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Mote Marine Laboratory

Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski
Digital Learning Coordinator/ SeaTrek Educator
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236
Email: kasey@mote.org
Phone: (941) 388-4441

Driven by research, education and excitement scientists at Mote Marine work to create a better environment for ourselves and our children. The answers are in the ocean and together, we will find them. Originally focused on sharks, our research has expanded to include studies of human cancer using marine models, the effects of man-made and natural toxins on humans and on the environment, and the health of wild fisheries. We also work on developing sustainable and successful fish restocking techniques and food production technologies and the development of ocean technology to help us better understand the health of the environment.

We are an independent marine research institution comprised of world-class marine scientists committed to the belief that the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans begins with research and education.

Mote Aquarium participated in distance learning demonstrations as early as 1994, allowing students at sites as far away as England to drive a ROV in Mote’s shark habitat. In 1996, Mote Aquarium began its own distance learning program utilizing state-of-the-art videoconferencing technology. This program became known as SeaTrek. SeaTrek brings high-energy, multimedia science programming right into the classroom in a live and interactive way. Our programs feature real scientists working in the field with interviews showing how their interests led them to their careers.

Ancient Reptiles
Grade Range: 3rd-8thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Category: Marine ScienceCost: $195

Our lively gameshow reveals why sea turtles are truly amazing reptiles. We discover what a hatchling needs to survive in the open ocean and then take a tour of our sea turtle exhibits.Students will learn about general reptile characteristics and the different species of sea turtles. Student will also learn where sea turtles live and nest and their basic adaptations to marine life. Finally students will learn why sea turtles are threatened and what conservation measures are being taken to protect them.

Clumsy Crab
Grade Range: K-2ndLength: 25 MinMax Class Size: 35Category: Marine ScienceCost: $100

Snip, snap! Nipper the Crab hates his huge clumsy claws. Read along with us as we find out how useful Clumsy’s claws can be.Students will learn about crab diversity and the characteristics of invertebrates. Students will also use literacy and reading comprehension skills.

Discovery Reef
Grade Range: 5th-12thLength: 25 MinMax Class Size: 35Category: Marine ScienceCost: $100

Help Meno the Angelfish find his way home! Along the way, students discover marvelous treasures hidden inside the coral reef!The student will understand the basic ecology of coral reefs; learn about relationships found on a coral reef; understand coral anatomy, reproduction, and defense; understand why coral reefs are important; learn how Mote Marine Laboratory studies coral reefs; learn how we can protect coral reefs.

If A Dolphin Were A Fish
Grade Range: K-2ndLength: 25 MinMax Class Size: 35Category: Marine ScienceCost: $100

Join Delfina the dolphin as she imagines that she becomes other animals. Readers will watch Delfina become a fish with gills, a sea turtle laying eggs, a pelican with feathers, an octopus without bones, a shark with a sense of smell and even a vegetarian manatee. The incredible “morphing” illustrations will have children laughing as they learn about the real differences between these animals! Join us on this ocean adventure as we discover what makes a mammal a mammal and how creatures have adapted to live in the sea.Students will learn about marine animal adaptations and animal classification (mammal, reptile, bird, etc). Students will also use literacy and reading comprehension skills.

Manatee Mania
Grade Range: 3rd-8thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Category: Marine ScienceCost: $195

How do you train a 3000-pound relative of the elephant? Learn how we care for Hugh and Buffett, our resident West Indian manatees, and find out how big and smart they are.The student will learn the basic characteristics of a mammal, and the adaptations of manatees. The student will also learn how captive manatees are cared for and what conservation efforts are being made for wild populations.

Ocean Careers
Grade Range: 8th-12thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Category: Marine ScienceCost: $230

Go behind the science at Mote Marine Laboratory as we discover the fascinating field of marine biology.The students will learn about marine science and aquarium careers and what it takes to work in these fascinating fields.

Sanctuary Reef
Grade Range: 9th-12thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Category: Marine ScienceCost: $195

Why are coral reefs important? Discover the value of coral reefs to wildlife and how important they are to people too.To demonstrate the value and importance of coral reefs to wildlife and to people.

Shark Zone
Grade Range: 3rd-8thLength: 45-60 minMax Class Size: 35Category: Marine ScienceCost: $195

Don’t be afraid! See sharks up close and learn the truth about them! Find out why it’s more dangerous to be at home than in the water with these fascinating creatures.The students will learn about the behavior of sharks, types of sharks, and the anatomy and physiology of sharks (including the senses). Students will also learn about the popular misconceptions about sharks and why they are often misunderstood.

Sharks Alive
Grade Range: 3rd-12thLength: 25 MinMax Class Size: 35Category: Marine ScienceCost: $100

The program is a live, two-way interactive program focused on shark research at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. We begin with an overview of shark husbandry and training at our aquarium and the research technology we use. We end with a Question and Answer session with our Ocean Expert.Students will participate in a virtual shark training session with our aquarium biologists; identify reasons why we train sharks and other animals in human care discover husbandry and training techniques biologist use to manage animals in human care; learn about the technology we use to study sharks in the wild; engage in a discussion with our ocean expert about sharks or other ocean animals; develop an appreciation for sharks and their important ecological roles.

Smiley Shark
Grade Range: K-2ndLength: 25 MinMax Class Size: 35Category: Marine ScienceCost: $100

SMILE! Join us on an ocean adventure and meet a lonely shark who loves to smile. Read along as we help him save the day and find some friends. Students will learn about shark diversity and the characteristics of sharks. Students will also use literacy and reading comprehension skills. Finally, students will learn why sharks are threatened and what they can do to help conserve them.

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