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Historic Yates Mill County Park offers public, educational programs for all ages year-round. Visit our Calendar of Events and sign up for our E-Newsletter to stay up to date!

 
 

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.

Scroll down or select a program series below to learn more about our offerings:
 
Ready to sign up? Register online for public programs.
Search for programs by location, age, date and more!
 
 
You can register for public programs online at your convenience and pay for them with a credit/debit card.
 
Learn more under How to Register.

 
 
For a printout of quarterly programs and events, and for a paper copy of the Wake County parks program registration form, refer to the program bulletin below.
 
 
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 yatesmill@wakegov.com.
 
Our staff also offers public programs at Crowder County Park.
Check out the Crowder programs page for details.
 
Do you want to see Wake County's last remaining water-powered gristmill in action?
Guided mill tours and corn grinding demonstrations with 19th century costumed guides takes place on the third weekend of each month through November. Details are on our Mill Tours page. 
  
NC State University’s Farm Animal Days
Wednesday–Friday, March 21–23, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Farm Animal Days gives children a chance to see and touch farm animals and learn about agriculture; tractors will also be on display, and there will be a Yates Mill park exhibit. The event is designed for school field trips (preschool through first grade), but families and individuals are welcome to attend. The event takes place at NC State University's Beef Educational Unit at 4505 Mid Pines Road (2 miles south of I-40). View more information here.
 
For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: FREE. Registration is not required. Stop by the Finley Center exhibit hall anytime during the program time.
  
The Vernal Equinox 
Tuesday, March 20, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
The Vernal Equinox signals the beginning of Spring. It is the point where there are exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness at the equator. Mark the change of seasons by heading to the park's Finley Center Exhibit Hall to explore fun facts about this special time of year. Find out about how and why the equinox occurs, and also learn about seasonal folklore and related historical traditions.
  

Art in the Park 

Artsy Owls
Saturday, March 24, 11 a.m.–noon
Do you love owls? If so, join us to learn all about them! Discover these amazing raptors' adaptations and why they are important to the ecosystem. We will be practicing our different owl calls and learning all about these fascinating birds. Create a Snowy Owl craft and a set of owl wings to take home. For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: FREE. Registration is required.

Free historic trade displays are offered on the third Saturday of each month, March through November, in the mill yard when the mill is open for tours and grinding corn. For all ages. Registration is not required. 

The Postman
Saturday, March 17, 1–4 p.m.
For centuries mail has connected people around the globe. Check out this tabletop exhibit to learn about the history of the United States Postal Service (the second oldest federal department in the United States) and the origins of the postage stamp. Look at a copy of an 1890s postcard featuring Yates Mill, then design your own postcard.
 

Seasons on a Farm

Free agricultural displays are offered on the third Sunday of each month, March through November, in the mill yard when the mill is open for tours and grinding corn. For all ages. Registration is not required. 
 
Plowing & Planting
Sunday, March 18, 1–5 p.m.
For almost 200 years, farmers brought their wheat and corn to what is now Yates Mill to have their grains ground into flour and meal. Today, you can stop by the Yates Mill visitor center to see a tabletop display about what tasks 19th-century farmers and their families would be doing each month as part of their life on a farm. In March, learn how farmers plowed the fields and planted crops in the 1800s; see sample farm artifacts; and plant a seed in a newspaper pot to take home.
 

A Side of History 

New program listings are coming soon!
   

Animal Adaptations
Monday, Feb. 26, 10:30 a.m.–noon
How do animals survive and thrive in the wild? Study the behaviors and body parts that make animals successful. Examine animal mounts, skulls, tracks, scat, and more in our science classroom and observe animals in action on an around-the-pond hike. For ages 7–14; fee: $6/child. Registration is required. This is a drop-off program, but adults are welcome to stay.
 
Artifact Discovery
Monday, March 5, 10–11 a.m.
Go back in time to the 18th century. Compare life then and now using pictures, artifacts, and modern objects as well as historic reproductions. In a guided inquiry, discover the purposes of several unusual objects from yesteryear. For ages 7–14; fee: $4/child. Registration is required. This is a drop-off program, but adults are welcome to stay. Bundle this program with the History Detective Mill Tour from 11 a.m.–noon for the ultimate learning experience.
 

Park Tales

For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: FREE.
Registration is not required.
 
The Little Wood Duck
Friday, March 9, 11 a.m.–noon
The Wood Ducks of North Carolina are nesting, and hatchlings are on the way! Join us for an endearing story about a little duck that was born slightly different from his siblings. Little Wood Duck is laughed at by other animals, but he embraces his uniqueness and uses it to save the day! This heartwarming story by Brian Wildsmith teaches the importance of sensitivity and individuality. Learn about Wood Ducks and take a short hike to look at their habitats. Then make a fun duck craft to take home! For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: FREE. Preregistration is encouraged. Maximum number of participants: 40.
Animals in Winter
Sunday, Feb. 25, 2–3 p.m.
Winter days find many animals curled up in their dens. They sleep warmly, awakening in spring ready to enjoy the renewed Earth. Discover how animals prepare for cold weather and which ones hibernate during the winter months. Play some fun games and take a short hike around the pond to look for signs of wintering animals. For all ages; fee: FREE. Registration is required for all family members, and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Welcome Spring!
Tuesday, March 20, 2–3 p.m.
Celebrate the coming of Spring by going on a sensory hike around the millpond with a park naturalist. While exploring park wildlife, learn about the history, cultural traditions and science associated with the Vernal Equinox. For all ages; fee: FREE. Registration is required for all family members, and children must have adult accompaniment.
  

Yates by Night

Signs of Spring
Friday, March 30, 7–8 p.m.
Go on a night hike with a park naturalist to test your sensory skills after dark. We’ll hike past the pond's edge and through forests, wetlands and fields to discover what happens in these habitats at night. The air will be crisp and the land will be alive with night sounds. Come prepared for a fun and engaging spring nighttime adventure! For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: $1/person. Registration is required. 
 

Recreational Adventures

In Search of Leprechauns
Friday, March 16, 11 a.m.–noon
The mischievous leprechauns have been playing tricks at Yates Mill. Listen to Irish music, read leprechaun stories, and build your own leprechaun trap to help us catch these clever creatures. Be sure to wear green! For ages 6 & up; fee: $1/person. Registration is required for all family members, and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Country Dancing in the Mill Yard
Saturday, March 17; noon–12:45 p.m. & 4–4:45 p.m.
Put your dancing shoes on! Come to the mill yard to join our costumed interpreters Jon and Karena Potter in learning and dancing 19th-century country dances. You do not need to have a partner to dance—just a willing heart and a desire to learn. No registration is required for this free, drop-in program, which will take place during our first corn grinding weekend of the year.
 
Stay tuned for new offerings.
 
Yates Mill’s camps offer your child hands-on history and nature activities including tours of the old mill, visits with live animals, hikes, crafts, games, and more. Each day offers a different theme. There will be 2 adults with the kids at all times. Kids bring their own lunch and snacks. Preregistration is required. Camp size is limited (maximum of 12 participants), so sign up early!
 
Mill Theater & Art Camp
Monday–Friday, June 25–29, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
This is a drop-off program for ages 6–12; fee: $180/child

What do you think a ride to the Old Mill felt like, and what might be seen along the way? Make history come to life in this full-bodied transportation exploration. Participate as actors and musicians in an interactive children’s play and explore a wide variety of performing and visual arts in an environment of encouragement and support.

Learn and develop skills in acting, improvisation, movement, stage production and adaptation while performing an original mill theater production. No experience required – just bring your high energy and enthusiasm! Important: Students enrolled in this camp must attend all five days of camp and be available to perform at the park on the afternoon of Friday, June 25.
 
 
Park Adventures
Monday–Friday, July 23–27, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
This is a drop-off program for ages 7–14; fee: $170/child

This adventure camp allows participants to gain a sense of accomplishment by attaining goals in a unique historical setting and diverse natural environment. Participants will learn about North Carolina conservation from the mountains to the sea! Daily camp themes include: (1) Becoming Conservationists, (2) North Carolina Piedmont, (3) North Carolina Coastal Plain and Mountains, (4) Improving Habitats, and (5) Natural Discoveries.

Among other activities, Day 1 includes a hike around the park, animal track making and various science activities to show the importance of biodiversity; Day 2 includes a chance for participants to interact with live animals and to take a tour of the old mill; Day 3 will include an estuary workshop, a section on Loggerhead Sea Turtles, rock discovery, canoeing and fishing; Day 4 participants will learn how to develop backyard habitats and will get to take a trip to the Prairie Ridge Eco-Station; and Day 5 will include a trip to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and a chance to discover the Naturalist Center.

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