Get set for an O-FISH-ALLY awesome summer! Join Miss Dana, creator of Mote’s popular homeschool programs, each week this summer to learn about ocean animals as we explore field techniques, look for and catch critters in beautiful Sarasota Bay and get empowered to protect the ocean. Find out what to bring and wear here. Pre-registration is required.

Every Monday, we will dive into a new theme, so join us all summer for fun in the sun learning about dolphins, manatees, mangroves, and so much more! We hope to SEA you there!

REGISTER FOR Seas the Summer

Details & Dates

Who: Ages 6-14 with one free adult chaperone
Fee: $25 per child and required parent/guardian chaperone ($22.50 members)
When: Mondays, June 10 – July 29, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

  • June 10 Fintastic Fish
  • June 17 Sensational Seagrasses
  • June 24 Crazy Camouflage
  • July 1 Dolphin Dynamics
  • July 8 Incredible Invertebrates
  • July 15 Marvelous Mangroves
  • July 22 Mighty Manatees
  • July 29 Pocket Predators

All programs will consist of wading into the water (ankle to waist deep, depending on your height and the tide) to catch small animals but the focus of the class will depend on the theme. Please come prepared to get wet and be in the sun. Closed toe shoes are required for all Mote water programs. Your confirmation email will include additional information on what to bring and wear.

Please note that Mote Aquarium admission is NOT included. Please visit for information and to reserve tickets.

REGISTER FOR Seas the Summer

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For these field explorations, we will be outside for the entirety of the program. The program will still run should inclement weather or other conditions warrant the need to be inside. We will have alternate lab and classroom based STEM activities for that week’s themes so you never miss out on the fun, no matter what the weather is up to! Meeting time and location remains the same, whether class is held outside or not.

Mote reserves the right to update or modify any program elements as necessary. Modification of a program element by Mote does not constitute grounds for a refund.

Prohibited Items/Activities

The following items are not permitted on Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium grounds for the safety of our animals and guests: weapons or firearms per Florida Statutes Section 790.06(12) {firearms are not allowed at events with alcohol provisions}, or any hazardous items or materials, balloons, plastic straws, food and beverages not provided by approved vendors (water and baby food/formula is allowed), or any other items deemed to be a safety hazard or that may be used to engage in prohibited activities.  Smoking and vaping is also prohibited.