Field Trips

Our professional educators offer several ways for your students to learn about marine environment, science and the scientific method. We proudly participate in EdExploreSRQ, a Sarasota County School District website that connects classrooms to community arts, science and cultural organizations.

Pre-School

Length: 30 minutes.
Group Size: 15–30 students/class (if group is larger, you will be split into multiple class sessions).
Chaperones Required: For preschool groups, one chaperone for every 5 students required and admitted free. Teachers are considered chaperones and are counted in the total chaperone count on field trip day. Additional chaperones are $17 each, and must be included on invoice.
Fee: $15 per student (Please note: Mote Memberships are not valid for school visits including field trips and self-guided tours.)
Register: Request your field trip here

  • Pre-School: Turtle Tots Learn about the adventurous life of sea turtle hatchlings through songs, stories and role-playing.
  • Pre-School: Snazzy Shark Teeth Look into a shark's mouth and learn about their teeth and feeding habits through games, stories and a hunt for shark's teeth.
  • Pre-School: Exploring the Bay Come see beneath the waters of Sarasota Bay. During this program we will use dip nets to find local critters. Find out what to bring and what to wear here.

K-12 Program

Length: 60 minutes.
Group Size: 15–30 students/class (if group is larger, you will be split into multiple class sessions)
Chaperones Required: For grades K-12, one chaperone for every 10 students required and admitted free. Teachers are considered chaperones and are counted in the total chaperone count on field trip day. Additional chaperones are $17 each, and must be included on invoice.
Fee: $16 per student (Please note: Mote Memberships are not valid for school visits including field trips and self-guided tours.)
Register: Request your field trip here

Grades K–2

  • Our Dolphin Neighbors Students will be learning how scientists think, set up, and conduct experiments. Scientists have been studying the resident bottlenose dolphin population for more than 40 years. Through hands-on activities, students will discover what scientists are learning about the communication, feeding behavior, and human interactions with our dolphin neighbors.
  • Become a Scientist Students will investigate what it is truly like to be a scientist. We will transform your students into little marine scientists to discover a mystery animal. During this time, students will learn about the different tools and methods used by scientists.
  • Exploring the Bay Come see beneath the waters of Sarasota Bay. During this program we will use dip nets to find local critters. Find out what to bring and what to wear here.

Grades 3–5

  • Angelfish to Zebra Sharks:  All About Fish During this interactive clue based program, students will explore what makes a fish a fish...and what makes some fish unique. Students will use the scientific process to learn more about adaptations. They can use their new found skills while exploring the aquarium.
  • Mighty Manatees Students will explore how manatees use their senses to live in local waters. This program will focus on Mote’s manatee research program.
  • Dolphin Discovery Students will get hands-on experience in classifying and articulating dolphin bones as they work together in small groups. Students will see what life is really like for a Sarasota Bay dolphin.
  • Making Sense of Sharks Students will learn how a shark’s adaptations make it a top predator, and why its role as a predator is important for maintaining a healthy balance in our ecosystem.
  • Planet H20 Discover the world of water through hands-on explorations of this unique substance.  Students will travel through various stations to hypothesize and investigate the water cycle. Come ready to have fun and get a little wet!
  • Field Sampling Techniques Students will be learning the importance of estuaries while collecting organisms that live in Sarasota Bay.During this experience based learning program students will learn techniques on how to collect data that later can be analyzed. Call a Mote educator today to learn all the cool ways this program can be incorporated into other disciplines/subjects back at school. Find out what to bring and what to wear here.

Grades 6–8

  • Shark Secrets Through the scientific process students will lose their fear of sharks and begin to care for them. Students will become aware of how human activities threaten the shark population and be inspired to share their knowledge with others. 
  • Manatees Make Sense Students will use hands-on activities to learn about Mote’s manatee research to better understand manatee adaptations.
  • Rescue, Rehab and Release! Students will be intrigued by true stories from Mote's very own Dolphin, Whale and Sea Turtle Rehabilitation hospital.  Through role-playing, students will simulate a dolphin, whale or sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation. Students will visit Mote’s Sea Turtle and Whale Hospital.
  • Spineless Sea Students will explore marine taxonomy and various characteristics of invertebrates to learn what it takes to survive in the sea without a backbone. To apply their newfound knowledge, students will learn proper dissection techniques investigating squid in small groups.
  • True Life Dolphin Mysteries Students will get hands-on experience in classifying and articulating dolphin bones as they work together in small groups. Students will see what life is really like for a Sarasota Bay dolphin.
  • Field Sampling Techniques Students will be learning the importance of estuaries while collecting organisms that live in Sarasota Bay.During this experience based learning program students will learn techniques on how to collect data that later can be analyzed. Call a Mote educator today to learn all the cool ways this program can be incorporated into other disciplines/subjects back at school. Find out what to bring and what to wear here.

Grades 9-12

  • Technology in Shark Research Become acquainted with the technological tools necessary to conduct oceanic research in this interactive class.  Discover what skills are required to develop these tools and the technology that has been created uniquely at Mote!
  • Turtle Technology Learn how Mote's Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program uses the newest technologies to track sea turtles in the wild and what that teaches us about their private lives. Students will make observations and inferences.
  • Marine Biology CSI Students will work together in small groups with a mystery skeleton to use their observation and experimentation skills to determine the identity of an animal — discovering animal adaptations, biology and osteology along the way.
  • Field Sampling Techniques Students will be learning the importance of estuaries while collecting organisms that live in Sarasota Bay.During this experience based learning program students will learn techniques on how to collect data that later can be analyzed. Call a Mote educator today to learn all the cool ways this program can be incorporated into other disciplines/subjects back at school. Find out what to bring and what to wear here.

Customized

Mote educators will work with you to create customized educational programs to fit lessons and student’s needs. We can deliver programs on a variety of topics. Contact Brad Tanner at 941-388-4441 x351 for information on these special programs. Learn more about our Outreach Programs and Classroom Kits.

Self-Guided Aquarium Tours

Schools, camps, and other education groups are invited to take advantage of a special group rate. This is for admission to the Aquarium for a self-guided tour. Advanced registration of at least two weeks is required. You will receive a confirmation email with your invoice once we have scheduled your group. You must use the registration form below to schedule your visit.

Group Size: 10 or more.
Chaperones Required: One chaperone for every 10 students, required and admitted free. Teachers are considered chaperones and are counted in the total chaperone count on field trip day. Additional chaperones are $17 each, and must be included on invoice.
Cost: $14 for students (Please note: Mote Memberships are not valid for school or camp visits including field trips and self-guided tours.)
Register: Click here to register.

Cancellation Policy

Mote will respond to your request within 7 business days.  Please do not consider your field trip booked until you receive written confirmation from Mote via e-mail. Your confimration email contains important informatin regarding deposits, payment, and more. Please read in full, even if you've attended Mote field trips before, as some policies have been updated.

There are no refunds for Mote Education programs unless Mote cancels the program. If you provide notice of cancellation via email to educate@mote.org more than 24 hours before the program begins, we will credit your payment to a future program. If you cancel within 24 hours of the program or fail to show up without giving notice, you will be charged in full for the program.

Field trips and self-guided tours run rain or shine. Please read your confirmation email, agenda, and invoice in full for important details regarding your visit.