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TBNMS Volunteer Program
Become a Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary volunteer and see the difference you can make!

What We Do
Without the help and support of volunteers we would not be able to accomplish all we do.  The TBNMS Volunteer Program strives to:

  • Provide a hands-on opportunity for the public to become involved in the protection and preservation of their Sanctuary;
  • Support public education and awareness efforts on how we all may be better stewards;
  • Increase community participation in the research collection, the visitor center, the community boat building program, education, office and administrative tasks, and in representing the Sanctuary at certain events and functions.

Ways to Get Involved
There are many different ways to get involved with the Sanctuary.  Find the one that meets your needs!

  • Visitor Center Support – Exhibits at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center are designed to be self-guided, however, volunteers acting as docents can greatly enhance visitors’ experiences through guided tours.  In addition, volunteers are needed to welcome visitors, give a brief introduction of the sanctuary and the exhibits, inform visitors of the different aspects of the exhibits, answer general questions, be a presence in the sanctuary store, and provide general assistance to the sanctuary staff.
  • Special Events – Every year Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary participates in various community-oriented events in addition to hosting the Maritime Festival on the Fourth of July.  Volunteers are needed to help make these events successful.
  • Education Assistant – One of the most effective ways the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary protects its maritime heritage resources is by educating the public about the importance of the resources and the laws that protect them.  Many of the sanctuary’s educational initiatives are geared toward young people – youths in kindergarten through high school.  Volunteers are needed to help direct and assist with educational activities planned by the education coordinator.


  • Continuing education and training
  • Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event
  • Great experiences you won’t find anywhere else

Our staff will work with you to find a project that engages your talents and inspires your involvement!

Join Us! Ready to get involved? or 989-884-6203

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