About Shark Pups and Grownups at Mote in Sarasota, FL

We have become a vibrant, world-renowned marine research institution, recognized by our peers for our commitment to ocean exploration and conservation. At our institution, we recognize that the future of our oceans is inextricably linked to the future of our planet, and our research and education programs are focused on finding solutions to the most pressing challenges facing our oceans today. We strive to empower our children and future generations with the knowledge and skills they need to create a brighter future for the marine environment. Together, we will work to find the answers in the ocean that will help us protect and conserve it for generations to come.

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What kind of kids we support

  • Coed
  • Preschool
  • Kids
  • Tweens


  • Ocean

Programs at Shark Pups and Grownups at Mote in Sarasota, FL

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Outdoor Classes at Mote

Shark Pups & Grownups is an early childhood STEM program for kids ages 2 through 5 and their favorite adult. Each class includes: movement, science tool exploration, role play and games, plus immersive water time in the bay.

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Marine Explorers

Put on your captain’s hat and sail into a new season as we learn what it takes for scientists to study the ocean - floating at the surface on a boat, hovering underwater in SCUBA gear, or diving down deep in a yellow submarine!

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Shark Pups & Grownups At Home

Each home program includes: a Weekly Guide and Viewing Schedule to prepare and plan your week of STEM activities and a week of Activity Sheets, Experiment and Craft Guides, Game Printables (like scavenger hunts, memory, etc.) and private links to exclusive videos with our early childhood educators. You'll have a blast with our digital STEMventure collection, full of fun experiments and engaging activities designed by our early childhood educators!

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Location and contact information

1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL, 34236