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Historic Yates Mill County Park offers a variety of site-based, experiential programming for all generations.

For a printout of upcoming programs and events, please refer to the Yates Mill quarterly program newsletters below.
To register, complete and sign the Park Program Registration Form and return it with payment (made out to Wake County Parks) by mail or bring by the park office located at the address listed below. Payment and registration form must be received to confirm your spot in our programs.

Looking for Guided Tours of Historic Yates Mill? View the Mill Tours page.

Looking for Organized Group Programs? View the Group Programs page.

Interested in Volunteer Opportunities?  Check out the Volunteers-in-Parks page.

Please note that all payments must be made using cash, check or money order – park staff do not have the ability to take credit cards.
The following programs are offered at Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC 27603. For more information, contact the park at 919-856-6675 or email

Special Events

10th Annual Fall Harvest Celebration
Saturday, September 19, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
This family-oriented event includes a fun children's scavenger hunt activity, live music and dance, story-tellers, community displays, hand-craft demonstrations and sales, antique vehicles, farm tool displays, food vendors, and much more! For all ages, FREE! Preregistration is not required.

Historic Trades

Free historic trade wayside displays and demonstrations are offered on the third Saturday of each month, March through November, in the mill yard.    

Harvest Event Artisans
Saturday, September 19
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Historic tradesmen and tradeswomen earned their expertise through apprenticeships over many years of work. Modern craftspeople learn their skills in much the same ways that their predecessors did. A variety of artisans and crafts demonstrations will be featured during the park's 10th Annual Fall Harvest Celebration. For all ages; fee: FREE. Preregistration is not required.

Little Historians

For ages 5–7; fee: $4/child or $10 for three Little Historian programs. Preregistration is required.

The Little Red Hen
Friday, September 4, 11 a.m.–Noon
Will you help the Little Red Hen bake bread? Follow the Hen through her story to learn where wheat, milk and eggs come from. Visit the old mill to find out how the Little Red Hen's grain was ground into flour and make a craft to take home. For ages 5–7; fee: $4/child or $10 for 3 Little Historians programs. Preregistration is required.
Be sure to check out the Nature Watchers (for ages 3–5) and Nature Friends (for ages 6–9) Program Series that are being offered at Crowder District Park.

A Side of History 

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Monday, September 7, 1–2 p.m.
Explore the simple machines (tools that make work easier) that are employed in Yates Mill and help to efficiently get work done, including the wheel and axle, gears, pulleys, screws, inclined planes, wedges and levers. Explore each type through fun, self-guided stations. For ages 6 and up; fee: FREE. Preregistration is encouraged.
A guided Mill Tour will be offered on Monday, September 7, from 2–3 p.m. (fee: $3–$5).

Homeschool Days   

Historic Trades
Monday, September 21, 10 a.m.–noon
Everyone has an important role to play in their community. Experience the life and times of historic trades people, learn how knowledge and skills have been passed through the generations, and try some projects of your own. For ages 6 and up (with an accompanying adult); fee: $10/child (includes a mill tour). Preregistration is required. 

Natural Explorations 

Seniors Stay Fit Nature Hike
Monday, September 14, 10–11 a.m.
Join us as we enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and the beautiful park. This short nature walk is being offered every month, so make it a healthy habit to come out and view the changing seasons. Make sure to bring water and wear sturdy hiking shoes! For ages 55 and older; fee: FREE! Preregistration is encouraged.
Take a Child Outside
Sunday, September 27,
11 a.m.–Noon
Spend some quality time enjoying the great outdoors with your family while getting some fresh air and exercise. Develop your child's interest in nature and listen to a park naturalist as they share their knowledge of and experiences with nature and wildlife. For all ages; fee: FREE! Preregistration is required.

Recreational Adventures 

Family Fishing Fun
Saturdays, August 22 and September 26,
9–10 a.m.
Come out to the millpond and fish the old fashioned way – we'll provide you with a cane pole, tackle, and bait, along with basic instructions and assistance with identifying fish species. You'll need to bring your own luck and patience! For ages 5 & up, with accompanying adult; fee: $5/family or $3/person. Preregistration is required.

Paddle the Pond
Saturdays, August 22 and September 26,
11 a.m.–Noon
Come out to Yates Mill Pond for a morning canoe float. After basic instruction, explore the pond's many features as seen only from the water. Canoes, paddles and life jackets will be provided. This program is subject to suitable weather conditions. For ages 6+ (with accompanying adult); fee: $10/boat. Preregistration is required. Space is limited, so register early!


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