Cape Hatteras National Seashore cooperating association, Eastern National, currently operates educational retail outlets in the seashore and in 30 states, from Maine to the Caribbean. Eastern National sees their mission as a double opportunity to offer quality educational materials and services to park visitors and the general public at fair prices, and to aid the National Park Service with the income derived from these activities. All of the products, programs and publications offered to visitors have a strong educational value and assist the educational programs of the Service. The proceeds from their activity is donated to the National Park Service and their other partners to further support these programs. Since 1947, Eastern National has donated over $77 million to the National Park Service.
During the last 50 years, Eastern National's contributions have benefited the parks and visitors in many ways. They have supported research in cultural and natural resources to provide a sound basis for educational and park management activities. Their publications program has produced an array of distinguished and informative books and hundreds of folders, many distributed free of charge. Eastern National has hunderwritten production of many fine audiovisual programs used in the parks and in homes and schools.