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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

17th Annual Thunder Bay Maritime Festival

By | June 28th, 2017|Categories: Event|Tags: , , |

Join Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary for a star-spangled celebration at the Thunder Bay Maritime Festival on the 4th of July in Alpena, Michigan.  To commemorate America’s birthday and Thunder Bay’s rich maritime heritage, the [...]

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$200,000 from Besser Foundation

By | May 25th, 2017|Categories: Awarded Grants|Tags: , , |

Alpena, Mich. – Thanks to support from the Besser Foundation, Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is expanding education and economic development opportunities in the Alpena area. The Besser Foundation board of directors recently [...]

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