Virtual Education Programs

We are proud to bring our Mote Education programs and activities into your living and learning spaces. We have something for everyone! Check out all of our virtual program offerings below and click on the linked titles for more details. We are adding new programs daily, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back often! 

Online STEMventures with Mote (OSM)

Registration is now open! OSM is a virtual program coming to you this summer. Participants connect with Mote Educators to learn about various topics, try hands-on activities, and interact with like-minded peers. These opportunities allow kids to learn about the ocean from the comfort of their own homes. It’s going to be an “OSM” summer! This is a fee-based program. Find more details here, including program options, dates, fees, safety guidelines, tech check, and cancellation policy (click the title above to register). 

Mote Education’s Online Google Classrooms

Need more ocean and science content for your at-home learning? Look no further! Each week, we will share new interactive lessons and activities to our Google classroom page. Every age group (pre-k - adult) can find something to spark their interest! We will be sharing new content every day so bookmark the page and stay tuned. 

Follow the steps below to join our Google Classrooms. 

  • Visit classroom.google.com
  • Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Sarasota - Search by the Code: CVVRCVF 
  • Mote’s International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration in Summerland Key - Search by the Code: UAML5D30 
  • Explore our folders and resources and let the fun and learning begin!

Backyard Explorations and Science Techniques - The BEST Time of Day

(BEST) encourages participants to get outside and get to know their natural spaces. In this series, we’ll learn observation skills, how to evaluate biodiversity, and finally, how we can best take care of our natural spaces to positively impact wildlife and the oceans. Click the link above to access our FlipGrid group to leave us a video of your backyard explorations. 

Ask Us Anything About the Ocean on Flipgrid

Leave us a free, video voicemail and ask us anything about the ocean. Our educators and researchers are available to answer your deep questions with a personalized video response. Consider Mote Marine Lab your virtual pen-pals whenever you have an ocean science question! 

Virtual Story Times 

Ready to have storytime come to life? Well then dive into an ocean storybook for engaging interactive tales on sharks, dolphins, sea turtles, and other underwater critters with one of our educators! Pre-registration required (click on Virtual Story Times link above). 

Mote SEAtrek

Mote SEAtrek lessons are live, two-way, interactive virtual experiences between you and our laboratory in Florida. We can see and hear your learners and they can see and hear us. Award-winning lessons are based on the 60+ years of marine research at our lab. Lessons are available in 25 and 50 minute lengths for PreK-12th + Lifelong Learners. Find more information here and book your program today! (some programs are fee based)

#AtHomeWithMote Virtual Homeschool Day 

Join us for a weekly livestream as we explore the wonders of the ocean from our kitchen table! Learn #athome about a variety of magnificent marine life, ocean conservation issues, and marine science research. This FREE program runs Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. in April; starting in May, it will run Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. This program is intended for learners ages 6-14 and their families. Pre-registration is required. (Did you miss one of our past #AtHomeWithMote programs or want to watch it again? You can find them here!)

 

Connect with us on Social Media

Visit Mote's Education Facebook page and Instagram page (@MoteEducation) for these regularly scheduled virtual events, activities and adventures or register for one of our live connections! Be sure to like and subscribe to see additional daily features. Times and themes subject to change.

Ocean Moves with Mote (OMM) – Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.

Grab a towel or yoga mat, head outside or stay in your living room, and join us for a family-friendly yoga session exploring themes from under the sea.

#ArtSEAwithMote – Sundays at 9:00 a.m.

Get crafty with us and turn trash into treasure. Using common recyclable and reusable items found at home, we will make a fun, easy marine themed craft each week. Participants are encouraged to post a picture of their craft on social media.

#ReMote Experiments – Mondays at 11:00 a.m.

SEA Science at Home Investigate some of science’s big questions in these easy to follow experiments, using common household items. A new video will be posted every Monday.

Behind the Scenes – Mondays at 4:00 p.m.

Ever wondered what happens behind the “Staff Only” doors at Mote? Here’s a chance to get a sneak peek into our behind-the-scenes lab, aquarium, and education spaces to learn what it takes to do cutting-edge research, maintain an AZA-accredited aquarium, and teach engaging marine science lessons. No credentials needed! 

From the Field – Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.

Tired of being stuck inside? Join our Mote educators as they highlight different ecosystems, discuss local ecology, highlight Mote research programs, and show you how to observe wildlife in your own backyard.

Shark Pups & Grown Ups Virtual Story Time – Thursdays at 8:00 a.m.

Find the comfiest spot in your house, cuddle up with family, and settle in for an ocean-themed story read by one of our educators.  Perfect for naptime, bedtime, or anytime you want a quiet escape to the sea.

Celebrating Diversity in Marine Science – Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. 

Each week we will be highlighting women in marine science and scientists of color. Join us as we celebrate diversity in marine science and learn about exciting research that is paving the way for future generations.

SEA Science at Home – Fridays at 10:30 am.

Investigate some of science’s big questions in these easy to follow experiments, using common household items. A new video will be posted every Friday.

Creature Feature – Fridays at 4:00 p.m.

Each week, Mote’s Education department will feature one of our furry, scaly, or slimy animals at the Aquarium and share some fun & fascinating facts!
 

Missed one of the above programs? You can find many of our videos on Mote Education Online's YouTube channel

We are adding new programs daily, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back often! 

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Digital Downloads and Resources

Here are educational and fun digital resources provided by Mote Marine Laboratory and partners. Each resource is free to download. Resources are listed alphabetically, and more will be added soon!

Coloring pages: Click to download and then print!

Coral Bleaching Identification Guide - FL Keys Coral Reefs

If you're spending time in the Florida Keys, you can support coral reefs by finding and reporting signs of coral bleaching. Bleaching occurs when high temperatures or other stressors cause corals to lose the beneficial algae that give them color and nutrition, which leaves the coral looking white.

Click the image below to download a handy guide that helps divers and snorkelers recognize bleaching, and visit Mote's BleachWatch and COCEAN pages to learn how you can report bleaching and other changes on Florida Keys reefs.

Bleaching examples and link to guide

 

Holiday Card: Print and Fold

Create festive, coral-inspired holiday cards for your family and friends!

Video: How to fold

Sea turtle nesting season tip card

Seafood Watch® Program From Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program empowers consumers and businesses to make choices for a healthy ocean, helping to support diverse marine ecosystems for the future.

Using science-based, peer-reviewed methods, Seafood Watch assesses how fisheries and farmed seafood impact the environment and provides recommendations for seafood Best Choices, Good Alternatives and items to Avoid. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium partners with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program to promote sustainable seafood messaging.

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