Inner Space to Outer Space: Great Lakes’ Contribution to Space Exploration & Research

Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center 500 West Fletcher Street, Alpena, MI, United States

Presented by State of Michigan Maritime Archaeologist Wayne Lusardi, he will highlight an assortment of objects, both human-made and natural, that have fallen from space into the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes have served as a training ground throughout the history of aviation. Nineteenth-century balloon ascensions, early military and civilian aircraft development, [...]

Art & Artifacts

Art in the Loft 109 N. Second Ave., Alpena, MI, United States

Archaeologists use traditional illustration as a documentation technique and to bring artifacts to life for those who can't see them firsthand. Join archaeologists from Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and art instructors from Art in the Loft in an exciting new interactive experience! Participants will learn about historic shipwreck artifacts and then learn the specialized [...]

$50

Sanctuary Lecture Series – The Science Behind Shipwreck Exploration

Phil Hartmeyer Ever wonder how maritime archaeologists and oceanographers plan and execute surveys of the ocean floor to discover significant submerged cultural resources? Join Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary's Phil Hartmeyer on a journey from historical research to shipwreck discovery as he delves into the approach, equipment, and process of locating lost treasures [...]

Dive into Thunder Bay with Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants!

Take a virtual field trip into NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in northwestern Lake Huron with research coordinator Stephanie Gandulla and education specialist Hannah MacDonald. Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay has claimed over 200 vessels, and pristine shipwrecks make the sanctuary a significant site for maritime and cultural heritage. Join us to learn what it [...]

Exploring the Lakebed in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary with Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants

Take a virtual field trip into the depths of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary with research coordinator Stephanie Gandulla. In 2019, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries partnered with Ocean Exploration Trust and the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory to expand our understanding of sanctuaries through deep-water exploration and research. Using an autonomous surface vehicle and the [...]

Shipwrecks & Sanctuaries

Join Ocean Today co-hosts Symone Barkley and Debi Blaney as they take you on an expedition that deploys robots and lasers to explore sunken war ships! Educators, and curious kids - of all ages, join their guests, NOAA maritime archaeologists, Joseph Hoyt and Stephanie Gandulla on an exciting virtual field trip into the depths - and our past. Register For This Event

Take a Deep Dive with the NOAA Diving Center 

From Training to Underwater Exploration: Take a Deep Dive with the NOAA Diving Center With Jessica Keller and Zachary Hileman, both from the NOAA Diving Center in Seattle, WA and Stephanie Gandulla, NOAA's Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, MI Follow the pathway to become a NOAA diver and beyond! Scientific diving is one of the main types of diving conducted throughout NOAA, […]

Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest

Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center 500 West Fletcher Street, Alpena, MI, United States

DUE TO THE COVID19 PANDEMIC THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED FOR 2020. SEE YOU IN 2021! Thunder Bay SIDEWALK CHALK ART CONTEST Come showcase your artistic talent and imagination along the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Trail sidewalk during the Thunder Bay Maritime Festival! Co-hosted by Thunder Bay Arts and Friends of the Thunder Bay National Marine […]

Paddling Shipwrecks: Adventures in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Join Lesslee Dort, paddleboarder in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and Stephanie Gandulla, research coordinator at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, for a discussion about recreating in a national marine sanctuary and what it is like to explore shipwrecks both above and below the water! During this live interaction, you will hear about the various […]

Tour of the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center/Trail

Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center 500 West Fletcher Street, Alpena, MI, United States

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary has one of the most accessible collections of historic shipwrecks in the entire world, well-preserved in the cold, fresh water of the Great Lakes. Join sanctuary staff LIVE on the shores of Lake Huron as they explore the many ways paddlers, snorkelers, divers, and even glass bottom boaters can experience […]

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