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The River Center

  1. Managing Director

A Center For All Ages

Thunder Bay River Center is pictured as a 20,000 sq. ft. interpretive center of the Thunder Bay River Watershed.  Located within the unique 444 acre Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary, Thunder Bay River Center will serve as the thermometer of the watershed's health. It will operate year-round as an interpretive resource for all. The Thunder Bay River Center will be a watershed and aquatics studies center focused on the 1,250 square miles of the Thunder Bay River Watershed's resources. Its programs will interpret these natural resources for schools, the local community and tourists to show how the protection/destruction of resources impact the water and coastline of Lake Huron.
Together with its community partners, the Thunder Bay River Center will help people restore/preserve the healthy ecosystem of the Thunder Bay River Watershed.  To do this, large in-wall aquariums will showcase the 81 species of native river fish and their supporting food sources.  Interactive exhibits involving water quality, dam placement/removal, invasive species control, will lead the participant into the outdoor laboratory, Island Park and the Thunder Bay River. Many of Thunder Bay River Center's programs are guided by educational standards for science, technology, engineering, arts and math (S.T.E.A.M)  tools desired by employers and needed by everyone in order to work and function.
The Thunder Bay River Center, with its multiple partnerships of people, businesses and industries, will be an attraction to the more than 100,000 tourists who visit the area each year.  Its unique combination of ADA compliant indoor-outdoor experience-based activities will make the River Center a destination for tourists and entrepreneurs who seek not only to learn more about the water, woods and communities of Northeast Michigan but how a collaborative effort benefits the entire community.
 

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