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WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN?

If you love the Great Lakes, join the Friends! Dedicated to sustaining the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s fresh waters and nationally significant collection of more than 200 shipwrecks, the Friends of TBNMS needs your help! Join us in supporting a dynamic range of education, community outreach, and research activities focused on protecting the Great Lakes.

GET INTO YOUR SANCTUARY

Explore the many ways to experience Great Lakes shipwrecks, lighthouses, fossil beds, and more.

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EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Discover fascinating learning opportunities about marine science, technology, and archaeology for all ages here.

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KNOW YOUR SANCTUARY

Dive deeper to learn about the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s underwater shipwreck museum.

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Thunder Bay’s Signature Events

Summer Programs

Cinema Series

Cinema Series

Lecture Series

Lecture Series

Maritime Festival

Maritime Festival

ROV

ROV Competition

Film Festival

Film Festival

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Upcoming Events

The Rouse Simmons, the Christmas Tree Ship

December 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Free Family Film Matinees

December 22 - December 30

Underwater Robotics 101 drop-in: ROV-in-a-Box

December 22 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Underwater Robotics 101 drop-in: ROV-in-a-Box

December 23 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Underwater Robotics 101 drop-in: ROV-in-a-Box

December 26 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Underwater Robotics 101 drop-in: ROV-in-a-Box

December 27 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

“Great experience! Highly recommend it!”

Diana Bergen Thornburg

“What an incredible blessing to this town! Always love this place and the beautiful sincere staff. Thank you!!!”

Tim Hauff

“It was a blast! Captain Spencer and crew were very fun and informative about some of northern Michigan’s history.”

Trevor Hoon

Whats Happening at Thunder Bay

Giving Tuesday – Your Chance to Give Back!

By |November 21st, 2018|Categories: Event|Tags: , , |

On Tuesday, November 27, you can be a part of a world day of giving by making an online donation. Donate Now The Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary hopes you will help [...]

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Congratulations to Winners of the 2018 Wooden Boat and Paddle Boat Raffle

By |October 31st, 2018|Categories: Boat Raffle|Tags: |

ALPENA, Mich.—Winners from near and far gathered at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Downtown Alpena to receive their raffle winnings. Jodene Compton of Presque Isle, Mich., won the wooden Chesapeake Light Craft Eastport [...]

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Lappan Agency is Platinum Sponsorship of Thunder Bay Maritime Festival

By |June 14th, 2018|Categories: Maritime Festival|Tags: , , , |

Tom Lappan, President and Co-owner of the Lappan Agency, Inc., presented the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (TBNMS) a check for $4,000 as Platinum Sponsor of the 18th Annual Thunder Bay Maritime Festival.  [...]

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