A park "friends" group is an organization, generally a nonprofit group, that supports programs and projects within a park. Friends groups provide support through a variety of activities including fund raising and volunteering their time and expertise to projects. Several active friends groups are authorized to provide support for Cape Lookout National Seashore.
Friends of Portsmouth Island, a nonprofit organization, promotes the preservation of Portsmouth Village Historic District and the interpretation of the traditional Outer Banks lifestyle.
Foundation for Shackleford Horses is a nonprofit organization formed to help the National Park Service protect and preserve the wild horses of Shackleford Banks in Cape Lookout National Seashore for their cultural, historic and genetic importance, and for the continuing interest and enjoyment of generations of Americans.
Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center highlights the traditional lifestyle of those living "Down East" through exhibits and demonstrations.