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Behind the Science

There are no Behind the Science programs offered during summer months.  Please check back in July for a full list of our fall offerings.  Thank you.

Behind the Science is an opportunity to experience Mote Marine Laboratory's groundbreaking research!  These hour and a half programs introduce the marine animals and environments that inspire the research conducted by Mote scientists. Appropriate for inquiring minds ages 6 and up, our programs are filled with hands-on activities and experiments.  Tuesday and Saturday programs are offered on a rotating basis.  Please scroll down to view the Spring 2012 Behind the Science calendar.

                      
                                
Please continue reading for program descriptions, schedules, cost, and age groups. Pre-registration is required. Scroll to the bottom of this page for registration information.

Tuesdays, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Alternates between the following listed programs.

Age: Elementary school (age 6) through adult. Kids under 14 must attend class with an adult. Kids ages 14-18 may attend on their own, but must bring a notarized Medical Treatment Authorization form.  Siblings under the age of 6 are welcome, but will not be provided with their own class materials.
Member Price: $8 per person
Non-Member Price: $10 per person

Program Title: Penguins March to Mote
Program Description: Penguins are arriving at Mote Aquarium this fall!  Take some time to really get to know our visitors and hear the message their spreading about marine conservation.  Once you’ve learned about our black-footed penguin friends, you’ll get to visit them in person at the Aquarium.

Program Title: Fish Inside and Out: A Combination of Art and Science
Program Description:  Join us as we explore fish anatomy in a fun, creative way!  Learn all about the internal and external anatomy of fish through the art of Japanese fish printing or gyotaku.  You'll leave with a souvenir fish print and a smile!

Program Title: Turtle Tracking Technology
Program Description: Discover how Mote's Sea Turtle Reserach Team tags and tracks sea turtles.  In this program you’ll learn about current tracking technologies and follow your own turtle on a migration journey from the Sarasota Bay.

Program Title: Mighty Manatee Research
Program Description: Mote's Manatee Research program is working to protect these mighty mammals by learning more about them, and you are invited to do the same!  Join us as we learn about manatees and what makes these gentle giants so unique.  Then, travel to the Goldstein Marine Mammal Center with us as we visit and observe our resident manatees, Hugh and Buffet.

 

Saturdays, 10:00 - 11:30 p.m.  Alternates between Kayaking, Exploring the Bay and Snorkeling.

Program Title: Kayaking
Program Description: Join us as we kayak through Sarasota Bay and discover the marine animals and plants that thrive in Florida's coastal waters.  You’ll learn how Mote’s scientists study this unique environment during our hour and a half leisurely paddle.  All kayaking equipment is provided and class begins with basic kayaking instruction.  Find out what to wear and bring.

Age: 11 years old through adult. Kids under 14 must attend class with an adult. Kids ages 14-18 may attend on their own, but must bring a notarized Medical Treatment Authorization form.
Member Price: $20 per person
Non-member Price: $24 per person

Program Title: Exploring the Bay
Program Description: Have you ever wanted to be a marine biologist?  Here’s your chance!  Explore Sarasota Bay just like a Mote scientist, collecting critters with the seine nets and dip nets.  Once you’ve gathered your catch, your findings will be identified and discussed.  You’ll leave knowing what you’ve been swimming with at the beach all along!  Find out what to wear and bring.

Member Price: $8 per person
Non-member Price:$10 per person

Program Title: Seagrass Snorkeling
Program Description: Visit the amazing world of Sarasota Bay's seagrass beds and encounter the animals that call this habitat home!  Mote will provide all gear but guests are welcome to bring their own snorkel, mask and fins.  Find out what to wear and bring.

Age: Elementary school (age 6) through adult. Kids under 14 must attend class with an adult. Kids ages 14-18 may attend on their own, but must bring a notarized Medical Treatment Authorization form.  We recommend that kids under the age of 6 join our Mommy and Me at Mote: Exploring the Bay.

 

Registration Guidelines

  1. Participants must be pre-registered by 5pm Monday for Tuesday afternoon programs and 5pm Friday for Saturday programs. 
  2. Programs are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and are subject to change or be canceled based on weather conditions. We do not provide refunds unless Mote cancels the program.
  3. A 3% processing fee will be added to each individual registration.  This charge applies to all registration methods (online or paper).

 

Kids ages 14-18 may attend on their own, but must bring a notarized Medical Treatment Authorization form.

Cancellation Policy:To ensure the safety of our participants, Kayaking and Exploring the Bay will be canceled in cases of inclement weather.  Participants will be notified of cancellations the day before the scheduled program.  If Mote Education cancels a program, you may choose to have your payment refunded or credited to a future program.

There are no refunds for Mote Education programs unless Mote cancels the program. If you provide notice of cancellation more than 24 hours before the program begins, we will credit your payment to a future Behind the Science program. If you cancel within 24 hours of the program or fail to show up without giving notice, you will be charged in full for the program.

Contact Information:

For any questions, please contact Gina Santoianni at 941.388.4441, ext. 514 or email gina@mote.org.