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Oceans, aquakids, and sea sleuths for summer camp fun

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June has arrived, and if you are fortunate enough to live near the ocean or near to an aquarium, summer is the perfect time to learn about the ocean, our environment, and how we can help the ocean and its creatures. Sarasota is fortunate to have the Mote Marine Laboratory in the community. Mote Marine Laboratory will offer one event to celebrate World Oceans day on June 7, and also summer camp sessions for families and children to learn more about the ocean.

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World Oceans Day Family Festival will be held at Mote Marine Laboratory on June 7 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Games, crafts, and educational activities will put the spotlight on green living to protect our oceans. Mote and other organizations will present ideas for marine conservation and marine science. The celebration of World Oceans Day is free with regular admission to the aquarium and Mote Marine Laboratory. The Mote Marine Laboratory is located at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway in Sarasota. You may log on at www.mote.org/visit to learn more about this special educational organization.

Mote Marine Laboratory will also host summer camp experiences for children in June. Mote's Aquakids Camp for children in grades 1-4 will be offered June 9-13 and June 23-27 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Children will learn the answers to questions about ocean creatures with fins, flippers, and creatures that actually have feet. Hands-on activities, science experiments to learn about the ocean, games, and crafts will all be part of this camp experience. Children will also have the opportunity to snorkle and go on a boat trip around Sarasota Bay. The cost for this summer camp experience is $239 for members of Mote, and $259 for non-members. Children must have swimming skills.

Mote Marine will offer another summer camp experience for children in grades 5-8 during the week of June 9-13 and June 23-27 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sea Sleuths summer camp experience will center around the new exhibit "Survivors: Beautiful and Extreme Adaptations". Children will participate in activities to learn about the many ways that ocean creatures adapt to their ocean life. Summer camp participants in Sea Sleuths will also enjoy the aquarium and a boat trip around Sarasota Bay. Cost for this camp is $239 for members of Mote and $259 for non-members. Children must have swimming ability. Parents may call 941-338-4441, ext. 348 to register for these summer camp experiences at Mote Marine Laboratory.

Add the ocean and its amazing inhabitants to your child's summer camp experience this year. Learning about the ocean will encourage interest in our environment.

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