Register today for a free talk!

Join Mote staff at Wellen Park, a new community in Venice, for our Science Talks with Mote lecture series.

Where: Solis Hall, 19725 Wellen Pk Blvd, Venice, FL 34293

Registration: All lectures are free but pre-registration is required. Register for each lecture below.



Upcoming talks

A Peek Behind the Scenes of Mote Science Education Aquarium (Mote SEA) with Evan Barniskis

June 12 from 6–7 p.m.

Ever wonder what goes into creating a one-of-a-kind, world-class Science Education Aquarium? Join us and hear how a project of this size comes to life, including the unique planning process, present day construction rising and a peek into its future grand-opening. Evan Barniskis, Mote Aquarium Associate Vice President, shares a behind-the-scenes look into the design process, exciting construction updates, new exhibits and the creatures that will call Mote SEA home.

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Coral Reef Science with Jason Robertshaw

June 26 from 6–7 p.m.

Dive into the captivating world of coral reef research with ocean experts from Mote Marine Laboratory. In this immersive program we explore the science, wonders, and challenges of restoring these fragile ecosystems. We will uncover the latest research, innovative techniques, and successful efforts to save Florida's iconic coral reefs. Discover the unique biodiversity, economic impact, and ecological importance of our reefs through stunning visuals, compelling storytelling, and interactive discussions. Whether you're an ocean lover, a conservation advocate, or simply curious about the fascinating world of coral reefs, this presentation is a must-attend event.

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Ocean Superheroes with Elaina Wheaton

July 10 from 6–7 p.m.

Discover the untold stories of ocean creatures with extraordinary superpowers! From impenetrable armored plates and jaw-dropping super-powered punches, to mesmerizing shapeshifting abilities and awe-inspiring bioluminescence, these dynamic critters are nature's very own superheroes of the sea. Join us in this interactive, family-friendly presentation as we compare some of the world's most famous superheroes with their real-life ocean counterparts, and unveil the amazing super adaptations that enable these creatures to thrive in the depths of the ocean. And that's not all! Children can unleash their creativity and design their very own species of super-adapted sea creatures using our hilarious props bin filled with random items. Get ready for an adventure like no other, where science meets imagination and the wonders of the ocean come to life!

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Red Tide Science with Jason Robertshaw

July 24 from 6–7 p.m.

Join us for an eye-watering exploration of the science, impact, and solutions surrounding Florida Red Tides. Led by Mote’s ocean experts, this engaging presentation will reveal some of the mysteries of red tides and how they affect our environment, economy, and health. Through captivating visuals, real-life case studies, and interactive discussions, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the causes, effects, and management of these harmful algal blooms. Plus, learn about cutting-edge research, innovative technologies, and practical strategies that Mote is developing to protect our coastlines. Whether you're an environmental enthusiast, a concerned citizen, or a curious learner, this presentation is a must-attend event. Don't miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge and make a positive impact on our oceans and communities.

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