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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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“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

Winter Layups Await for Spring

By | February 20th, 2018|Categories: History, Shipwrecks|Tags: , , , |

Historically, the Gales of November have long been known for ushering in long, cold winters throughout northern Michigan. When lake conditions became too hazardous for ships to travel, or when ice began blocking entrances to [...]

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Thank You for Making Sixth Annual Film Festival a Record Breaker!

By | February 18th, 2018|Categories: Event, Film Festival|Tags: , , |

Thanks to you -- our sponsors, ticket holders, aspiring student and professional filmmakers, and volunteers -- the Thunder Bay International Film Festival (TBIFF) sold out for three consecutive nights! Collectively, from Rogers City to Harrisville [...]

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2018 Sanctuary Lecture & Cinema Series Kicks Off

By | February 18th, 2018|Categories: Event|Tags: , , , |

Photo Above: The Bow Man, believed to represent a hunter, is the most well-known of the Sanilac Petroglyphs, rock carvings etched into a sandstone outcrop The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the Friends of [...]

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