Homeschool Programs

Homeschool Days and Mote Homeschool Advanced Programs

 

Homeschool Days @ Mote: Family Class

Join us twice a month during the school year for Mote Homeschool Days. Students and their families enjoy an exciting class of age-appropriate, ocean-themed learning experiences led by Mote’s professional marine science educators. Students explore all aspects of Mote Aquarium, Mote research, and Sarasota Bay. For students in grades 1st-8th (ages 6-13).

*Please note changes to this year’s class descriptions and participant information

  • Days: Wednesday and Friday Mornings (See dates below)
  • Times: 9:30am-12:00pm
  • Cost: $20 for Mote members, $26 for non-members
  • Chaperones: One free required chaperone per registered family (Any additional adults will need to register as a participant.)
  • Additional children: Children under 6 are permitted to attend the Family Class at no additional charge but will not be considered a participant and will not have access to 
  • program supplies or included Aquarium admission. *Note: You do not need to have additional children to attend this class

Homeschool Days @ Mote: Participant + Chaperone Only Class

Join us twice a month during the school year for Mote Homeschool Days. Students enjoy an exciting class of age-appropriate, ocean-themed learning experiences led by Mote’s professional marine science educators. Students explore all aspects of Mote Aquarium, Mote research and Sarasota Bay. For students in grades 1st-8th (ages 6-13).

*Please note changes to this year class descriptions and participant information

  • Days: Wednesday afternoons (See dates below)
  • Times: 1:00pm-3:30pm
  • Cost: $20 for Mote members, $26 for non-members
  • Chaperones: One free required chaperone per registered family (Any additional adults will need to register as a participant.)
  • Additional children: Children under 6 are not permitted to attend Homeschool Days: Participant Only Class. Those families with youngsters who enjoy coming along to Mote with their older sibling(s) may take advantage of the Family Classes (new this year!).

Please read and keep your confirmation email(s). This is the only communication you will receive regarding your class or classes. These emails contain important information for the class or classes you’ll be attending including where to meet and what to bring.

➤ CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 

 


 

Homeschool Days @ Mote Fall 2017 Schedule

September 2017

Living an environmentally friendly life is good for you and the ocean! Join us as we explore simple changes we can make to protect marine life.  

Go Green to Save Blue: Plastic Prevention

This class includes an exploration of Sarasota Bay and a plastic identification lab to discover the hidden plastics in common household items.

  • Family Class: Wednesday Sept 6 OR Friday Sept 8
    • Time: 9:30am-12:00pm
  • Participant Only Class: Wednesday Sept 6
    • Time: 1:00pm-3:30pm

Go Green to Save Blue: Risky Runoff Reduction

This class includes an exploration of Sarasota Bay and a chemistry/water quality lab to discover what toxins may be lurking in the products you use and what that means to marine life.

  • Family Class: Wednesday Sept 20 OR Friday Sept 22
    • Time: 9:30am-12:00pm
  • Participant Only Class: Wednesday Sept 20
    • Time: 1:00pm-3:30pm

October 2017

Biodiversity is the spice of life! The different plants and animals that make up the marine ecosystem all have important roles to play.   Just us as we explore the local biodiversity of Sarasota Bay and learn how Mote is working to keep biodiversity high.

Biodiversity of the Bay: Marine Invertebrates

Crabs, snails and shrimp, oh my! This class includes dip netting in Sarasota Bay and a population study of local marine invertebrates.

  • Family Class: Wednesday Oct 11 OR Friday Oct 13
    • Time: 9:30am-12:00pm
  • Participant Only Class: Wednesday Oct 11
    • Time: 1:00pm-3:30pm

Biodiversity of the Bay: Bony Fishes

Snook, pufferfish and seahorses, oh my! This class includes seine netting in Sarasota Bay, fish anatomy lesson and construction of your own fishy field guide to take home.

  • Family Class: Wednesday Oct 25 OR Friday Oct 27
    • Time: 9:30am-12:00pm
  • Participant Only Class: Wednesday Oct 25
    • Time: 1:00pm-3:30pm

November 2017

Survival can be tough in the big blue sea but many animals have adapted bizarre and unique strategies to keep themselves and future generations going!

Strategy in the Sea: Feeding Techniques

This class includes a visit to the Main Mote Aquarium and a classroom lesson comparing a wide variety of feeding techniques.

  • Family Class: Wednesday Nov 8 OR Friday Nov 10
    • Time: 9:30am-12:00pm
  • Participant Only Class: Wednesday Nov 8
    • Time: 1:00pm-3:30pm

Strategy in the Sea: Reproduction

This class includes a visit to Oh Baby! in Mote Aquarium and a classroom lesson comparing various marine animal life cycles.

  • Family Class: Wednesday Nov 15 OR Friday Nov 17
    • Time: 9:30am-12:00pm
  • Participant Only Class: Wednesday Nov 15
    • Time: 1:00pm-3:30pm

December 2017

Some animals in the ocean are facing the threat of extinction but it is not too late!  Join us as we learn about some beautiful and fascinating endangered animals and discuss ways we can help.

Racing Extinction: Marine Mammals and Sharks

This class will include a meet and greet with a Mote scientist working to save endangered species. The classroom program will focus on critically endangered marine mammals, the vaquita and the North Atlantic right whale and the threat shark finning is posing on several important shark species.

  • Family Class: Wednesday Dec 6 OR Friday Dec 8
    • Time: 9:30am-12:00pm
  • Participant Only Class: Wednesday Dec 6
    • Time: 1:00pm-3:30pm

Racing Extinction: Coral Reef Ecosystems

This class will include a meet and greet with a Mote scientist working to save endangered corals and the animals that depend on the coral reef.  The classroom program will focus on critically endangered coral species and what Mote is doing to save them.

  • Family Class: Wednesday Dec 20 OR Friday Dec 22
    • Time: 9:30am-12:00pm
  • Participant Only Class: Wednesday Dec 20
    • Time: 1:00pm-3:30pm

 


 

 

Mote Homeschool Advanced Program 2017-2018

 

Note: This is a drop-off student only program

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

  • Work in teams to develop and conduct marine science research projects
  • Work on problem-solving, communication and collaboration skills through STEM based projects
  • Get the inside scoop on the exciting research going on at Mote
  • Meet with Mote’s professional researchers, trainers, biologists and educators 
  • Work in teams to develop and implement service projects
  • Go behind the scenes of Mote Aquarium
  • Get hands-on experience with Mote’s Education Animal Collection
  • Increase ocean literacy and awareness through experiential learning   
  • Have opportunities for field trips and other unique Mote experiences
  • Have a blast!                                                                                                  

➤ CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION 

Meetings run September 2017 through May 2018:

Ages 9-11

  • Times: One Thursday a month, 10:00am-3:00pm
  • Dates: September 14, October 19, November 16, December 14, January 18, February 15, March 15, April 12, May 10
  • Cost: $215 for school year

Ages 12-16

  • Times:  One Tuesday OR Thursday a Month, 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Note: Students may not alternate between Tuesday and Thursday classes
  • Tuesday Dates: September 26, October 31, November 28, December 19, January 30, February 27, March 27, April 24, May 22
  • Thursday Dates: September 28, October 26, November 30, December 21, January 25, February 22, March 29, April 26, May 24
  • Cost: $250 for school year
  • Note: Students may join the 12-16 year old age group if they are turning 12 on or before December 31, 2017

Due to very limited space for this program, students will be required to fill out a short application.    

APPLICATION DEADLINE AUGUST 15, 2017