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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

Shark Days

April 5 - April 6

Battle of the Paddles

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

Maritime Festival

July 4 @ 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

Cool Puzzles and More at the Sanctuary Store

By | February 21st, 2018|Categories: Sanctuary Store|Tags: , |

Did you know that Americans enjoy jigsaw puzzles more than any other table game? Jigsaw puzzles are a great way to spend time with friends and family, and enjoy cold winter days before the warmer [...]

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View from the Bay

By | February 21st, 2018|Categories: Superintendent|Tags: |

Dear Friends, Lights, Camera…Take Action! Last month we celebrated the 6th Annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival (TBIFF). Our team is grateful for all of our dedicated partners, generous sponsors, passionate volunteers, and enthusiastic fans that made the festival [...]

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‘Sanctuaries Are’ Student Film Competition Winners

By | February 20th, 2018|Categories: Event|Tags: , |

Encouraging students to explore and connect with the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the variety of ecosystems throughout northeast Michigan has resulted in a long-term partnership with the Thunder Bay International Film Festival and [...]

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