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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.
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.

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.

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

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Take a Photo with Santa at the Old Mill
Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m.–noon and 1–3 p.m.
Santa sure is a busy guy around the winter holidays season, but fortunately he's made time for us. To help us to raise funds to support Historic Yates Mill, he'll be dressed up Victorian style inside the mill building. Have your picture taken with Santa by appointment (tickets will be available as of 9:30 a.m. on 12/5).
Photo Packages: $15 and up, depending on photo sizes. A digital image will be $35. While you wait, play some "reindeer games" in the mill yard and try out a variety of old-time toys. Also enjoy seasonal refreshments and purchase handmade crafts. All proceeds directly support the mill's ongoing maintenance and operations.

Seasonal Programs

Art in the Park: Handmade Holidays
Saturday, December 5, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Handmade gifts are the best, plus they are a fun, creative and budget-friendly way to spread the holiday spirit. This season make unique gifts and create your own greeting cards inspired by the history of Yates Mill. For all ages; fee: 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.

Note that Historic Trades is offered from March through November each year. Please check back in the spring for more of these listings.

Little Historians

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

Totally Toys 
Wednesday, December 16, 11 a.m.–noon
Children have been playing with toys and using them to learn important skills for thousands of years. Join us to read a story, explore the kinds of toys children play with around the world and make a few historic toys to take home. Bring your favorite toy to share with the group. For ages 5–7; fee: $4/child. 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.

Homeschool Days

The Spirit of Giving
Monday, December 14, 10 a.m.–noon
Get into the spirit of giving by helping to cut out and assemble warm fleece blankets for children in need. No sewing skills are required! All of the blankets made during this program will be donated to the Project Linus nonprofit group. By helping out, you'll become a "blanketeer"! For ages 7 & up; fee: FREE!
Preregistration is required.

Natural Explorations

Winter Wildlife Survival Skills 
Sunday, December 6, 2–3 p.m.
Winter is coming. Learn about seasonal changes in nature and explore how various kinds of wildlife prepare for the cold, as well as what you can do to enhance your own winter survival skills. For ages 6 & up; fee: FREE! Preregistration is required.

Recreational Adventures

Note that Canoeing and Cane Pole Fishing programs are offered April through October each year. Please check back in the spring for new dates.


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