MOTE MARINE: Homeschool Days

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Wavemakers:  This is not required, however some of you have requested additional activities to enhance your study of Marine Biology this year.  I hope that you will take advantage of these wonderful opportunities. -Mrs. S


Join us each month during the school year for Mote Home School Days. Students and their families enjoy an exciting day of age-appropriate, ocean-themed learning experiences led by Mote’s professional marine science educators. Students explore all aspects of Mote Aquarium, Mote research and Sarasota Bay. For students in grades 1st-11th (ages 6-17).

Times: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: $17 for Mote Members; $19 for non-members.
Chaperones: One free chaperone per family (required).  Each additional chaperone will need to register as a participant.
Register: Click here to register for Home School Days

2014 Fall Schedule

Ocean Exploration: How do we do it? From satellites in space to underwater robots, join us as we explore exploration!   Students will work together to design and construct an underwater robot and use techniques to explore the bottom of the sea.  We will also use dip nets to find what lurks at the surface of Sarasota Bay.

  • Dates: Wednesday, October 8 or Friday, October 10
  • Times: 10:00am-2:00pm

Estuaries: Surviving Life in the Middle Life can be harsh in this ever changing environment but the animals of the estuary don’t mind, they are perfectly adapted to life between the river and the sea.   We will be spending our day in Sarasota Bay as we explore the estuary with scientific eyes, do a marine debris cleanup and learn what you need to be an estuarine creature.

  • Dates: Wednesday, November 12 or Friday November 14
  • Times: 10:00am-2:00pm

Spineless Sea: Discovering Marine Invertebrates Discover the weirdest, wildest and most abundant animals on the planet as we dissect a squid, catch critters in Sarasota Bay and find out what makes these animals so important to the marine ecosystem.

  • Dates: Wednesday, December 10 or Friday, December 12
  • Times: 10:00am-2:00pm

Important Things to Know

What to wear/bring: All participants — including adults — must bring closed-toed, closed-heel water shoes (like Aquasocks or Crocs). No one will be allowed in the water barefoot or with flip-flops. Bring a towel, bathing suit/board shorts, change of clothes, sun protection and a full water bottle. Participants should also bring walking shoes for other portions of the program.

Pre-registration/Pre-payment: Required as classes fill up quickly.

Who is a participant: Each person in your group age 6 and older — including adults. Children younger than 6 can attend free of charge, but are not considered participants and will not receive activity supplies.

Lunch: Is not provided. You may bring your own lunch and eat in our picnic areas or pre-order box lunches from our Deep Sea Diner (941-388-3415).

Admission to The Aquarium: Your participation fee includes admission to The Aquarium at Mote, which you can explore throughout the day as your schedule allows.

Homeschool Days: Advanced

New this fall Home-schooled students with a strong interest in marine science meet once a month to explore exciting career opportunities, develop a student driven research project and participate in experiences unique to Mote.   This program is open to ages 10 and up and if selected the student has the opportunity to stay with the program until choosing to leave or upon graduation.

Due to limited space for this program, students will be required to fill out an application and complete a short application essay.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds for any Mote education programs unless we must cancel the program. If you must cancel your participation or change the number of students participating and you do so more than five days in advance, we will hold your credit for payment on a future program. No-shows, changes or cancellations within five days of the program will be charged in full.

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