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 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 initiatives in maritime heritage, archaeology, and ocean and Great Lakes literacy.
Various strategies, from classroom initiatives to public exhibits, allow the sanctuary to efficiently and effectively carry out its education and outreach objectives.
For more information please see the Education & Outreach section of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Final Management Plan and the Education & Outreach section of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries website.
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is part of a larger organization, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA also has educational resources, click here for more information.