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. 


River Rats

The annual fundraiser for the Thunder Bay River Center, held on Grand Lake. 2021 will its 13th year!

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

2019 Artist, Richard Jordan

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

Water Quality Monitoring

Programs and Partners

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

This donate button will direct you to the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan where you can give generously to help make the Thunder Bay River Center a reality for our community!

Thunder Bay River Center

Artist in Residence

Invasive Species Management

Alpena, Michigan