TOUR: Manatee Habitat (outdoors)

by  Mote Marine Laboratory - SEA Trek

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Find out the favorite foods of Hugh and Buffett, our resident manatees, as we visit them during feeding time. We use our portable distance learning studio to get you up close from atop our 75,000 gallon habitat. This tour is focused on manatee husbandry at Mote. You talk with our aquarium biologist and learn about these amazing marine mammals. We review the history of manatee research at Mote then watch them get fed. We end with a Question and Answer session with our Ocean Experts.

The best time to schedule this tour is on Wednesdays or Fridays, between 9:00 am–9:30 am ET or 11:00–11:30 am ET. Please make your requests at least three weeks in advance.

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About This Program


By Request: $200.00
By Request Premium: $180.00

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Up to 30 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod Other Public Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

Career Education, Professional Development, Sciences, STEM

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

Booking Information

The best times for tours are Wednesdays or Fridays, between 9:00 am–9:30 am ET or 11:00–11:30 am ET. This tour takes place outdoors and may vary due to weather or veterinary priorities and is subject to change. We will provide as much notice as possible about any changes. We will make every effort to deliver the segments as described but may use a combination of live and recorded video when required. Please make your requests at least three weeks in advance.

Sorry, this program is not currently available. To inquire about future availability, please contact Mote Marine Laboratory - SEA Trek

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

You may reschedule a lesson once per request at no charge for any reason by emailing seatrek@mote.org or calling 941-388-2904. Please let us know at least 48 hours prior to your lesson date. Fees will be waived due to technical problems only if they are 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 here: https://www.cilc.org/ContentProvider/Program.aspx?id=7743

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.

For lessons with a fee, an invoice will be sent to you after we confirm your requests. Requests for lessons are an obligation for payment. Checks should be made out to Mote Marine Laboratory, Inc.

Please send payment to:
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, Florida 34236

Payment is due within 30 days of delivery of lessons. There will be a 5% interest charge per month on late invoices. Late payment may affect our ability to offer you connections in the future. If your organization cannot pay by check, please email us at educate@mote.org to arrange payment via credit card. All credit card transactions are subject to a base fee of $3.50 + 2.9% of your payment amount. This processing fee is non-refundable and is in addition to your program fees.

Billing Questions: please contact Lauren Markham, Operations & Administration Manager (educate@mote.org, 941-388-4441;348).

There is a convenience fee for calls that require rental of a H.323/SIP Room Connector. Weekend and after hours (5 pm ET) requests are available for an additional fee.

About This Provider

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Mote Marine Laboratory - SEA Trek

Sarasota, FL
United States

Experience the wonders of the ocean from the comfort of your own classroom with Mote Marine Laboratory's Virtual Field Trips! As a world-class, AZA-accredited nonprofit marine research institution, we bring the excitement of authentic research and hands-on learning to you. From chatting with a shark trainer in our stunning aquarium, to exploring the Florida Keys and observing coral reefs like a real scientist, our virtual lessons are designed to engage and inspire your students. Aligned with state and national education standards, our lessons range from 30 to 60 minutes and provide a unique and thrilling way to dive into STEM topics. Join us on a virtual adventure and unlock the mysteries of the ocean!

Jason Robertshaw
(941) 388-2904

Program Details


This is a typical format for this program. Timing may vary.
8:50 - Standby. A/V checks.
9:00 - Start. Meet our manatees
9:10 - Manatee research and husbandry at Mote.
9:20 - Demonstration of manatee care and feeding by aquarium biologists
9:25 - Open Q&A with our experts
9:30 - Wrap up


Participants will watch a manatee care and feeding session; learn about the history of manatee research at Mote; identify reasons for training manatees and other animals in human care; develop an appreciation for marine mammals and their important ecological roles; compare up to three stewardship actions they can take to help ocean conservation.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

ESS3C 3-5 -- Human impacts on Earth systems
ESS3C 6-8 -- Human impacts on Earth systems
ESS3C 9-12 -- Human impacts on Earth systems
LS2A 3-5 -- Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
LS2A 6-8 -- Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
LS2A 9-12 -- Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
LS2B 3-5 -- Cycles of matter and engergy transfer in ecosystems
LS2B 6-8 -- Cycles of matter and engergy transfer in ecosystems
LS2B 9-12 -- Cycles of matter and engergy transfer in ecosystems
LS4C 3-5 -- Adaptation
LS4C 6-8 -- Adaptation
LS4C 9-12 -- Adaptation
LS4D 3-5 -- Biodiversity and humans
LS4D 6-8 -- Biodiversity and humans
LS4D 9-12 -- Biodiversity and humansNA