National marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers closed to the public; waters remain open

NOAA's national marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers are closed to the public while the waters remain open for responsible use in accordance with CDC guidance and local regulations. More information on the response from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries can be found on sanctuaries.noaa.gov/coronavirus/.

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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

NOTE: mooring buoys are not currently being installed nor maintained. Once normal on-water activities are restored, we will resume buoy installation and maintenance as soon as possible.

Join Us for Live Virtual Programs!

Live events, tailored for students and run through Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants, will connect viewers with national marine sanctuary experts in research, education, and exploration in real time. Through the following programs, you will be able to learn about national marine sanctuaries and ask questions to leading experts in their field. Click here for the full lineup of program times and a brief overview of each topic: sanctuaries.noaa.gov/live/watch.html

Diving into Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
May 4, 2020 at 3:00 pm ET

Exploring the Lakebed in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
May 12, 2020 at 3:00 pm ET

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