Bay Walk & Talks: Interpretive Bay Walks & Talks

Walk and talk your way through the mangroves of Sarasota Bay with your educator from Mote Marine Laboratory. On this one hour walk, learn how to identify some native Florida vegetation, the animals that call this unique habitat home, and the research being conducted here at Mote to protect this resource. Each week our walks are offered will have rotating themes including: Filtering Florida, Nature’s Nursery, Trees for the Seas, and Washed Ashore. Admission to the Aquarium is included with your puchase of a Bay Walk & Talk experience.

  • Who: Adults and children ages 6 yrs. and older. Children under 18 yrs. old must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration is required. Find out what to wear and bring to your Walk.
  • When: Saturdays 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Guests will meet for check-in at the whale statue in front of Mote Aquarium and the Walk will end with guests visiting Oh Baby! at the Mammal Center. Themed walks will be offered weekly. Your confirmation email will contain additional information.
  • Pricing: $10 member adult and youth, $30 non-member adult, $25 non-member youth
  • Questions: 
  • Register: Click here then find the Saturday you'd like to attend to purchase your ticket(s). Walk themes listed below; only available dates will show on the calendar. Reservations required.


Walk Topics

Filtering Florida: Mangroves in greenhouses and fish raised in tanks, oh my! Find out the important role that mangroves play in Mote Marine Laboratory Aquaculture and how these amazing trees filter our coastal waters. 

Nature’s Nursery: What do a baby crib and a mangrove root have in common? Find out on this walk and talk as we discuss how fish utilize this habitat as a nursery ground and learn what our Fisheries Ecology and Enhancement Program is finding out about Snook’s habitat preferences. Available: 

Trees for the Seas: Though coral reefs aren’t prevalent in Sarasota Bay, Mote Marine Laboratory scientists are studying the threats they face, including ocean acidification. Learn how mangroves may be slowing down this occurrence and mitigating the effects. 

Washed Ashore: Lend a helping hand on this walk and talk as we discuss trash found in our waterways and how Mote Marine Laboratory’s Dolphin, Whale and Sea Turtle hospital staff aid animals impacted by this marine debris. We’ll also be on the lookout for any debris we can remove from this important habitat.