Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

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Shipboard Learning

Thunder Bay NMS provides opportunities for students to experience the Great Lakes firsthand and explore history and archaeology above and below the waves for themselves. 

Research and training ships like NOAA’s RV Storm, the Michigan Sea Cadets’ Pride of Michigan afford students opportunities to work alongside scientists as they conduct research in the sanctuary, and whole classrooms can explore sanctuary shipwrecks together by taking a trip aboard a glass-bottom boat or a tall ship.

Snorkeling trips to near shore shipwreck sites enable students to experience a piece of history and inspire the next generation of scuba divers to wisely observe fragile and non-renewable historic resources.

Interested in a shipboard education experience for your students? 

Contact for more information.

Some helpful Links for on-water or watershed-based student programs in Northeast Michigan:

Set Sail Students!  Tall Ship programs on the Great Lakes:






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