Mote Science Cafe in the Charlotte Harbor Area

Date: Thursday, March 14th

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: River City Grill: The Tavern, 131 West Marion Ave., Punta Gorda

RSVP: Please contact Rachael Kraemer at: 941-205-3970, ext. 103 or

Mote Marine Laboratory’s Science Café in Charlotte Harbor brings together marine scientists and local audiences for a discussion about current Mote research and how it relates to the community.  This upcoming Science Café is entitled “The Culture of the Silver King: A discussion about the past, present and future of Charlotte Harbor’s tarpon fishery.”  The evening’s conversation will be led by Dr. Aaron Adams, Senior Scientist with Charlotte Harbor’s Fisheries Habitat Ecology Program, and Sean and Brooks Paxton, the “Shark Brothers” of Think Out Loud Productions.  Event is for college age and older. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information, please visit


Mote Lecture Series in Punta Gorda

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda

RSVP: Please contact Rachael Kraemer at 941-205-3970, ext. 103 or

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Upcoming lectures:

  • April 5: “Snook on Spawning Grounds of Charlotte Harbor, FL: a multi-year perspective “ with Dr. Jim Locascio, post-doctoral scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory
  • April 11: “Dolphin Research in Charlotte Harbor and Pine Island Sound:  What have we learned from long-term studies?” with Kim Bassos-Hull, Senior Biologist with the Dolphin Research Program
  • April 17:  “Ridley Riddles Unravel in Florida” with Dr. Tony Tucker, manager of Mote’s Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program
  • April 24:  “Sharks of Charlotte Harbor” with Dr. Robert Hueter, Associate Vice President for research in Mote’s Directorate of Marine Biology and Conservation
  • April 29: “Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding Response 101” with Gretchen Lovewell, manager of Mote’s Stranding Investigations Program
  • May 9: “Florida Red Tide” with Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick, manager of Mote’s Environmental Health Program

Mote Marine Laboratory will offer the Florida Master Naturalist Freshwater Wetlands Module on Saturdays, beginning March 23 through April 27, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.



The objective of the Florida Master Naturalist Program is to prepare persons to share their knowledge with others, to act in a positive manner, to help others feel a greater connection to the land/sea and to help others to develop their own personal environmental ethics. Information on the ecology of Florida’s systems is an integral part of the program, but we do not attempt to create experts in botany, herpetology, or any other discipline. Rather, we hope to initiate what is for many a life-long process of learning, of observation, and of sharing with others. Florida Master Naturalist Program students will increase their knowledge of Florida’s natural systems, of the plants and animals that depend upon those systems, and of the role of humankind in shaping our past, of determining our future, and as stewards of the land.

Freshwater Wetlands Module Overview

Through classroom, field trip, and practical experience, this Module provides instruction on the general ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of Freshwater Wetlands in Florida – Marshes, Swamps, and Permanent Wetlands (Lakes, Rivers, Springs, and Streams). The program also addresses society’s role in wetlands, develops naturalist interpretation skills, and discusses environmental ethics.

The total training consists of 40 contact hours. Classroom learning includes four instructional videos and 12 presentations.


There are 25 spaces available for this module. All students are required to register in advance online at the FMNP web site: Registration closes on March 18. On-site registration is not allowed.

  • FMNP Scholarships: Some organizations offer scholarships to attend FMNP classes. For information on these opportunities, please contact these organization directly. Opportunities are posted year-round on this FMNP webpage.

Student Requirements

FMNP students include anyone over the age of 18 interested in learning more about Florida’s environment. The only other requirements of students are enthusiasm, attendance, and completion of group final projects. Those who benefit include environmental educators, natural resource managers, volunteers, eco-tour guides, teachers and anyone wishing to expand their knowledge of Florida’s natural world. Professionals and teachers have obtained CEUs and in-service credit.

Attendance: To successfully complete an FMNP course, students must not miss more than one classroom presentation and one field trip. The names of students who successfully complete FMNP training will be maintained in a University of Florida/IFAS database. The honor roll of students who have attained Florida Master Naturalist certification are also published on the FMNP website for public view.

Mote Programs in Charlotte Harbor

Special Lecture: Mote Marine Laboratory — Past, Present and Future. Discover how Mote got its start on Charlotte Harbor’s coast during a free special lecture Thursday in Punta Gorda — the first of Mote’s brand new education programs in Charlotte County. Dr. Michael Crosby, Senior Vice President for Research at Mote, will share how Mote was founded in 1955 as a one-room lab in Placida and will reveal the latest developments at the Lab, now a world-class marine research institution based in Sarasota and hosting exciting new programs in its original home, Charlotte Harbor.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: PGI Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda, FL  33950
RSVP:  Rachael Kraemer at 941-205-3970, ext. 103

Science Café: Go Fish!  A Discussion About How Dolphins and Humans Hunt for Fish. “Go fish” is much more than a game for devoted anglers and for dolphins catching prey. Learn about the skills needed to make the catch from Kim Hull, Senior Biologist in the Dolphin Research Program at Mote, and from Charlotte Harbor angler Josh Olive, Publisher of WaterLine Weekly Magazine. This Science Café allows guests to join the discussion. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Date: January 30, 2013
Doors Open at 6:00 pm

Science Cafe starts at 6:30 pm
Location: Laishley Crab House, 150 East Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL  33950
RSVP:  Rachael Kraemer at 941-205-3970, ext. 103


FREE Interactive ProgramsScholarships from Mosaic

Mote Marine Laboratory received funding from the Mosaic Company Foundation for the enhancement and delivery of award-winning SeaTrek Interactive Programs to regional classrooms to compliment and enhance their existing STEM curriculum. The funds will provide SeaTrek program scholarships to schools in Manatee, Sarasota, Hardee, DeSoto, Charlotte, Lee, Polk and Hillsborough counties.

Educator Evening at Mote Marine Laboratory

Teachers and school officials are invited to join us for an evening on the water’s edge and take a closer look.Date: Wed., February 6, 2013
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Location:  The Aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FLRSVP Now

Mote Science Café – Monday, December 10, 2012

by Dana 2012/12/03 Regional Reports

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FMSEA Regional Outing – Saturday, December 15, 2012

by Dana 2012/11/30 Regional Reports

Join us on Saturday, December 15th from 9am – 1pm at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL for some FMSEA fun! Activities include kayaking, field sampling and a look at Mote’s winter guests, sea lions. RSVP required for all participants. Space is limited, sign up before December 10th. Where: Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. 1600 […]

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Join the Coastal Cleanup!

by Dana 2012/09/15 Regional Reports

Happy International Coastal Cleanup Month! I hope you’re finding some great events to participate in. If you haven’t yet, here are some more going on in the Southwest Region…. 4th Annual Monofilament Cleanup Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012 Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm Location: Sarasota Sailing Squadron Sign up at Sarasota Bay Watch. National […]

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Southwest Regional Update – August 2012

by Dana 2012/08/22 Regional Reports

Greetings FMSEA Southwest Region! I hope this update finds you recharged and ready to take on another school year!  Read on for information about events in our region and be sure to check out the details of our SW Regional Member Contest.  Please contact me if you have any questions or event updates.  Have a […]

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Florida Master Naturalist Program

by Dana 2012/06/03 Regional Reports

Coastal Habitats Module Now at Mote Marine Laboratory! Mote Marine Laboratory will offer the Florida Master Naturalist Coastal Habitats Module on Saturdays, beginning September 22 through October 27, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Visit Mote’s website for course schedule, student requirements and scholarship opportunities. Overview: Through classroom, field trip, and practical experience, this Module provides instruction on the general […]

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Mote Science Café

by Dana 2012/06/01 Regional Reports

Brown Bags to Beggar the Dolphin Bad eating habits and poor nutrition are an issue with America’s youth…and Sarasota Bay dolphins? Join the discussion about nutrition in humans and dolphins – including a local dolphin named “Beggar” whose story reveals why feeding wild dolphins is harmful – from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7 […]

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