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SPECIAL: Wild About Watersheds with Mote

from Mote Marine Laboratory - SEA Trek

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Go on a virtual field trip focusing on water habitats, water quality, and methods of scientific research in estuarine environments. Using recorded videos and live science demonstrations, our educator will guide you through an exploration of estuarine habitats, introduce local plants and animals, explain the importance of estuaries, and share Mote’s research programs. FREE companion kits are available that include pre/post materials that will activate thinking, encourage engagement, assess comprehension, and extend learning beyond the field trip.

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About This Program


By Request: $0.00


FREE for all Sarasota County 5th grade classes. Our thanks to the Southwest Florida Water Management District for making this possible.

All others, Up to 60 min, $160

Our EdExploreSRQ listings are eligible for funding from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, as well as the Education Foundation of Sarasota County:

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up to 60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

STEM, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

Microsoft Teams

Booking Information

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Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

Cancellations should be made at least 24 hours prior to your confirmed lesson date to avoid billing. You may connect with us up to 10 minutes prior to your scheduled start time to ensure the quality of the connection. However, you must connect with us no later than 15 minutes after your start time to avoid cancellation and billing. Lesson fees will not be waived due to technical problems unless reliably traced to a malfunction on our end. You may schedule a separate, free Tech Check prior to your lesson to ensure the quality of your connection.

About This Provider

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Mote Marine Laboratory - SEA Trek

Sarasota, FL
United States

Mote Marine Laboratory is a world-class, nonprofit, marine research institution located in Sarasota, FL. We provide informal science education to pre-K children through adults, aligning with state and national education standards with a focus on marine research themes through exciting, interactive lessons and authentic research experiences.

Mote Aquarium is proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and has met rigorous, professional standards for animal care, wildlife conservation and research, education and more.

Our virtual field trips are an exciting way to engage your learners with STEM topics. Dive into our aquarium and chat with a shark trainer. Or explore the Florida Keys and make observations like a real coral reef scientist. Lessons are available up to 30 or 60 minutes in length for PreK-12th + Lifelong Learners.

Jason Robertshaw
(941) 388-2904

Program Details


1. Welcome to Mote - Introduction
2. Water, water, everywhere
- Where does our water come from? What is a watershed?
- What are estuaries? Where are they located?
- Why are estuaries important?
3. Watery Homes
- What types of habitats are found in estuaries?
- What plants and animals call estuaries home?
- Discuss animal adaptations
4. Mote’s Water Works
- How do Mote scientists study estuaries?
- Population studies with science demonstration and field observations


The participant will:
- learn about types of estuarine habitats
- gain understanding of the importance of estuaries
- observe estuarine animals & discuss their unique adaptations
- learn various methods used to study water quality
- learn about Mote research initiatives

Standards Alignment

State Standards

SC.5.N.2.1, SC.5.L.17.1