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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

Film Festival

Film Festival

ROV

ROV Competition

Maritime Festival

Maritime Festival

PROTECT WHAT YOU LOVE. BECOME A FRIEND.

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Upcoming Events

International Film Festival

January 24, 2018 - January 28, 2018

Battle of the Paddles

July 3, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Maritime Festival

July 4, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 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, 2017|Categories: Event|Tags: , , |

On Tuesday, November 28, 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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Penobscot 14 Raffle Winner

By | October 13th, 2017|Categories: Boat Raffle|Tags: , , |

Winner of Locally Built, Handcrafted Wooden Classic Boat from Scottville, Michigan The Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary announced the winner of the Penobscot 14 handcrafted, classic wooden boat that was built by the [...]

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Superintendent’s Statement

By | September 1st, 2017|Categories: Research|Tags: , , |

Two historic Great Lakes shipwrecks discovered in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary NOAA maritime archaeologists and partners have located and identified two previously undiscovered historic shipwrecks in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The shipwrecks [...]

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