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The Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary needs your help, now. On April 28, President Trump issued an Executive Order, "Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy," directing the US Department of Commerce to review the designations and expansion of 11 national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments, which included Thunder Bay.

If the public does not stand up for Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the 3,850 square-mile expansion in Lake Huron could be rolled back to reconsider protections for offshore waters that could be opened up to oil and gas drilling. The newly extended deadline for submitting comments is August 15, 2017 at 11:50 p.m. (EDT).

Click here to learn how you can help!




Summer Excitement at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary!





Summer Days at the Sanctuary - summer student program registration now open!


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Taking Reservations for Spring and Summer Now




* School Groups


* Other Groups (motor coach tours, adults, families,

after-school programs, campers, etc.)




Transportation Funding Available for Rogers City/Presque Isle County School Groups!



The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan's Rogers City Arts and Education Fund, through the generosity of Beach and Marianne Hall, is providing $1,000 a school year to help cover transportation costs for Rogers City school groups to participate in place-based environmental education opportunities. Public and parochial schools are encouraged to collaborate when planning trips to provide as many students as possible the opportunity to have a great place-based learning experience. Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis to school groups from throughout Presque Isle County.

The application process is easy. Just complete this "Transportation Funding Request" and email it to Katie Wolf at kwolf@thunderbayfriends.org. If you have questions, you can send an email to Katie or call her at 989-884-6210. This funding opportunity is being coordinated by the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and will be ongoing, from school year to school year for the foreseeable future.




Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, with your help, is making things happen!

Established in October, 2010, the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary support the mission of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary – to identify, protect, conserve, and enhance the natural and maritime heritage resources, values, and qualities of the National Marine Sanctuary System for this and future generations throughout the nation.

Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is supported by generous donations from individual, corporate, and foundation donors as well as earned income from Sanctuary Store sales, special programs, and other fee-for-service initiatives. Gifts are managed by the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan.





Download our "Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary" brochure here.