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Sanctuary Offices & Visitor Center Closed to the Public

For the health and safety of our guests, volunteers, and employees, and as a precautionary measure to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the offices and visitor center will be closed to the public until further notice. We will continue to reassess the situation. We understand this closure is an inconvenience for visitors, and we apologize. Our top priority is the health of our guests who come to learn about Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and the National Marine Sanctuary System, as well as the staff and volunteers who support our visitor center. If you have further questions about the closure and TBNMS, please call 989-884-6200

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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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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PROTECT WHAT YOU LOVE. BECOME A FRIEND.

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Thunder Bay’s Signature Events

Maritime Festival

Maritime Festival

ROV

ROV Competition

Film Festival

Film Festival

Summer Programs

“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

Upcoming Events

Battle of the Paddles

July 3 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Maritime Festival

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

Cardboard Boat Regatta

July 4 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Whats Happening at Thunder Bay

NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and Thunder Bay Honor Al Moe as Volunteer of the Year

By |March 26th, 2021|Categories: Sanctuary Advisory Council|Tags: |

ALPENA, MICH. – Each year NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) partners with the 14 sanctuaries across the country to recognize “extraordinary people who take time out of their lives for the betterment of [...]

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Michigan Humanities CARES Act Grant Helps Support Friends of Thunder Bay Staffing

By |November 1st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

ALPENA, Mich.-- The Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary extends gratitude to the Michigan Humanities Council, in affiliation with the National Endowment for the Humanities, for a CARES Act grant of $7,500 to support [...]

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Lake Huron Forever Initiative Awards $50,000 to Support Great Lakes Health

By |October 26th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 23, 2020 Contact: Colby Chilcote, Marketing Director, Huron Pines, (989) 370-6857, colby@huronpines.org   Lake Huron Forever Initiative Awards $50,000 to Support Great Lakes Health Partners in Michigan and Ontario Receive Funding [...]

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Thunder Bay Maritime Festival Events Cancelled

By |May 5th, 2020|Categories: Event, Maritime Festival|Tags: |

May 5, 2020 CONTACT: Katie Wolf T: 989-277-3543 E: kwolf@thunderbayfriends.org Thunder Bay Maritime Festival Events Cancelled for July 3rd and 4th Due to Community Health Concerns ALPENA, MICH. – After carefully assessing the Centers for [...]

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