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Volunteers "keep the wheels turning" at Historic Yates Mill County Park! 

Last year, volunteers generously donated more than 2,600 hours of their time to the park. We certainly could not provide the well-received programs, events and other services that we do without their help!

Volunteers have assisted mainly in the following areas: mill interpretation during guided tours, corn-grinding demonstrations, selling cornmeal, cooking products made with Yates Mill cornmeal, conducting historical research, making historically accurate period clothing, storytelling, helping with nature programs, maintaining and constructing trails, teaching craft-making, and participating in the Big Sweep cleanup, among other activities.


Congratulations to Karena Potter, Our 2017 Volunteer Karena Potter volunteer of the year cropped image3.jpgof the Year!

Congratulations to Karena Potter, Historic Yates Mill’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year!

Karena joined the volunteer corps in 2016 and quickly became involved in a variety of ways. She leads tours for the general public as well as tours for school groups; talks with visitors about different historic trades during our monthly corn grinding weekends; and introduced a new program, Dancing in the Mill Yard, during those weekends. She also organized volunteers to sing historic Christmas carols during Yates Mill Associates’ Photos with Santa event, and she has even joined the board of YMA ( We are so impressed by her dedication and involvement. Thank you, Karena!


Interested in volunteering at Historic Yates Mill County Park?

To learn more about becoming a Yates Mill park volunteer, please contact the park at 919-856-6675 or email

Upcoming Volunteer Activities  

Mill Tour Interpreter Training
Call to inquire as to the next training time – thanks!

How Can You Help?

Program Assistants & Tour Guides:
Help to interpret Yates Mill’s ecology & history!
Might you enjoy teaching education programs and/or leading guided mill tours, and maybe even getting to dress in historic costumes? We can always use assistance for the park’s programs & would love to hear how you best think you can contribute to the park’s programming efforts.
Training for New Volunteer Mill Tour Interpreters is being scheduled on an as-needed basis.
Greeters for Visitor Center:
Help to make the park a friendly place for everyone!
Do you have a friendly nature & like being around people? We could use some help covering the visitor center reception desk, by providing basic park information to visitors & answering the phone, especially on weekends.
Training for Reception Desk Volunteers is being scheduled on an as-needed basis.
Gardeners & Garden Clubs:
Help to make Yates Mill more environmentally friendly!
Would you be willing to put your green thumb to good use by helping to care for some of the park’s plant beds? With your help, park staff can reduce the use of herbicides, and we can work together to keep the park looking good!



Find out what you can do to help out at Historic Yates Mill County Park.

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