Aquariums in the Classroom Workshop for Teachers, Grades 6–12

March 15, 2019

Aquariums in the Classroom Workshop

Professional Development Workshop for Middle and High School Teachers

With these workshops, we hope to help inform and encourage best practices for collaborative teacher professional development integrating science and technology. Participating teachers will gain experience using appropriate technologies and will create multi‐media teaching resources for use in their classrooms. Additionally, teachers will be encouraged to share their new knowledge, resources and lessons with their school colleagues. Workshop content will be aligned with Florida standards, as well as county instructional resources with the ability to meet the specific needs of each school, grade, and class.

Description: Learn how to safely (and legally) setup and maintain an aquarium for educational purposes. Includes lesson plan ideas, an FMSEA/FWC Aquatic Species Collection Workshop, field experience and more. Featured expert is Thomas Reynolds, Mote Aquarium Biologist II.
Location: Keating Marine Education Center, 1599 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236, Room 207
Contact: Jason Robertshaw (, 941-388-4441, ext. 250)

Friday, March 15, 2019

  • 9:00 am–9:30 Check-in and Coffee Connections
  • 9:30 am–10:00 am Introductions and Workshop Overview
  • 10:00 am–10:45 am Craft Fish “Dissection”
  • 10:45 am Break
  • 11:00 am–12:00 am Setting up a classroom aquarium with Thomas Reynolds (Mote Aquarium Biologist II) 
  • 12:00 pm–1:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:00 pm–3:00 pm FMSEA/FWC Aquatic Species Collection Workshop ($25)*
  • 3:00 pm–3:00 pm  Wrap-up and Next Steps
  • 3:00 pm–4:00 pm Option A: Field Sampling; Option B: Tour of Mote Aquarium
  • Schedule subject to change.


Note: There is no fee to participate in the morning PD sessions (9:00 am–1 pm) or afternoon field experience (3:30 pm–4:30 pm). Qualified public school teachers are also eligible for a $100 stipend from Mote Marine Laboratory. However, there is a $25 state-mandated fee in order to receive the FMSEA/FWC Aquatic Species Collection Workshop certificate. The certificate is a legal document from the State of Florida that will permit you to collect and keep aquatic organisms for educational purposes. A background check is performed by authorized FWC employees to make sure there are no wildlife violations. To receive a certificate, you must complete the second form (

Following the workshop, participants are encouraged to share their experiences and lessons in the classroom with other teachers attending Mote’s PD workshops. Participants will also be asked for feedback on workshop content, structure and effectiveness. Email check-ins from Mote staff will occur at intervals to ensure teachers have the support needed and to evaluate implementation of skills and curriculum.

Made possible by generous support from The Koski Family Foundation, Inc.  

Aquariums in the Classroom Workshop for Teachers, Grades 6–12



Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236