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Volunteers "keep the wheels turning" at Yates Mill! 

Last year, volunteers generously donated more than 1,800 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 Ed Barrows, our 2014 Volunteer of the Year!

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On Saturday, January 17, 2015, Mr. Ed Barrows was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award as a way to thank him for his a-maize-ing assistance and cheerful can-do attitude!




Would you be willing to lend some of your time and effort to the Yates Mill cause and help operate, maintain and interpret the park and the old mill?

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 Tours Year-in-Review Session
Friday, December 11, 5:30–7 p.m.
This is an end-of-mill-tour-season gathering for our current volunteers, where everyone will get a chance to review the recent volunteer survey results and to discuss how the volunteer experience, park programs and mill tours might be enhanced.
Mill Tour Refresher for Returning Volunteers
Sunday, February 28, 2–3:30 p.m.
This course is offered to those volunteers who have already taken the initial mill interpreter-training program and are returning for the 2016 mill tour season. Interact with other mill interpreters and learn about the latest tour-related updates! Preregistration is required.
Training for New Mill Tour Volunteers
Sunday, April 3, 1–4 p.m.
Are you interested in helping to interpret Historic Yates Mill? If so, please plan to join park staff for a day of hands-on training to be held both in the park center and old mill. This program is required for any volunteers who wish to become mill interpreters. Preregistration is required.

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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