Throughout the year, Core Sound offers programs that bring together communites of people to celebrate and share the stories of Down East Carteret County with one another and friends from near and far to make sure the traditions continue.
The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center offers programs for students of all ages throughout the year. Teachers are invited to help us design a program that enhances and expands student-learning to the outdoors. These programs provide students with the opportunity to learn about the natural environment and to spend time with community tradition-bearers as they share their heritage with young people from across the state.
Core Sound Educational Programs Guide
Waterfowl Weekend -- THE BEST WEEKEND OF THE YEAR! Core Sound's annual celebration of heritage - with music, storytelling, beautiful carvings from the Mid-Atlantic, waterfowl art, boatbuilding and Core Sound seafood!
Throughout the year, volunteer decoy carvers join us in "David's Room" to share their skills and love for decoy carving. From the old way of "chopping out the decoys" to today's fine art of texturing and feathering, our Core Sound carvers continue the long tradition of decoy-making on Core Sound. And with the carving classes held nearby at the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild, the next generation is already learning.
For groups and tours, we ask you to call ahead to make sure someone is here to demonstrate.
There is not a more dedicated group of volunteers at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center than our "Core Sound Quilters" group who gather once a week to quilt.
The Carteret County Master Gardeners are one of the hardest working volunteer groups we have! The museum grounds, our heritage plantings and our rain gardens are all projects they have helped lead at the museum. Workdays and programs are scheduled throughout the year so keep watch on our schedule for upcoming opportunities to learn more. Volunteers are always welcome so let us know if you are ready to get outside for awhile and make a wonderful contribution to the museum's outside learning efforts.
Butterfly Pathway Brochure...
Wildlife Education Classes are offered at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center throughout the year in cooperation with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission and other agencies. Check the schedule of programs and events for upcoming classes including bird watching, waterfowl programs and fish-related classes.
Carteret Community College offers courses and programs at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center throughout the year. Carteret Community College's website for a schedule, or call the museum.
Our thanks to Carteret Community College for partnering with CSWM&HC and the Down East Library to offer classes to Down East residents closer to home!
Every June the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild and the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center come together, with the financial support of the International Waterfowl Carving Association, to stage a competition for the best "stand of six working decoys." Decoys are floated in Core Sound with great care and under the watchful eyes of experienced judges who examine the decoys' likeness to the real birds.
For decoy carvers who want to keep the traditional uses of decoy carving a part of their style, this is a great event to learn, share and enjoy working decoys. Keep watch on the schedule for our next event.
Plans and ideas are under discussion for a Children's Area at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center. A place for small children to learn about Down East culture and our natural environment will be a wonderful addition to our educational offerings. Please let us know if you would like to help!
The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center's long-standing success has been grounded in its community celebrations, documentary projects and creative opportunities for people of all ages to engage in the work of the museum.
A broad base of funding resources and community partners have made these years of programming possible, while thousands of hours of volunteer investment have made these programs meaningful and a true extension of the community traditions we celebrate.
Community Nights are one of Core Sound's longest running programs and some of the most important gatherings of the year. Starting with the vision of Rodney Kemp, one of Carteret County's favoite storytellers and historians, the CSWM&HC has been bringing together local food and lots of homefolks and visitors together to visit and learn more about Down East communities, traditions and history.
Over the years the programs have honored commercial fishermen and boatbuilders, all the communities of Down East, historic events and treasured landmarks.
Summer Camps are offered at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center. Our thanks to the National Park Foundation and Cape Lookout National Seashore for their support and help in offering our 2010 camp ...
Cape Lookout - A Place for All People →
Menhaden Day ...
Saturday, February 27, 2010