Mote Marine’s “Toys for Tours’ supports the annual Toys for Tots drive, which distributed more than 6,000 toys to children in the community last year. CONTRIBUTED

Mote Marine Laboratory is once again teaming up with local Toys for Tots organizers to help give back this holiday season.  

Last year, with the help from the community, Mote donated dozens of toys from its inaugural “Toys for Tours” event. Over 6,000 toys were distributed to nearly 2,000 children in the community by local Toys for Tots organizers in 2021.

This year, Mote is hosting this event at all three of its  land-based nursery locations in Summerland Key, Islamorada and Key Largo.  When you bring a new, unwrapped toy to one of the locations during designated dates/times, you will receive an exclusive behind the scenes tour in return. Tours will start at the top of each hour during the designated times at each location and are free to the public (with a toy). The dates and times are as follows:

• Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Mote’s Islamorada Coral Nursery at Bud n’ Mary’s Marina (79851 Overseas Highway) from 2 to 6 p.m.

• Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Mote’s Key Largo Nursery at Reefhouse Resort and Marina (103800 Overseas Highway)  from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Thursday, Dec. 1 at Mote’s Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration in Summerland Key (24244 Overseas Hwy) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

This is a way to see science-based coral restoration from the world’s leading scientists and give back to the community at the same time. Toys for Tours is a family-friendly event and the entire community is invited to attend at the location closest to them.