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Thank You and Welcome, Explorers

Your generous gift directly advances Mote's extraordinary work on behalf of our oceans.

As an Explorer-level donor ($5,000-$9,999 annually), you receive special access to private events, invitation-only experiences with Mote scientists, and are among the first-to-know about breaking Mote news.

If there is anything the Mote team can do to show our gratitude for your support, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Savanna at 941-388-4441 x309.


Below you’ll find an early-access calendar for Explorers where you can learn about and reserve your seats at Mote events, even before the invitations are in the mail. 

Click here for a full list of Explorer Benefits.  

Early Access Explorer Calendar

OE 2021

Oceanic Evening - The Magic of Mote

Saturday, October 30 2021, 6:00 p.m.
Ritz Carlton Sarasota

Oceanic Evening is Mote’s signature black-tie gala reaching over 400 individuals in our community. During this annual event, Mote shares its mission to conduct world-class research, conserve our natural resources and promote science education with current and prospective supporters.

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Save the Date

Contact Caryn Freas for additional details for upcoming events. (941) 388-4441 ext 131

Farm to Fillet 2020

Guardians of the Sea (Free)

Sunday, December 5, 2021, 4 p.m.
New Pass Room at Mote Marine Laboratory (1599 Ken Thompson Parkway)

You are cordially invited to the second annual Guardians of the Sea Reception as we celebrate Mote's changemaking philanthropists. Join us for wine and hors d'oeuvres as we watch the sun set over the bay and thank the special people who make Mote's ocean-saving work possible.


Farm to Fillet 2020

Farm to Fillet (Ticketed)

Sunday, January 16, 2022, 12:30 p.m.
Mote Aquaculture Park (12300 Fruitville Road)

Join us at Mote Aquaculture Park for a luncheon in a beautiful natural setting. Guests will enjoy a unique, outdoor culinary experience after which they can enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of Mote’s Aquaculture Park, the largest aquaculture research and development facility in the United States. See first hand the work Mote scientists are doing to develop sustainable aquaculture systems that feed the world and restock depleted fish species.

Sponsorship Information Early Registration


POP 2018

Party on the Pass (Ticketed)

Friday, March 25, 2022, 6:30 p.m.
Mote Aquarium (1600 Ken Thompson Parkway)

Mote Marine Laboratory's Party on the Pass is a casual night full of good food, good fun and goodwill. All proceeds will directly support Mote’s efforts for rescue, rehabilitation and release of sea turtles & manatees, and Jane’s Refuge: the Hospital for Dolphins & Whales at Mote Marine Laboratory.

Sponsorship Information Early Registration


Explorer Benefits

  • Membership to Mote Aquarium for a party of four* and respective benefits
  • Invitation for two to an exclusive experience with a Mote scientist
  • Invitation to VIP exhibit pre-openings
  • Invitation to Mote’s Guardians of the Sea Reception
  • Invitation to Mote’s conference call series with Mote President & CEO, Dr. Michael P. Crosby
  • Complimentary admission to Special Lecture Series
  • Recognition displayed in Mote Aquarium and in Mote's Annual Report
  • Subscription to Mote Insider e-newsletter and Mote Magazine

*Excludes gifts from funds which prohibit receipt of a benefit or service.