Mote is currently offering both onsite and virtual school program and community group opportunities. If you are looking for our virtual program options, please visit mote.org/seatrek.

Onsite Field Trips

After extensive preparation to enhance health-safety measures, Mote Aquarium is 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. The new guidelines for school and youth community group reservations are also outlined in the Request Form and in your confirmation email.

Questions about Mote's onsite field trips and tours? Email educate@mote.org or call our School Programs Manager at 941-388-4441 ext. 351.

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

Join us for field sampling in Sarasota Bay! Students will learn the importance of estuaries while collecting organisms that live in the bay. During this experience-based water program, students will also learn techniques on how to collect data that later can be analyzed. 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, 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. Book your visit today by clicking on the request button above.

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, 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.

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Virtual Field Trips

Our virtual field trips are live, two-way, interactive experiences between your school or organization and our laboratory in Florida. We connect your students to our STEM subject matter experts and engage their curiosity with science demonstrations and lively animal encounters. We can see and hear your learners and they can see and hear us via private, safe, interactive videoconferencing connections. 

Virtual Field Trip Highlights:

  • Aligned to FL Standards
  • Secure, private Zoom Webinar connection

Questions about Mote's virtual learning opportunities? Email educate@mote.org or call our Virtual Learning Program Manager at 941-388-2904.

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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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