Sat, Nov 17 & Sun, Nov 18, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Mote Marine Laboratory will have six exhibits at Englewood Beach WaterFest on November 17 & 18, 2018 in the new Family Conservation Center sponsored by the Ron & Matt Smith Agency of State Farm Insurance. The exhibits are:

  • FIN-TASTIC FRIENDS – Learn the truth about the often misunderstood sharks and rays and about Mote’s current research to discover more about these amazing animals.

  • FLORIDA WATERSHEDS – What kinds of native animals live in your backyard? Learn about some of our remarkable native residents such as gators, birds and river otters. Discover what is harming our local watersheds and what you can do to protect them.

  • MARINE CSI – Learn about Mote’s team of experts who investigate animal standings. Compare a dolphin and manatee skull, feel real dolphin bones and see if you can learn how to solve the case.

  • SPINELESS SEA – What do a sea star, a whelk, a horseshoe crab and a squid have in common? Learn some of the weird and wacky adaptations of the spineless sea, and how to protect them and help keep them in the ocean where they belong.

  • TURTELY TURLTES – How many kinds of sea turtles are there? How long do sea turtles really live? Learn the answers to these questions, feel a turtle skull and shell and even take a peak inside a replica sea turtle nest.

  • RADICAL REEFS – Are corals plants, animals or minerals? Learn about these fascinating ecosystems and the important work Mote scientists are doing to study, protect and restore our planet’s coral reefs.

Also scheduled to exhibit in addition to Mote:

  • Shark Brothers (Saturday, November 17 only)

  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

  • Peace River Wildlife Club with Luna the Owl

  • Lemon Bay High Marine Conservation Club

  • E.Y.E. on Nature Book Reading

  • Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau

  • Tropical Seas Reef Safe Sunscreen

  • Barrier Island State Park Society

  • Friends of Stump Pass

  • Wildlife Center of Venice

More to be announced soon.

Other Children’s Activities scheduled:

  • Bean Bag Toss

  • Ring Toss

  • Face Painting

  • Treasure Dig

  • Model Turtle Adoption

  • Photo Booth

  • Float Your Boat

  • Boat Racing

Expand your family’s marine life education and conservation efforts. Bring the whole family to The Family Conservation Center at Englewood Beach during the Englewood Beach Waterfest, Nov. 17 & 18th, 2018.

Watch the Family Conservation Center Facebook event for more information as it becomes available!