Education Programs

IC2R3 Comes to You!

Mote's Coral Kits

Mote's Coral Kits are a free, educational experience from Mote's IC2R3 lab to your classroom. There are 4 interactive lessons to choose from to teach students about coral reef biology and ecology, while highlighting Mote's cutting-edge research and restoration efforts on Florida's Coral Reef. Mote will provide all consumable and reusable materials for engaging, hands-on activities available for checkout by reservation (only available to local schools and homeschool groups within Monroe County School District). Dive in deeper with our virtual resources including vocabulary cards, activity extensions, behind-the-scenes videos, and Q&As with Mote scientists! Want to connect live with Mote educators and scientists? Request a live, virtual experience on the reservation request form.

To checkout a Coral Kit:

  • Fill out the reservation request form with your preferred dates
  • Mote staff will contact you to confirm your reservation and arrange the drop-off/pick up
  • You will receive a materials kit with class code for all online materials (make sure your school does not block access to outside Google Classrooms)
  • Please follow all return procedures and Mote staff will pick up your kit

COVID-19 Procedures:

  • All materials will be sanitized between checkout following CDC regulations 
  • Additional time will be reserved in between checkouts to allow for proper sanitizing 
  • Kits will be delivered and picked up to the school's main office, limiting any face-to-face interactions
  • All lesson plans and worksheet materials will be provided via an online link (included in the kits)

Virtual Tours

The building for Mote's Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research and Conservation against a blue sky, with a boat docked in a marina on the side, with the Mote logo and

Now offering virtual tours of IC2R3! Reserve your spot here

Keys Virtual Classroom

Join our Keys Virtual Classroom by clicking the link below. Access marine science lessons, behind-the-scenes videos, STEM activities, and more!

Class code: UAML5D3 

"Note: Some school district settings block access to the site. If you are having trouble accessing the page, contact us at

For more virtual and streaming learning opportunities, please visit

Marine science education for all ages

Students visit Mote in the Florida Keys - credit Conor Goulding/Mote Marine LaboratoryWe believe conservation begins with education, and the sooner we can educate each other, the better off our oceans and our lives will be. With our education programs, you can dive in and get your feet wet and your hearts inspired. Mote Marine Laboratory's Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration (IC2R3) offers residential programs for visting groups as well as school programs.

Research-based After-School Program for Students (RAPS)

The Research-based After-School Program for Students (RAPS) offers high school students the exciting opportunity to take part in hands-on marine research and conservation work focused on coral reef ecology and health. Program participants have the unique opportunity to learn from experts in the field of marine science while carrying out their own research projects focused on coral reefs of the Florida Keys. Participants take part in bi-monthly meetings to learn about key topics in the study of corals, and work alongside Mote scientists and educators, in the field and lab, to develop their own research questions and experiments. They also collaborate with their peers to share their findings with the public in an effort to educate their community on the importance of coral reef conservation.

This program is designed to provide authentic research-based opportunities for high school students and is perfect for students who are interested in marine science, passionate about ocean conservation, and ready to take part in research. Participants commit approximately eight hours a month to RAPS during the school year, including participation in bi-monthly meetings. Additional service and/or field research components occur throughout this program time period.

Current high school students in Key West and surrounding areas are eligible to participate. We are now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year program. Please complete the application below below to access registration for upcoming events.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1452538. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in  this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect  the views of the National Science Foundation.

Apply for the 2020-2021 RAPS

  • Mote will be hosting several opportunities this fall for high school students including virtual connections and outdoor excursions. Join Mote staff for interactive college and career preparatory labs, Teen Science Cafes, and a chance to get up close with coral restoration and research happening in our Keys community! 
  • Space is limited. Registration will be required for each activity. 
  • Program takes place September through May
  • Meeting locations will vary between multiple sites in Key West and Mote’s Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration at 24244 Overseas Highway, Summerland Key


More Opportunities for High School Students

Mote will be hosting several opportunities this fall for high school students in the Florida Keys including virtual and outdoor excursions. Students can choose one or multiple activities. Join Mote staff for interactive college and career preparatory labs, Teen ScienceCafes, and a chance to get up close with coral restoration and research happening in our Keys community!

Space is limited. Review our brochure for all opportunities. Click the button below to register for the October Snorkeling at Fort Zachary, November Lab Tour & Kayaking, and/or December Coral Restoration Lab. 

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