Sanctuary education and outreach programs are designed to raise public awareness about the sanctuary and its resources, encourage public involvement in resource protection, increase knowledge about Great Lakes maritime history, and expand ocean, climate, and Great Lakes literacy.

While education and outreach efforts are concentrated in and around the sanctuary’s visitor center facility, the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena, Michigan, they extend out to the region, state, and nation with a variety of initiatives.

The sanctuary carries education and outreach objectives through strategies that range from classroom initiatives, public exhibits, programs and interpretive trails, to place-based education opportunities.  For more information please see the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Final Management Plan and the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries website.

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  Click here for more NOAA educational resources.

Ongoing Education Programs

Summer Programs


ROV Competition

School Programs

Group Programs

Upcoming Education Programs

ROV Drop-In

July 26 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

ROV Drop-In

August 6 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm