Homeschool Days and At Home With Mote

Join us for fun-filled, ocean-themed learning experiences led by Mote's professional marine science educators. We are offering families both onsite and virtual programs, so you can join us here in Sarasota or from your home anywhere!


Meet us at Mote to explore exciting aspects of Mote Aquarium, Mote research and Sarasota Bay. Each month is a unique theme offered to three different age levels, 6-9, 10-14 and 6-14 to accommodate families with multiple ages. Please note that only registered participants and chaperones will be permitted to attend. 

Click here for Fall 2021 Dates and Topics - Registration for September opens on August 1, 2021!


Registration Opening Dates

  • September Classes - August 1
  • October Classes - September 1
  • November Classes - October 1
  • December Classes - November 1

Times: 10:00am-12:00pm
Cost: $25 for Mote members; $28 for non-members

Price represents the student plus one chaperone per family (required). ONLY registered participants are allowed to attend Homeschool Days (no younger or older non-registered siblings).

Admission to Mote Aquarium is NOT included with this program. Please visit for information and to reserve tickets.

Cancellation Policy
Please review our updated Program Policies, including cancellation and refund information, effective 8/1/2021.

Waitlist Policy 
You may add your child(ren) to a waitlist for any Mote Homeschool program through the registration link. Should any openings come about, we will contact those on the waitlist on a first-come, first-served basis via email. You will be expected to confirm the transfer and pay your registration fee within 24 hours of notification. If we do not hear from you within that time, we will move to the next participant on the waitlist.


If you cannot make it to Mote, no worries, join us for our monthly, live Zoom webinars! These are secure, interactive and fun at-home versions of our Homeschool Days. Join us as we explore the wonders of the ocean from your kitchen table! Learn at home about a variety of magnificent marine life, ocean conservation issues, and marine science research. #AtHomeWithMote is intended for ages 6 through 14.

Times: 1:00PM-2:00PM
Cost: $10 
Registration: For all online classes, registration closes at 11:59PM the day before class or when registration has reached max capacity, whichever comes first. Registration is REQUIRED.

  • Please review our Tech Check before registering for a virtual class.

Registration for At Home with Mote will open on August 1, 2021. 


Questions? Email or call 941.388.4441 ext. 133

Cancellation Policy: Effective 8/1/2021, we have new policies related to cancellations, weather, and COVID-19 that apply to ALL Homeschool Programs. These policies are linked above, and are also detailed in the registration form and a copy of this policy will be included in your registration confirmation email for your reference.

Mote Homeschool Advanced Program 2021-2022

Homeschooled students with a strong interest in marine science meet once a month to:

  • Work on problem-solving, communication and collaboration skills through STEAM-based projects
  • Increase ocean literacy and awareness through experiential learning
  • Get the inside scoop on the exciting research going on at Mote
  • Collaborate to develop and implement marine science research projects and ocean conservation service projects (specifically 12-16 class)
  • Meet with Mote’s professional researchers, trainers, biologists and educators
  • Go behind the scenes of Mote Aquarium
  • Get hands-on experience with Mote’s Education Animal Ambassadors
  • Have opportunities for field trips and other unique Mote experiences

Please note that this is a drop-off student only program.

Due to the competitive nature and limited capacity of this program all students are required to fill out an application. The application will be valid for the entire school year, Sept-May, but tuition will be paid per semester.  

APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED FOR THE 2021-2022 YEAR, please check back in the spring for the 2022-2023 application. 

For questions related to Mote Homeschool Programs, please email Dana Henderson.