend the week at Mote and explore the senses of the sea. Campers will use their own senses to discover how different ocean animals uses senses to hunt, find a mate, and survive! While visiting Mote Aquarium and participating in age appropriate, hands-on activities, campers will become fully immersed in this week’s theme. It only makes ‘sense’ this week is going to be a blast!

Price: $269.00 non-members / $239.00 members
SWIMMING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED.

Tidal Tykes: Diets Down Below

Campers entering grades 1st-2nd
Times: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dates: June 11-15, June 25-29, July 16-20, July 30- Aug 3

Munch, Chomp, and Slurp! This week, campers will learn all about animal diets. Through exploration of Mote Aquarium and a variety of activities, campers will learn how and what animals in the ocean eat and where each one falls in our ocean food web. This week’s theme is something you can sink your teeth into!

Price: $269.00 non-members / $239.00 members
SWIMMING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED.

Aqua Kids: Home, Home on the Reef

Campers entering grades 3rd-5th
Times: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dates: June 4-8, June 18-22, July 9-13, July 23-27, Aug 6-10

Are you from Florida? Some of our wildlife isn’t from Florida either! This week’s theme will introduce campers to the idea of native versus invasive species. Campers will explore Mote Aquarium and Sarasota Bay to discover which animals call this place home. Hands-on activities also allow campers to differentiate between the native and invasive species we will be learning about, and the impacts these species have on their homes.

Regular Price: $269.00 non-members / $239.00 members
SWIMMING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED.

Aqua Kids: Amazing Adaptations & Mysterious Mutations

Campers entering grades 3rd-5th
Times: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dates: June 11-15, June 25-29, July 16-20, July 30- Aug 3

Crazy camouflage, funny faces, bizarre behaviors and much more! This week’s theme will examine the amazing and mysterious world beneath the sea. Exploration of Mote Aquarium and Sarasota Bay will allow campers to discover adaptations and mutations of ocean animals. Through hands-on activities campers will learn how these animals use their adaptations to survive and thrive in the ocean. Warning: some things may be more mysterious than others!

Price: $269.00 non-members / $239.00 members
SWIMMING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED.

Sea Sleuths: Oh, The Things You’ll ‘Sea’

Campers entering grades 6th-8th
Times: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dates: June 4-8, June 18-22, July 9-13, July 23-27, Aug 6-10

Calling all young scientists! During this week’s theme, campers will become scientists for the week to discover the biodiversity of Sarasota Bay. They will learn what animals call it home, how they survive living together and how human impacts affect the biodiversity. Through water excursions, exploration and activities, campers will be comparing the biodiversity of different parts of the ocean. What do you think you will ‘sea’ this week?

Price: $269.00 non-members / $239.00 members
SWIMMING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED.

Sea Sleuths: Life Cycles of the Fish & Finless

Campers entering grades 6th-8th
Times: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dates: June 11-15, June 25-29, July 16-20, July 30- Aug 3

From larvae to adults, animal life cycles are elaborate and fascinating. Campers will become sleuths this week to discover the complex stages of different ocean animals’ lives. During hands-on activities and water excursions, campers will discover the importance of each phase of the cycle and how animals have adapted to survive. Life cycles of the fish and finless aren’t always a happy tune!

Price: $269.00 non-members / $239.00 members
SWIMMING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED.

Afternoon Camps

Aqua Tech

Campers entering grades 3rd-5th
Times: Monday - Friday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dates: June 4-8, June 18-22, July 9-13, July 23-27, Aug 6-10

A valuable research robot was lost at sea! Can you help us find it? During this classroom based camp, campers will simulate a mapping and recovery mission to track down our missing technology. We will be combing multimedia technology, mapping, and engineering skills to collect enough clues to unlock the mysteries of the abyss. Using teamwork and digital detective skills, campers will explore Mote’s groundbreaking research in hopes that it will lead us to our missing technology! Come “dive” into a week of technology, research and exploration!

Price: $269.00 non-members / $239.00 members

Ocean Investigators

Campers entering grades 3rd-5th
Times: Monday - Friday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dates: June 11-15, June 25-29, July 16-20, July 30- Aug 3

What is marine science? Our ocean investigators will be examining the wide world of marine science. We will be looking at the different branches of marine science and what they entail. In this classroom-based camp, campers will be immersed in hands on activities, experiments and research each day to gain a better understanding of what that specific division specializes in. Our divisions will range from marine chemistry to animal husbandry to marine biology. Come join fellow science loving cohorts for this week of oceanography!

Price: $269.00 non-members / $239.00 members

Exploring Marine Careers

Campers entering grades 6th-8th
Times: Monday - Friday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dates: June 4-8, June 18-22, July 9-13, July 23-27, Aug 6-10

So, you want to be a marine biologist?! Come join us in this classroom-based camp, 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.

Price: $269.00 non-members / $239.00 members

Sea Tech

Campers entering grades 6th-8th
Times: Monday - Friday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dates: June 11-15, June 25-29, July 16-20, July 30- Aug 3

A valuable research robot was lost at sea! Can you help us find it? During this classroom based camp, campers will simulate a mapping and recovery mission to track down our missing technology. We will be combing multimedia technology, mapping, and engineering skills to collect enough clues to unlock the mysteries of the abyss. Using teamwork and digital detective skills, campers will explore Mote’s groundbreaking research in hopes that it will lead us to our missing technology! Come “dive” into a week of technology, research and exploration!

Price: $269.00 non-members / $239.00 members

Florida Keys Camps

Discovering the Florida Keys

Campers entering grades 6th-8th
Times: Monday morning - Friday evening (11:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday prior Meet & Greet at Mote Aquarium in Sarasota)
Dates: June 11-15, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 23-27, Aug 6-10

Travel to the Florida Keys with Mote Marine Laboratory for an incredible week of marine exploration. Campers will stay at Mote’s newest state of the art lab and get hands-on experience with real science as well as explore Florida Keys. Snorkel at Looe Key Reef and Horseshoe Lagoon, explore tide pools, and enjoy kayak excursions. 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. Come discover the wonders of the Florida Keys!This is a snorkeling camp only; no SCUBA is available.

Price: $1250.00 non-members / $1150.00 members
SWIMMING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED.

Ecology of the Florida Keys

Campers entering grades 9th-12th
Times: Monday morning - Friday evening (11:00 am - 12:00 pm  Sunday prior Meet & Greet at Mote Aquarium in Sarasota)
Dates: June 18-22, July 2-6, July 16-20, July 30 - Aug 3

Explore the marine life in the Florida Keys! Join Mote Marine Laboratory for a week long expedition in the Keys. Campers will stay at Mote’s new state of the art lab and get hands-on experience with real science as well as explore the wonders of the Keys. This program will include snorkel and dive excursions at Looe Key, tide pool walks, a fishing trip, and a kayak excursion. The highlight of the week is our coral outplanting excursion with Coral Restoration Foundation. Mote provides round trip ground transportation from Sarasota, field trip transportation in the Keys, lodging, food, and safety gear. Come spend the week and help make the ocean a better place! SCUBA optional for certified divers. Campers must have dive cards during week of camp.  

Price: $1250.00 non-members / $1150.00 members (+$100 SCUBA registration fee)
SWIMMING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED.

Note: Multiple day camp discount to stay all day or sign up for several weeks: 10% off 3 or more day camp registrations; 15% off 4 or more registrations. Multiple camp discounts do not apply to Early Bird Pricing and go into effect April 1st, 2018. (DOES NOT APPLY TO DISCOVERING THE FLORIDA KEYS OR ECOLOGY OF THE FLORIDA KEYS CAMPS)

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 required to run, you will be notified the week before. You will have the option of a refund or to transfer to another Mote camp.

Weather & Other Environmental Factors: 

Mote Camp staff continuously monitor weather and other water-related conditions that may impact the well-being of our participants, staff and volunteers. Families will be notified via email if camps are cancelled due to inclement weather (i.e. a hurricane). Refunds are only given if Mote cancels a camp and will be prorated if the camp is not cancelled for the entire week. In the event of other environmental factors (such as red tide), camps will not be cancelled but activities may be altered. Mote Camp reserves the right to change camp activities for the health and safety of participants. This does not constitute grounds for a refund.

About Florida red tide: This type of harmful algal bloom is caused by the naturally occurring, microscopic, plant-like organism Karenia brevis. Florida red tides produce toxins that can irritate the skin, eyes and throat of people on shore and in the water. The toxins can also affect the breathing of some people. People with severe asthma or chronic lung conditions should avoid areas with active red tides. Red tide-focused health information and resources are here.

BEHAVIOR POLICY:

Mote camps are designed to be fun, hands-on, educational camps. Campers will be grouped by age and are expected to behave in accordance with our behavior policies. All camps will review camper expectations on the first day of camp each week. Here at Mote Camp we are a violent-free camp; any disrespectful, bullying or abusive behaviors (verbal or physical) will not be tolerated. Our camp staff will implement a “3 Strike” policy should any behaviors come into question.

First Strike - Campers will be requested to stop the behavior immediately and a parent/guardian will be notified at the end of the day. If the incident involves more than one camper, campers may be asked to speak together with staff present or be separated from each other for the remainder of camp. 

Second Strike - Camper will have a sit down discussion with the Camp Principal and review options on how to better the behavior. Parents/guardians will be notified at that time and made aware of the situation. Camper may be asked to sit with the camp principal until the end of camp or until the parent/guardian can come pick up the camper. 

Third Strike - Camper will be removed from camp and from the remainder of the week and parents/guardians must come pick them up immediately. This does not warrant a refund. Should the camper be registered for future camps, parents/guardians have the option to withdraw their camper for a full refund less 10% processing fee. 
Keys Camp Programs follow this policy along with additional policies and agreement behaviors discussed during the Meet & Greet.

Questions? Call 941.388.4441 dial "2" then ext. 348 or email camps@mote.org