Donate today to ensure the future stewardship of our Great Lakes and their rich maritime heritage

When you make a tax-deductible donation to the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, you make a direct impact on the future of our Great Lakes, the largest surface freshwater system on Earth.

Your contribution stays right here in Thunder Bay, helping sanctuary experts conduct research and provide invaluable education, training, and community outreach for students of all ages—making your contribution more than charity, but an investment in the Great Lakes—84% of North America’s surface fresh water.


Make a Gift by Check

Address and mail checks to:

Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
500 West Fletcher Street
Alpena, MI 49707



Commemorate a milestone or celebrate a special occasion, such as an anniversary, wedding or birthday, when you make a safe and secure honorary gift.

Friend Membership

Looking for a gift that is perfect for all ages? Share your passion for nature with loved ones when you give them one of our unique gift memberships.


Honor the memory of a loved with a tribute gift that will provide a lasting legacy for our natural world now and for future generations.

Employer Matching Gift Program

Many employers offer matching gift programs in which they match all or a portion of employees’ donations on an annual basis. Check with your employer and provide the Friends with your employer’s contact information on the provided form, it’s that easy to magnify your gift!

Make an Estate or Legacy Gift

There are many ways to make a planned gift through your will or trust, without tapping into your personal funds during your lifetime. In some cases it can be financially advantageous to your family to make a planned gift now.

To explore how you can meet your financial goals and maximize your philanthropic giving through sound and timely planning with the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, contact us today. The Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary works closely with the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan to ensure you have access to the best expertise possible, and that your gift is invested exactly as you intend. Your inquiry is always confidential. Request more information. (Make this a simple request form that gets forwarded to me.)

Call: (989) 884-6210


Great Lakes Protection

Partnership initiatives to improve habitat for native species and fishing; promote shore land, water and energy conservation; identify and eradicate invasive species and other threats to the world’s largest surface freshwater system.

Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center

Interactive educational exhibits, Science on a Sphere dynamic simulation of Earth and its atmosphere, life-size schooner battling a Great Lakes storm, scientific exploration via live telepresence broadcasts, 100-seat theater, educational classroom, and special events such as Thunder Bay International Film Festival, and Maritime Festival

PreK-16 Education Programs

Place-based field trips, classroom visits, tours, and aboard glass-bottom boat, Lady Michigan for hands-on learning about water quality, marine debris, invasive species, shipwrecks, Great Lakes history, archaeology, the ocean, and more

Advance Science and Marine Technology

Research to explore, identify, document, and preserve Great Lakes shipwrecks, other historical maritime assets and natural features, and assess and mitigate threats, using advance marine technology, expertise, and advance underwater diving safety and professional practices

Preserve Shipwrecks

Develop innovative partnerships to research and preserve shipwrecks, deploy nearly 40 buoys each spring to help water recreation enthusiasts identify shipwrecks locations to explore and protect them, and formally submit extensive nominations of Great Lakes shipwrecks  for designation in the National Register of Historical Places