REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

We are excited to announce that Mote’s summer camp has expanded. Our age groups have changed slightly, so please read carefully for your camper’s appropriate camp.

Registration is open. Participants must be pre-registered by 5 p.m. the Tuesday 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 registrations. 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

Click here to register

REGISTRATION:

The above link will lead you to our registration system. It will ask for the camp(s) you are interested in and then generate a list of available weeks for that camp. Only camps that have not reached capacity will show. Choose your week(s) and continue registration. Should the week or weeks you are interested in not show on the list, please see below regarding our Wait List.

WAIT 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: the guardian’s name, phone number, and email, the camper’s name and age, the name of the camp 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:

2017 scholarships are currently 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 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 2017 Mote Education 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
 
** Note: No onsite camps will be running the week of July 3rd.

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

 


 

Morning Camps

Mommy & Me: Sea Shapes

Age 2-5 years old with an adult
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 connect shapes in the sea with how animals survive using their unique adaptations. Camp activities include time in the Aquarium, our Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Center, and Sarasota Bay.

  • Dates: Tuesday – Thursday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • June 13-15, June 20-22, June27-29, July 11-13. Note: There is a single day registration option for “Exploring the Bay” Thursday, July 6th
  • $145.00 non-members/ $135.00 members
  • All Mommy & Me Summer Camp weeks are now full. Please see note above to be added to our wait list.

Mommy & Me: I Spy

Age 2-5 years old with an adult
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 practice using their observation skills and the process of science to understand our marine ecosystems. Camp activities include time in the Aquarium, our Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Center, and Sarasota Bay.

  • Dates: Tuesday – Thursday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • July 18-20, July 25-27, August 1-3, August 8-10
  • $145.00 non-members/ $135.00 members
  • All Mommy & Me Summer Camp weeks are now full. Please see note above to be added to our wait list.

Tidal Tykes: One Big Home

Campers entering grades 1-2
Who are your neighbors? This week we will be examining all the homes beneath the waves. We will travel from shallow tide pools to coral reefs to the deepest depths of the ocean learning about the animals that use these places as their homes. Campers will participate in age appropriate hands-on and water activities and exploration while learning all about these unique homes. We will uncover where these homes are found throughout the world and what it is like living there. We will discover what animals are neighbors and how they all work together living in one big home.
SWIMMING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED.

  • Dates: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • June 5-9, June 19-23, July 10-14, July 24-28, August 7-11
  • $259.00 non members/ $239.00 members

Tidal Tykes: Diverse Universe

Campers entering grades 1-2
Did you know there are over 30,000 different species of fish?! Just fish!! This doesn’t include mammals, reptiles, or invertebrates. This week we will be exploring just how diverse our waters really are. Campers will be focusing on the diversity of the marine world through age appropriate hands-on and water activities. We will explore everything from dolphins to the barreleye fish to the giant squid. Campers will compare and contrast the marine animals we encounter.
SWIMMING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED.

  • Dates: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • June 12-16, June 26-30, July 17-21, July 31- August 4, August 14-18
  • $259.00 non members/ $239.00 members

Aqua Kids: Duos of the Deep

Campers entering grades 3-5
From friends to foes, our “Duos of the Deep” themed week will focus on animal relationships. Through water and aquarium exploration and observations, campers will examine different types of animal relationships and how they impact each other. We will look at how corals and zooxanthelle have a mutual relationship while groupers encounter a parasitic relationship with fish lice. Campers will engage in hands-on activities to better understand these relationships and how to identify them. We will look at them all; the good, the bad, and the ugly.
SWIMMING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED.

  • Dates: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • June 5-9, June 19-23, July 10-14, July 24-28, August 7-11
  • $259.00 non members/ $239.00 members

Aqua Kids: Sky to Dive

Campers entering grades 3-5
Have you ever seen the sky’s reflection in the water? This week, campers will focus on how the oceans and outer space are connected. Through hands-on activities, water exploration, and observations, we will examine this unique but important relationship. Campers will begin with a basic understanding of each ecosystem before we dive into how they are truly related to each other. We will compare and contrast their similarities and differences while we explore the vast world of both.  Campers will learn how they are truly “tide” together!
SWIMMING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED.

  • Dates: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • June 12-16, June 26-30, July 17-21, July 31- August 4, August 14-18
  • $259.00 non members/ $239.00 members

Sea Sleuths: Marine Mysteries

Campers entering grades 6-8
Sleuth also means detective and that is just what campers will be doing this week. Much of our oceans have not yet been discovered. Campers will get a basic understanding of how scientists explore these mysterious parts and why it is important. We will examine these areas and the animals that inhabit them. Campers will engage in hands-on activities, water excursions and exploration to uncover these marine mysteries. Don’t forget to pack your detective notepad!
SWIMMING SKILLS ARE REQUIREDD.

  • Dates: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • June 5-9, June 19-23, July 10-14, July 24-28, August 7-11
  • $259.00 non members/ $239.00 members

Sea Sleuths: Conservation Camp

Campers entering grades 6-8
You can make a difference! This week we will explore all things conservation. Campers will participate in hands on activities, water excursions and field work to discover how they can help the ocean. We will also examine different sustainability avenues that researchers, scientists, and professionals are taking to help conserve the marine world.   Campers will experience different techniques in which they can conserve natural resources and share that knowledge with others. A little inspiration goes a long way!
SWIMMING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED.

  • Dates: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • June 12-16, June 26-30, July 17-21, July 31- August 4, August 14-18
  • $259.00 non members/ $239.00 members

Afternoon Camps

AquaTech

Campers entering grades 3-5
A valuable research robot was lost at sea! Can you help us find it? 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 exploration! 

  • Dates: Monday – Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • June 12-16, June 26-30, July 17-21, July 31- August 4, August 14-18
  • $259.00 non members/ $239.00 members

Ocean Investigators

Campers entering grades 3-5
What is marine science? Our ocean investigators will be examining the wide world of marine science. If your camper loves all sciences then this is perfect for them. 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.

  • Dates: Monday – Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • June 19-23, July 10-14, July 24-28, August 7-11
  • $259.00 non members/ $239.00 members

Exploring Marine Careers

Campers entering grades 6-8
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.

  • Dates: Monday – Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • June 12-16, June 26-30, July 17-21, July 31- August 4, August 14-18
  • $259.00 non members/ $239.00 members

SeaTech

Campers entering grades 6-8
A valuable research robot was lost at sea! Can you help us find it? 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 ground breaking research in hopes that it will lead us to our missing technology! Come “dive” into a week of exploration! 

  • Dates: Monday – Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • June 19-23, July 10-14, July 24-28, August 7-11
  • $259.00 non members/ $239.00 members

Florida Keys Camps

Discovering the Florida Keys

Campers 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)
  • Dates: June 19-23, July 3-7, July 17-21, July 31- August 4
  • $1,155.00 non-members/ $1,105.00 members

Ecology of the Florida Keys

Campers 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.

  • Dates: Monday morning - Friday evening (Sunday afternoon Meet & Greet at Mote Marine Laboratory)
  • June 12-16, June 26-30, July 10-14, July 24-28, August 7-11
  • $1,155.00 non-members/ $1,105.00 members (NOTE: There is an additional $100.00 for SCUBA divers)

**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)