Saltwater Connections is a collaborative of community members and organizations united by a shared common interest in building stronger communities along the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway now and for the future.  The collaborative crafts innovative projects that share and perpetuate the maritime culture of the region, encourage economic diversity, promote community health and wellness, and serve the needs of all residents.

What’s New

  • Follow New Route Signs along the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway! Event set for May 25 in Buxton, NC
    May 20, 2016
    It stretches along North Carolina’s coastline. It’s one of America’s National Scenic Byways and it’s now officially here! Along the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, visitors and residents alike will notice brand new Byway route signs. Follow those signs and connect with the communities on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands and in Down East Carteret. The Outer ...
  • The Science of Climate Change, Free Workshop for Rising 11th & 12th Graders in NC, June 13-17, 2016
    May 20, 2016
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering a FREE Summer Enrichment Program to educate NC high school students about the science of climate change. Students will learn what climate change is, how is can affect their health and lifestyle, how EPA scientists are researching climate change and adaptation, and what students can do to ...
  • East Carteret Students Study Blue Crabs – Video
    April 18, 2016
    East Carteret High School students visited a local  blue crab shedding operation and then learned how to cook soft shell crabs as part of a Creating New Economies Grant awarded by the Resourceful Communities Program at The Conservation Fund to Saltwater Connections.  Watch the video here.  
  • East Carteret and Cape Hatteras Schools Collaboration
    April 18, 2016
    Cape Hatteras Secondary School carpentry students installed the food program’s new fish cleaning table last week. The table was made by East Carteret High School’s marine trades class taught by Zack Davis and was gifted to the Cape Hatteras food program. This exchange was supported by a Creating New Economies Grant awarded by the Resourceful ...
  • A Journey Though History and Culture
    April 13, 2016
    Those who travel up and down North Carolina’s Outer Banks and through the Down East communities of Carteret County can see it’s an area of beautiful natural scenery, but during the next few weeks, new signs will be posted along the route to help travelers better understand the history and maritime culture of the region. The ...
  • Launching the Outer Banks Scenic Byway
    April 12, 2016
    At a meeting of the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway Advisory Committee on Tuesday, April 5, at the Hatteras Realty office in Avon – the same office that has hosted dozens if not scores of these meetings over the past 13 years – the official signs for the highway were unveiled, to the delight of ...
  • New Research Projects Focus on Coastal Community Collaborations
    April 7, 2016
    Four community-based collaborations will start this spring thanks to a new partnership between North Carolina Sea Grant and the William R. Kenan Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science at NC State University. “We are pleased with the variety of topics, as well as the strong participation of partners from throughout the coastal region,” notes Raj ...