We bring the ocean to you

CILC Pinnacle AwardIf you have a computer, internet connection and a webcam, we can connect to you.

Mote virtual field trips are live, two-way, interactive experiences between your school or organization and our laboratory in Florida. We connect your audience 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.

Our award-winning programs are based on the 60+ years of marine research at our lab. All programs are aligned with State and National Science standards and include free supplemental media and lesson plans. Options are available in 30 and 60 minute lengths for PreK-12th grades as well as Lifelong Learners. Our EdExploreSRQ listings are eligible for funding from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, as well as the Education Foundation of Sarasota County.

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EDUCATOR FREEVIEW

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We come to you live, from our distance learning studio featuring professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers and administrators.

Get a free preview of our award-winning virtual learning programs. A great way to introduce virtual learning to teachers and professionals. Go behind-the-scenes with SEA Trek and learn how to bring Mote's research, animals, and exhibits to your learners. Discover the many affordable, easy-to-use technology options available for making Virtual Field Trips.

  • Recommended for: Adult (College), Adult (School Teachers/Admins; etc), Adult (Public; Library; Senior Center; Lifelong Learning, etc.
  • Duration: up to 30 minutes
  • Price: $0 free
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SEA Me Read

We read a storybook aloud with your learners and then engage in a learning segment to help build critical thinking skills, promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, STEM engagement, and reading comprehension.
Options for PK–4th grades. Up to 30 minutes.

Smiley Shark

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by Ruth Galloway

Join us on an ocean adventure and meet a lonely shark who loves to smile. Read along as we help him save the day and find some friends. We read this fictional story aloud with your students and then engage in a learning segment to help build critical thinking skills, promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, STEM engagement, and reading comprehension. Our thanks to Tiger Tales Publishing for making this lesson possible.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 5–9 (K–3rd)
  • Duration: up to 30 minutes
  • Price: $80
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Clumsy Crab

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by Ruth Galloway

Snip, snap, clip, clap! Nipper the Crab hates his huge clumsy claws. Read along with us as we find out how useful Clumsy’s claws can be. We read this fictional story aloud with your students and then engage in a learning segment to help build critical thinking skills, promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, STEM engagement, and reading comprehension. Our thanks to Tiger Tales Publishing for making this lesson possible. Made possible by a generous grant from the Kates Foundation.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 5–9 (K–3rd)
  • Duration: up to 30 minutes
  • Price: $80
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If A Dolphin Were A Fish

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by Loran Wlordarski and illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein

Join Delfina the dolphin as she imagines that she becomes other animals. Readers will watch Delfina become a fish with gills, a sea turtle laying eggs, a pelican with feathers, an octopus without bones, a shark with a sense of smell and even a vegetarian manatee. The incredible “morphing” illustrations will have children laughing as they learn about the real differences between these animals! Join us on this ocean adventure as we discover what makes a mammal a mammal and how creatures have adapted to live in the sea. We read this fictional story aloud with your students and then engage in a learning segment to help build critical thinking skills, promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, STEM engagement, and reading comprehension. A special thanks to Arbordale Publishing for making this lesson possible.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 5–9 (K–3rd)
  • Duration: up to 30 minutes
  • Price: $80
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Shark Baby

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by Ann Downer and illustrated by Shennen Bersani

Spring into virtual learning and go on an ocean egg hunt with us. When Shark Baby’s egg case is torn loose in a storm, he goes on a journey across kelp forests, coral reefs, and seagrass meadows. He needs to find the “mermaid” to find out where he belongs. Will he find his way back? Read along with us to find out. We read this fictional story aloud with your students and then engage in a learning segment to help build critical thinking skills, promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, STEM engagement, and reading comprehension. A special thanks to Arbordale Publishing for making this lesson possible.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 5–9 (K–3rd)
  • Duration: up to 30 minutes
  • Price: $80
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Swimming With Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark

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by Heather Lang and illustrated by Jordi Solano

In the 1930s few people dared to explore the depths of the sea, and none were women. But Genie wasn’t afraid. Follow “the Shark Lady” as she uncovers the mysteries of the world’s most feared fish! We read this biographical story aloud with your students and then engage in a learning segment to help build critical thinking skills, promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, STEM engagement, and reading comprehension. A special thanks to Albert Whitman and Co. for making this lesson possible.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 7–10 (2nd–4th)
  • Duration: up to 30 minutes
  • Price: $80
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CILC Hall of Fame AwardSEA Trek

Dive into our award-winning virtual learning programs. We come to you live for an interactive lesson using a combination of science gameshows, green screen effects and live animals. These programs will spark STEM curiosity while making conservation connections.

Shark Science

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How smart are you about sharks? Take our interactive quiz show to uncover the mysteries and discover the truths about these fascinating creatures. In this lesson we introduce the learners to the diversity and adaptations of sharks.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 08–18 (3rd–12th)
  • Duration: available either as a 30 or 60 minute program
  • Before your connection: explore our Online Shark Research Exhibit 
  • Price: 30 min, $80 / 60 min, $160
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Sea Turtle Science

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Learners participate in a interactive video lesson about sea turtles through a guided game show format. This is followed by an open Q&A chat with our ocean expert. Students will learn about general reptile characteristics and the different species of sea turtles. Student will also learn where sea turtles live and nest and their basic adaptations to marine life. Finally students will learn why sea turtles are threatened and what conservation measures are being taken to protect them.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 08–18 (3rd–12th)
  • Duration: available either as a 30 or 60 minute program
  • Price: 30 min, $80 / 60 min, $160
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Manatee Science

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Do you know how to train a 3000-pound relative of the elephant? Find out how Mote Marine Laboratory cares for Hugh and Buffett, our resident manatees, and learn how big and smart they are. Students will learn the basic characteristics of mammals and the adaptations of manatees. Students will also learn how our biologist care for manatees and what conservation efforts are being made for wild populations.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 08–18 (3rd–12th)
  • Duration: available either as a 30 or 60 minute program
  • Price: 30 min, $80 / 60 min, $160
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Coral Science

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Why are coral reefs important? Discover the value of coral reefs to wildlife and how important they are to people too. Through a guided game format, learners participate in a media-rich, interactive video lesson about coral reefs. This is followed by an open Q&A chat with our ocean expert.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 08–18 (3rd–12th)
  • Duration: available either as a 30 or 60 minute program
  • Price: 30 min, $80 / 60 min, $160
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Marine Careers

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Students will learn about marine science and aquarium careers and what it takes to work in these fascinating fields. Featured topics can include: shark research, animal husbandry, sea turtle nest monitoring, manatee training and research, coral reef research and restoration, behind the scenes at Mote's cephalopod Lab and much more!

Beginning in 1955 with Dr. Eugenie Clark’s foundation of shark research, Mote is now more than 200 employees strong, including more than 30 Ph.D. scientists. We conduct groundbreaking research with more than 20 diverse research programs focusing on today’s challenges as well as identifying and addressing future impacts. The advancement of this kind of research is vital to unlocking potential solutions to some of today’s most daunting global challenges.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): Recommended for ages 11–14 (grades 6–8). Can be differentiated for ages 8-10 or 15-18+ or lifelong learners.
  • Duration: up to 60 minutes
  • Price: $212.50
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Shark Zone Tour (studio)

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Dive into our aquarium for a simulated shark training session.. This lesson is focused on shark research at Mote Marine Laboratory. Using a combination of pre-recorded and live shark cam video, we go on a virtual tour of our 135,000 shark habitat. After an overview of shark husbandry and training, we discuss the research technology we use to study sharks. We end with a Question and Answer session with our Ocean Expert.

  • Booking note: This program is available on-demand, anytime.
  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 08–18 (3rd–12th)
  • Duration: up to 30 minutes
  • Price: $80
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Shark Zone Tour (outdoors)

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Using our portable distance learning studio, we take you directly to the animals, exhibits and habitats around Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. This tour is focused on shark research and care at Mote Aquarium. We begin with a review of the history of shark research at the lab. Then we watch a live demonstration of shark husbandry and training with our biologists from atop our 135,000 gallon exhibit. We end with a Question and Answer session with our Ocean Experts. Our thanks to The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation for making this series possible.

  • Booking note: Outdoor tours are available Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays, between 9:00 am–945 am ET. Please make your requests at least two weeks in advance.
  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 08–18 (3rd–12th)
  • Duration: up to 30 minutes
  • Price: $80
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EdExploreSRQ

Attention Sarasota Teachers!

Bring learning to life with explorations from Mote Marine Laboratory. Our EdExploreSRQ listings are eligible for funding from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, as well as the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. Find out how to fund your virtual field trip.

Explore “The Bay” with Mote

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Go on a lively journey with Mote as we explore and learn more about local habitats and adaptations during a virtual visit to the new “Bay Project.” This interactive science exploration will take you virtually to "The Bay" to learn more about this community park. During this class students will be transformed into scientists to learn how to use tools and to make observations. Students will learn what it's like to be a scientist while investigating plants, animals, and the bay environment along the way. Each student will be provided with a Field Guide to follow along and take notes.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): Recommended for ages 5–11 (K–5th)
  • Duration: up to 30 minutes
  • Price: $80
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Wild About Watersheds

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Go on a virtual field trip focusing on water habitats, water quality, and methods of scientific research in estuarine environments. Using recorded videos and live science demonstrations, our educator will guide you through an exploration of estuarine habitats, introduce local plants and animals, explain the importance of estuaries, and share Mote’s research programs. FREE companion kits are available that include pre/post materials that will activate thinking, encourage engagement, assess comprehension, and extend learning beyond the field trip.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): Recommended for ages 10–11 (5th).
  • Duration: up to 60 minutes
  • Price: FREE for all Sarasota County 5th grade classes. Our thanks to the Southwest Florida Water Management District for making this possible.
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Virtual Aquarium Tour

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Join Mote Marine Laboratory for a virtual field trip to visit some of your favorite ocean animals and habitats. A live Mote educator will guide you virtually through the aquarium aligning this educational tour with grade appropriate state standards while discussing the latest Mote research connections. This is a lively and engaging program with time for questions and answers.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 5-14 (K–8th)
  • Duration: up to 30 minutes for K-2nd; up to 60 minutes for 3rd–8th
  • Price:  30 min, $80 / 60 min, $160
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Free Tech Check

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Recommended technology for SEA Trek

We want to make this the best experience possible for you. Request a free Tech Check and we will test your connectivity, audio and video. We can also give you a brief preview of our award-winning lessons.

What You Need to Connect

  1. Device (Computer, iPad, phone).
  2. Ability to connect via Zoom, Webex, Skype or similar technologies.
  3. Webcam.
  4. Speaker/microphone or headset mic.
  5. Internet connection — Hard connection preferred.

 


History

Mote Marine Laboratory participated in distance learning demonstrations as early as 1994, allowing learners at sites as far away as England to drive an underwater drone in Mote Aquarium's shark habitat. In 1996, Mote began its own distance learning program, bringing high-energy, multimedia science lessons right into the classroom using interactive video technology. Our lessons feature the research of actual scientists working at the lab with interviews showing how their interests led them to their careers.

SEA Trek has received numerous accolades and awards over its twenty year history, including numerous Pinnacle Awards. The Pinnacle Award is given annually by the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration to organizations that receive outstanding scores on program evaluations submitted by educators. The award recognizes remarkable quality of educational content and exceptional skill at program delivery. We thank all of our customers for their support in making this possible. In 2017, Mote received the Interactive Video Conference Content Provider Award from the International Society for Technology in Education. In 2020, Mote Marine Laboratory was inducted into the first annual CILC Pinnacle Hall of Fame Award for Content Providers, recognizing us for for over 10 years of quality programming.