partners & resources

Core Sound's role as a regional center for cultural preservation and natural resource protection has brought together partners and projects focused on sustaining communities through collaboration, education, heritage tourism and community development. Celebrating the traditions and the natural beauty of life, Core Sound's outreach programs and partners are working together to realize a quality of life built on cultural traditions,community life, educational opportunities, economic sustainability and the protection of our natural resources for all residents now and in the future.

Outer Banks National Scenic Byway

One of the latest additions to the National Scenic Byway corridor is the Outer Banks Scenic Byway with the mostly southerly entrance being the North River Bridge.  The Byway continues through all Down East communities, across Pamlico Sound to Ocracoke and all the way to Whalebone Junction on the Outer Banks in Dare County. 


Cape Lookout National Seashore

Core Sound's neighbor, Cape Lookout National Seashore, is a daily partner in programming and projects aimed at documenting and sharing the natural and cultural heritage of Cape Lookout, Shackleford Banks, Core Banks, Portsmouth Island and the Down East communities. Field trips, events, reunions and programs are often planned together so that visitors to the Museum and the Park can experience ALL there is to see, hear and learn here "at the end of the road."

Cape Lookout's support of the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center is a vital partnership for CoreSound's success, and Core Sound for them.  Our shared goals are important to the future of our region and we work together to make sure those efforts reflect our common mission of protecting these rich resources for future generations.

Cape Lookout's Visitor Center and ferry operation located within walking distance of the Museum is a must-stop for all who visit Core Sound. 


NC Catch

NC Catch, in partnership with local Catch groups Carteret Catch, Ocracoke Fresh, Outer Banks Catch and Brunswick Catch, supports the heritage and community value of this traditional industry by providing the fishermen an educational and promotional link to consumers statewide.

NC Catch works with the local Catch groups and partners to promote local seafood’s cultural and economic value by:

  • Supporting a robust seafood economy
  • Promoting commercial fishing and its heritage
  • Educating consumers how to identify fresh local seafood, understand its seasonality and promote its economic, health and cultural value

Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild

Core Sound works with members of the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild throughout the year to provide carving demonstrations for groups visiting the museum and to be an active part of our summer programming. The Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild is a co-sponsor of our annual Rig of Six event where carvers float their decoy rigs in Core Sound to see how they look and work overboard.


North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching

Nearby Ocracoke is home to NCCAT’s eastern campus and Core Sound is a frequent presenter and resource for teacher programming and resource development. Museum staff and partners help provide local context and perspective for topics and issues that are part of the important enrichment experience of NCCAT.


carteret county master gardeners

The Carteret County Master Gardeners’ commitment to Core Sound began in 2003, providing interpretive landscaping around the Museum, workshops and volunteer opportunities. Our thanks to these dirt-lovers who have made Core Sound a place to enjoy and learn, inside and out!