Online 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 our virtual program offerings below. Programs on this page are geared toward individuals and families; if you're seeking virtual programming for your classroom or group, please check out Mote SEA Trek.

At Home with Mote

Join us as we explore the wonders of the ocean from your kitchen table! Learn at home about a variety of magnificent marine life, ocean conservation issues, and marine science research. #AtHomeWithMote is intended for ages 6 through 14. Our last class for the Spring Semester is on May 26, 2021. Don't miss out, register today!

Shark Pups and Grownups at Home

MEGA-lodon sized fun for you and your little one! Join us as we explore the marine environment through imaginative play, songs, crafts and more, all from the comfort of your home! You'll have a blast this summer with your digital STEMventure collection, full of fun experiments and engaging activities designed by our early childhood educators! For preschool to kindergarten aged kids and their favorite adult. Program access from June 1 through August 31, 2021. Register today.

Virtual Scout Workshops

Mote’s popular Merit Badge workshops have gone virtual! Join us as we review the badge workbook and explore the concepts with some demonstrations and hands-on activities. All merit badge requirements will be completed during this live, interactive virtual workshop. Visit mote.org/scouts for more info and to register today. 

Wild About Wildlife

Join us as we embark on an action-packed virtual summer adventure! Sessions will feature educators from Manatee Lagoon, Loggerhead Marinelife Center and Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium. Week-long virtual camp experiences will feature half-day morning schedules filled with animal observations, experiments, games, crafts and educational lessons hosted by educators from each organization, and will be focused on wildlife and the environment. Themes will vary each week throughout the summer and activities will be tied to the weekly theme. Camp sessions will feature a mix of live, prerecorded and do-at-your-own pace content. Lessons are targeted for children ages 6 to 9, however other ages are welcome to register and participate. Click here for more information.

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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.

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

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.

For more info, visit seafoodwatch.org and download a consumer guide.