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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

PROTECT WHAT YOU LOVE. BECOME A FRIEND.

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Upcoming Events

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October 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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

Americorps Positions Available

By |September 17th, 2018|Categories: Education|Tags: , |

Application Deadline September 28, 2018 Service time: January - October 2019 Location:  northeast Michigan, office located in Alpena, Michigan at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary visitor center. Available Positions: 1. Education Specialist with Thunder Bay [...]

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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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Annual Wooden Boat Raffles Kick Off This Weekend

By |June 14th, 2018|Categories: Boat Raffle|Tags: , , |

Over the past several years the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (TBNMS) has strived to raise funds for the sanctuary’s youth education programs and community outreach by raffling wooden boats made by local [...]

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