Marine science educators at Sarasota's Mote Marine Laboratory will bring ocean education to patients at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg through a live videoconference program on Monday afternoon, April 30.
Media are invited to attend. This program is NOT open to the public.
This program tops off a special visit by Mote's "Discovery Reef" - a hands-on traveling exhibit with a videoconference screen that has featured live programs about sea turtles, sharks and coral reefs for All Children's patients this month.
The April 30 program will reveal how Mote rescues, rehabilitates and releases sick and injured dolphins, whales and sea turtles, providing long-term care for animals that cannot be released.
All Children's patients will be able to ask questions and get answers through Mote's live videoconference screen. Patients who stay in their rooms will be able to tune in through a closed-circuit TV system and have the opportunity to ask questions by phone during the program.
"We're delighted to bring this program to All Children's Hospital - every kid should have the chance to learn about the sea, even when they aren't able to visit the ocean or come see the marine life at Mote," said Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski, SeaTrek Coordinator and Educator at Mote.
This special visit of "Discovery Reef" and its programs were donated by Mote to support ocean education at All Children's.
"Discovery Reef" and other exhibits by Mote's SeaTrek program are available for a fee to museums, libraries and other venues in the U.S. and beyond. This unique model for a traveling exhibit is the first to incorporate live interaction with experts hundreds of miles away. Mote's videoconference programs recently earned a third Pinnacle Award from the nonprofit Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration. The award honors videoconferencing programs rated highest by teachers.
Learn more about Mote's SeaTrek exhibits and learn how to reserve one for your museum, library or other venue at www.mote.org/seatrek
Learn more about Mote's education programs for all ages at www.mote.org/education
About All Children's Hospital
Children are the sole focus of All Children's Hospital and its new, million-square-foot St. Petersburg, Fla. campus devoted to pediatric specialty care. The 10-story All Children's Hospital and its adjacent Outpatient Care Center (dedicated in January 2010) replace an existing 42-year-old facility just two blocks away.
All Children's Hospital is a proud member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. All Children's is the only U.S. hospital outside of the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. metroplex to achieve that distinction. It is also the only hospital on Florida's West Coast totally devoted to children's care - a leader in pediatric treatment, education, research and advocacy. As a regional referral center for children with some of the most challenging medical problems, All Children's draws patients from throughout Florida, all 50 states and 36 foreign countries. The mission of this private, not-for-profit hospital is rooted in its beginnings in 1926 as Florida's first Crippled Children's Hospital for polio victims. All Children's understands that it's not enough to treat disease - that true progress comes from teaching and research to cure disease. All Children's shares its pediatric expertise through research and education affiliations with 70 different institutions including Johns Hopkins Medicine, the University of South Florida (USF Health) as well as Moffitt Cancer Center, an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.
About Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
Founded in 1955, Mote Marine Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)3 research organization based in Sarasota, Fla., with field stations in eastern Sarasota County, Charlotte Harbor and the Florida Keys. Donations to Mote are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Mote is dedicated to today's research for tomorrow's oceans with an emphasis on world-class research relevant to conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity, healthy habitats and natural resources. Research programs include studies of human cancer using marine models, the effects of man-made and natural toxins on humans and on the environment, the health of wild fisheries, developing sustainable and successful fish restocking techniques and food production technologies and the development of ocean technology to help us better understand the health of the environment. Mote research programs also focus on understanding the population dynamics of manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks and coral reefs and on conservation and restoration efforts related to these species and ecosystems. Mote's vision includes positively impacting public policy through science-based outreach and education. Showcasing this research is Mote Aquarium, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 365 days a year. Learn more at www.mote.org