Hello teachers and youth, community and other group education organizers! We know the past few months have been anything but normal, and as we look ahead to Fall 2020, uncertainty remains. We know some of you are teaching in-person, some online, and some are doing both. We want to help you on this journey! Mote is currently offering both onsite and virtual school program opportunities. Our goal is to make planning a program with Mote as easy as possible.

Planning an onsite or virtual program with Mote starts with filling out our online request form. From there, one of our Mote Education staff members will be in touch to schedule and finalize your program. As always, you can call or email us with any questions. 

Email educate@mote.org or call our School Programs Manager at 941-388-4441 ext. 351 for more information on our guided tours, virtual outreach programs, and more.

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Onsite Field Trips

After extensive preparation to enhance health-safety measures, Mote Aquarium is open to the public and ready to welcome small student/camper groups to visit! Please read the information regarding our new visitation guidelines in response to COVID-19 including the health measures and requirements that are being taken to ensure everyone is safe and comfortable. Registration info is listed below.

New Guidelines for School and Youth Community Group Reservations:

  • We are closely monitoring numbers, time of entry, and moving groups through in a safe manner, so you MUST make a reservation before bringing your group to visit. You will NOT be allowed admission if you show up with a group without making prior reservations. 
  • Reservation times for arrival and departure must be adhered to. Please allow extra time to be sure your group arrives as close to your reservation time as possible. If you arrive more than 30 minutes outside of your reservation window, we may not be able to accommodate your group. Early arrivals will not be admitted before their scheduled arrival time. Please plan your arrival time accordingly when you register.
  • Your reservation is not confirmed until you hear from an education staff member via phone or email.

Safety Requirements for Admission:

  • Masks are required for all visitors over the age 5 and must be worn at all times while inside any of the Mote buildings and while in contact with any Mote staff, volunteers or interns (including outdoor spaces).
  • All visiting groups are required to stay together and maintain a 6-foot distance from other guests. 

Before making a reservation request for an onsite field trip, please read our Health and Safety Policies and share with fellow group leaders and chaperones.

For more information on what we are doing to make your visit as safe as possible, please visit our Covid Updates Page

Field Sampling

Students in grades K-12 can join us for field sampling in Sarasota Bay. 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. All materials used are sanitized between groups. Find out what to bring and what to wear here.

Group Size: 10 students or less and one chaperone per session, with a max of 40 students per school or organization total per visit
Chaperones Required: One chaperone for every 10 students, required and admitted free. Teachers and staff are considered chaperones and are counted in the total chaperone count on field trip day. Additional chaperones are $17 each, however at this time, we cannot permit additional chaperones. Only 1 chaperone per 10 students will be permitted. See request form for more information.
Cost: $16 for students (Mote Memberships are not valid for school or camp visits including field trips and self-guided tours.)
Note: School and community groups are not permitted to participate in either the virtual reality (VR) cinema experience, Fossil Creek activities during their visit. Neither are included in the admission price nor are they equipped to serve groups.

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 guided tour. Advanced registration of at least two weeks is required. Due to limited availability, we recommend placing your request as far in advance as possible. 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 and staff are considered chaperones and are counted in the total chaperone count on field trip day. Additional chaperones are $17 each, however at this time, we cannot permit additional chaperones. See request form for more information.
Cost: $14 for students (Mote Memberships are not valid for school or camp visits including field trips and self-guided tours.)
Note: School and community groups are not permitted to participate in either the virtual reality (VR) cinema experience or Fossil Creek activities during their visit. Neither are included in the admission price nor are they equipped to serve groups.

Virtual Field Trips

Whether you are teaching students in person, remotely, or through a hybrid style, Mote Education can bring its fun and interactive virtual field trips to your class! These virtual programs are aligned to Florida standards and include an activity for you to incorporate into your class. 

We manage connection and moderation for the program, using Mote Education’s private and secure Zoom Webinar (we bring you, the teacher, on as a co-host so you may speak to your students if you like before the program begins, and they will be able to see you; cameras and mics are off for all student participants). During the program, students will have the opportunity to ask questions via the private Q&A (questions are typed so that only Mote Education staff can see them and then answered live by the Educator leading your program). We handle any technical issues you or your students may have. These virtual programs are scheduled in 45 minute blocks for each program. This allows for the 30-minute program, extra time for any technical delays you or your students may experience, and if classes can stay connected for up to 45 minutes, we can use that for added discussion and Q&A time.

Virtual Field Trip Highlights:

  • Aligned to FL Standards
  • Includes a Lesson Activity
  • Secure, private Zoom Webinar connection
  • Mote Education handles the connection and moderation

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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.

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