Thunder Bay River Center

Alpena, Michigan

River Rats

2020 Artist, Autumn Bildson

The annual fundraiser for the Thunder Bay River Center is held on Grand Lake. 2021 will be its 14th year!

Join the fun on February 19, 2021

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A hands-on environmental science summerprogram for elementary students. Sponsored by the City of Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Board, the River Rats program is free to participants, and funded with grants and donations.  Click here to sign up

This donate button will direct you to Northland Federal Credit Union where you can give generously to help make the Thunder Bay River Center a reality for our community!

On going water quality monitoring activities take place in partnership with schools throughout the Thunder Bay River Watershed. 

The Artist-In-Residence program is open to visual artists whose work will be influenced by the natural beauty of the Sanctuary and developed in their chosen medium. Contact Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Board for more information. 

Field­ based invasive species management training is offered in collaboration with NEMI Great Lakes Stewardship and Huron Pines

Artist in Residence

Invasive Species Management

Water Quality Monitoring

Programs and Partners