The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center is more than a building, more than a collection of exhibits and even more than the wonderful programs and projects we have throughout the year; the CSWM&HC is also a community leader, working to connect our communities' needs with resources and opportunites to strengthen our schools, support our small businesses and protect our natural and cultural resources.
The Down East, Ocracoke, and Hatteras Island Asset Mapping Project will engage the communities located within the Outer Banks Scenic Byway in identifying cultural and natural assets, creating a database of information to support those communities in transforming and sustaining the region’s natural resource-based traditional industries into 2020 and beyond.
Welcome to Down East's first online newspaper celebrating all the community events and news from Bettie to Cedar Island.
Down East Online Newspaper - website
Visit all of our communities - past, present and future.
Down East Tour - website
Thanks to The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and The North Carolina Rural Center, Down East along with Ocracoke and Hatteras Island Communities are working together to develop a plan for a sustainable future.
Beginning with natural and cultural resource asset mapping, community members are taking inventory of the many "good" things their community has to offer, where the needs are, where the opportunities might be and how to meet the challenges and opportunities of their coastal economies and resources.
Saltwater Connections - website
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.
NC Cooperative Extension Service Master Gardener Volunteers of Carteret County maintain an educational demonstration garden at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center. The Butterfly Pathway is a flowering garden of highly adapted shrubs and perennials that attract butterflies and other pollinators.
Butterfly Pathway Brochure...
NC Cooperative Extension - website