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.
Education and outreach at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary includes both formal programs for learners of all ages and informal programs for sanctuary visitors and constituents, including user groups impacting sanctuary resources. Education and outreach at the sanctuary also includes promotion of the sanctuary, the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, and the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Trail.
While education and outreach efforts are concentrated in and around the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, 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 objectives. For more information please see the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Education and Outreach Management Plan, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) or NOAA Education Webpage.
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