Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center is dedicated to providing unique, innovative, and impactful resources for teachers and experiences that will foster learning and development in children of all ages! 

Suggested Curriculum Guides

Port Light: Saltwater Highways

Port Light captures the rich history of the trade, civic, and kin connections that extended across the sounds of North Carolina from the Outer Banks to mainland ports. From the first tenuous Colonial and piloting settlements to the viable fishing villages of the early to mid-twentieth century, boats were the primary mode of transportation, and key to the development of early America. 

Port Light has been designed as an online resource for classroom use. Lessons written specific for the North Carolina 8th grade social studies curriculum can be used in whole, in part, or adapted for other grade levels. 


Life on the Outer Banks: An Educator's Guide to Core and Shackleford Banks

In collaboration with Cape Lookout National Seashore, Core Sound has helped develop these place-based curriculum guides for classroom exploration of Cape Lookout National Seashore and the extraordinary natural and cultural resources located here. 

This series, Life on the Outer Banks, provides an educator’s guide to both classroom instruction and field trip experiences for experiencing Cape Lookout National Seashore’s history, geology and living heritage as an excellent outdoor classroom for an exciting educational experience.

Kindergarten: Fishing and Whaling Communties, Sea Shells, Barrier Island Geology, Lighthouses and Keepers
4th Grade: Geography, Animal Life, Lighthouse Math and Engineering
6th Grade: Barrier Island Wildlife, Ecology, Research Skills, Whaling
8th Grade: Plants and Animals, Water Quality, Salt March Ecology, Surfmen and Lifesaving Heroes
10th Grade: Salt Marsh Flora and Fauna, Data Collection Skills, Rachel Carson perspectives