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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

ROV Open House

July 20 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

ROV Open House

July 24 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Nautilus Live!

July 24 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 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

2019 MATE ROV Competition: The Results Are In!

By |May 13th, 2019|Categories: MATE ROV Competition|Tags: , |

First Place Ranger Class Underwater Research Robots (UR2) Alpena High School, Alpena, MI First Place Navigator Class RC ROV Rogers City Schools, Rogers City, MI First Place Scout Class Educational Robotics [...]

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2019 MATE ROV Great Lakes Regional Competition

By |May 11th, 2019|Categories: Education, MATE ROV Competition|Tags: , , |

MEDIA ADVISORY MATE ROV Great Lakes Regional Competition helps students learn importance and application of underwater technology May 10, 2019 — MATE Great Lakes Regional ROV Competition is challenging local students to create an underwater [...]

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Tribute to U.S. Senator Hollings

By |April 11th, 2019|Categories: Awarded Grants, Education, Management|

Remembering a NOAA Champion for Protecting Coastal and Ocean Special Places Senator Ernest “Fritz” Hollings Played Lead Role in Establishing NOAA as Federal Agency As a recent recipient of the Ernest F. Hollings Ocean [...]

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