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

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 Gary Coates, our 2015 Volunteer of the Year!

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Gary (seen here with our volunteer coordinator to the left and program director to the right) donated 147 hours of time to the park this past year – the most from any volunteer – and served as a mill guide and operator for a variety of mill tour types, plus he serves on the Board of Directors of Yates Mill Associates and even did some gardening and helped to make the park grounds look better. He's truly a-maize-ing! 


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  

Volunteer Interest Sessions
Sunday, July 17, 2–4 p.m.
Monday, August 15, 1–3 p.m.
Want to do more to help out your community park? Do you like history, the environment, agriculture and/or the arts? Consider volunteering at Yates Mill! Join us anytime during the program time to gather information about the exciting ways you can lend a hand. Registration not required. Call our volunteer coordinator at 919-856-5378 for details. 
Mill Tour Training for New Volunteers
Thursday, August 25, 6–8 p.m.
Are you interested in helping to interpret Historic Yates Mill? If so, please plan to join park staff for hands-on tour training. This program is required for any volunteers who wish to become mill interpreters. Registration required. You can sign up online in ActiveNet or call our volunteer coordinator at 919-856-5378 by Sunday, August 21. Pizza will be provided.

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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