Teen Science Cafes

Join us for virtual, webinar style Teen Science Cafes hosted by Mote’s High School Interns! Teen Science Cafes are offered most months during the school year and are free. These programs are for high school students and pre-registration is required. (When registration for a future TSC is open, you will find it listed below. You may also check mote.org/events for upcoming programs.)

Upcoming Teen Science Cafes

Our Spring 2021 Teen Science Cafe season has ended. Please check back later this year for more opportunities for high school students.

Interested in a day camp in the Keys for teens? Check out mote.org/summercamp and join us at our lab in Summerland Key for snorkel and dive excursions at Looe Key, hands-on lab experiences, a kayak excursion and more!

High School Volunteers

Mote Marine Laboratory offers a competitive high school volunteer program for those students who are interested in marine science and education. Students selected will have the opportunity to earn service hour credit required for high school graduation. The students will serve as Aquarium Guides and interpret exhibits to guests. Training will be provided.

We have reached our capacity for applicants, and the registration for the 2021 Summer High School Volunteer Program (SHSVP) has ended.  Please check back with us in February 2022 to register for our 2022 SHSVP.  If you would like to be placed on our waiting list for the 2021 program in the case of cancellations, or potential high school volunteer opportunities later in the year, please click HERE.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The SHSVP is for current high school students or students who will enter high school in the following school year.
  • High School graduates and high school students who will graduate before July, are ineligible for the SHSVP, but may apply as a regular volunteer if they are able to serve for at least 6 months.
  • SHSVP volunteers will attend a short series of orientation meetings (2-3) virtually, as well as attending an on-site walkthrough prior to the start of the program.
  • SHSVP volunteers must have transportation to and from Mote Marine Laboratory campus on Ken Thompson Parkway over the course of the program.
  • SHSVP volunteers must commit 32 service hours as an Aquarium Guide to complete the program.  One, 4-hour shift per week for a period of 8 weeks is the expectation, as the program’s duration is scheduled for 8 weeks.   As COVID has affected this past year’s school schedule, which in turn is affecting our available time-frame to conduct our program, there may be situations where 8 weeks is not possible.  We will approach each of these instances individually and will appreciate everyone’s flexibility in advance.  
  • Volunteers will be selected based on application, interview, and availability.

For questions, contact Mote's Volunteer Coordinator at volcoordinator@mote.org.