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[STUDIO] Shell-ebrate invertebrates with a deep dive into the world of mollusks. From the succulent suckers of squids to the mesmerizing trails of slimy snails, marvel at their many amazing adaptations. Learn what vital role they've played throughout history and why the second largest group of invertebrates on earth now faces an uncertain future. Includes an optional squid dissection demonstration.

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"I thought this was a great introduction to mollusks for my students. I love these programs! I think the students like them as they are outside of what we normally do in class and they get to ask questions."
– High School Teacher, Granville, NY

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About This Program


By Request: $180.00
By Request Premium: $162.00

Programming available 9:00 am–5:00 pm ET. Weekend and after hours (5 pm ET) requests are available for an additional fee. There is a convenience fee for calls that require rental of a H.323/SIP Room Connector.

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

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35–55 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 PodPublic Library: Library Patrons

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

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

Provider's Cancellation Policy

Programming available 9:00 am–5:00 pm ET. Weekend and after hours (5 pm ET) requests are available for an additional fee. There is a convenience fee for calls that require rental of a H.323/SIP Room Connector.

Effective 8/15/2023, the following policies apply to ALL Mote Outreach (Classroom, Auditorium, Science Talks, Exploration Stations) and SEA Trek programs: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hP-jZjauyF4uEDxjuMom3OajUwayUCzDPjLA58FKCR4/edit?usp=sharing

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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


    In this interactive virtual lesson, participants will speak with Mote's ocean experts on the topic of mollusk diversity, research, and conservation.
  1. Introduction and prior knowledge
  2. Mollusk adaptations
  3. Mollusk diversity
    - Optional squid dissection demonstration
  4. Mollusk ecology and economics
  5. Mollusk research and conservation
  6. Questions and answers


Understanding Mollusk Diversity and Adaptations – Students will be able to categorize and describe different types of mollusks, including their various adaptations. They will understand the differences between the major classes of the phylum Mollusca. Through interactive activities and discussions, students will explore how these adaptations contribute to mollusks' survival in their environments.

  • OPTIONAL – Provide a practical experience for students to observe squid anatomy though a guided virtual dissection.

Investigate Mollusk Behavior and Ecology –Through observation and inquiry, students will investigate the behaviors of mollusks, including their feeding habits and ecological roles within marine ecosystems. By examining the interactions between mollusks and their environment, students will understand the vital role they play in maintaining a balanced oceanic ecosystem.

Examine Misconceptions and Conservation Efforts – Students will analyze the role and relationship of mollusks to people and their economic significance throughout human history. They will develop the ability to ask informed questions and seek answers about the complex relationships between mollusks, humans, and their habitats. They will develop an appreciation of the value of invertebrates and understand the importance of stewardship to help with their conservation.