Mote Announces Dates for Full Moon Kayak Paddles and Other Fall Educational Programs

The eclipse may be over but your celestial adventures don’t have to be. Mote Marine Laboratory is excited to announce the dates for their Fall Full Moon Kayak Paddles. These one and half hour paddles take place on Sarasota Bay during twilight hours and educate participants about the importance of our estuaries and their connection to Mote research. This year Mote will offer three separate opportunities for this unique event: 9/6, 11/4, and 12/3.
Ages: Full moon paddles are only offered for adults 18-years-old and older.

Cost: Mote members: $24 per person for Mote members; $28 for non-members. All kayaking equipment is provided, and class begins with basic kayaking instruction.

Reservations: Required 24 hours before the program begins. Programs are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and are subject to change or cancellation based on weather conditions. Mote does not provide refunds unless the program is cancelled.  To register visit

Additional Fall Educational Programs:

Morning Rounds (Adults and kids 10 and older): Discover your inner aquarium biologist! Learn more about the animals that live in Mote Aquarium, and get the inside scoop on breakthrough research happening here during Morning Rounds. Guests help feed animals, learn how we keep our animals healthy and spend some time behind the scenes as we prepare The Aquarium for the day. Bookings begin 9/24.

Seahorse Tours (Adults and kids 10 and older): Get a hands-on, behind-the-scenes experience with an icon of the sea and learn how we breed and conserve these vulnerable animals. Along the way we will guide you through the biology of the syngnathid family (seahorses and their kin), their behaviors, diversity, reproduction and more. You will help feed some of our seahorses and enjoy a guided visit to all of our syngnathid exhibits. Bookings begin 9/24.

Mommy and Me at Mote (Early Childhood Education): Children and their favorite adults learn together through marine-themed crafts, games, songs, stories and role play and then enjoy a special guided visit to an exhibit in The Aquarium with this community loved program. Thursday classes begin 9/7 and Tuesday Exploring the Bay classes will begin 9/12. For our upcoming schedule and links to register visit

Mote Science Cafes (Adults 21 years older): Coming soon, Thursday 10/12 join Mote experts & educators as us as we discuss a few of Florida's top predators: sharks, dolphins, and crocs and Libby's L Bar in Sarasota. Visit or Check Us out on Facebook at "Mote Science Café."