Create living pieces of paradise by learning from the world’s leading scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory. Using a Mote pioneered technique called microfragmentation and reskinning, guests will learn how to cut coral on land, using a small jewelry diamond-bladed saw, creating small fragments. Guests will mount fragments on ceramic pedestals that will be returned to grow in the land-based nursery until the proper size to outplant. During this experience, guests will learn about endangered species of coral that are important to Florida’s Coral Reef, and microfragment coral that will eventually be planted on nearby reefs as soon as they grow to the perfect size within the on-site coral nursery. Guests will also get an up-close view and tour of Mote’s land-based satellite nursery and learn about various research happening by Mote scientists to ensure genetic diversity and resiliency-focused strategies that make up Mote’s science-based, innovative and unique restoration approach for Florida’s Coral Reef. Registration closes two days prior to the tour date. We require a minimum of 2 guests to operate this program. If we do not meet our registration requirements, we will cancel the program and issue a full refund. Minimum age to participate is 10 years old at time of registration. All participants ages 10-17 MUST be accompanied by a paid adult participant. Your registration email will contain additional important information such as meeting time (15 minutes before paddle) and location, along with what to wear and bring, and additional important information. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive this confirmation email within 2 hours of completing your purchase.