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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

THUNDER BAY INTERNATIONAL VIRTUAL FILM FESTIVAL

The Thunder Bay International Film Festival is produced in partnership
with the International Ocean Film Festival.

January 20-31, 2021

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In January 2021, join Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary as we take our annual film festival online! For the first time ever the Thunder Bay International Film Festival will be a virtual experience including online film screenings, live-stream interviews, Q&A and panel sessions with filmmakers, scientists, and ocean and Great Lakes stewards.

For more information please contact Steph.Gandulla@noaa.gov or 989-884-6212

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

Whats Happening at Thunder Bay

5th Annual Student Film Competition at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

By |January 30th, 2020|Categories: Event, Film Festival|Tags: |

The annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival Student Film Competition (TBIFF) challenged students in grades 8-12 to create a five-minute or less film on the theme: #GreatLakesAre. Out of 30+ entries, 13 films were selected [...]

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Thunder Bay International Film Festival Kicks off Sanctuary’s 20th Anniversary

By |January 20th, 2020|Categories: Event|Tags: , , |

ALPENA, MICH --The Thunder Bay International Film Festival kicks off the 20th anniversary year celebrating the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s (TBNMS) federal designation. TBNMS was officially designated in 2000 as the first freshwater marine [...]

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Glass Artists Donate Art to Raise Support

By |November 21st, 2019|Categories: Donation|Tags: , , , |

Glass Artists Donate Art to Raise Support for Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Alpena, Mich. -- When 45th Parallel Glass Works and Gallery owners Peggy and Augie Matuzak heard the Friends of Thunder [...]

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2019 MATE ROV Competition: The Results Are In!

By |May 13th, 2019|Categories: MATE ROV Competition|Tags: , |

First Place Ranger Class Underwater Research Robots (UR2) Alpena High School, Alpena, MI First Place Navigator Class RC ROV Rogers City Schools, Rogers City, MI First Place Scout Class Educational Robotics [...]

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