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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.

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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

Maritime Festival

Maritime Festival

ROV

ROV Competition

Film Festival

Film Festival

Summer Programs

Upcoming Events

Art & Artifacts

March 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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

Screenings at the Sanctuary: Great Lakes Now program to have ongoing showings at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

By |February 3rd, 2020|Categories: Film Festival|Tags: , |

by Great Lakes Now Visitors to the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center will be able to view new episodes of Great Lakes Now under a new partnership between the Detroit Public Television initiative and the [...]

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5th Annual Student Film Competition at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

By |January 30th, 2020|Categories: Event, Film Festival|Tags: |

The annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival Student Film Competition (TBIFF) challenged students in grades 8-12 to create a five-minute or less film on the theme: #GreatLakesAre. Out of 30+ entries, 13 films were selected [...]

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Thunder Bay International Film Festival Kicks off Sanctuary’s 20th Anniversary

By |January 20th, 2020|Categories: Event|Tags: , , |

ALPENA, MICH --The Thunder Bay International Film Festival kicks off the 20th anniversary year celebrating the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s (TBNMS) federal designation. TBNMS was officially designated in 2000 as the first freshwater marine [...]

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Glass Artists Donate Art to Raise Support

By |November 21st, 2019|Categories: Donation|Tags: , , , |

Glass Artists Donate Art to Raise Support for Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Alpena, Mich. -- When 45th Parallel Glass Works and Gallery owners Peggy and Augie Matuzak heard the Friends of Thunder [...]

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