​Here you can find different activities created by park staff that will allow you to enjoy Historic Yates Mill County Park from home! Please reach out if you have any questions about the resources created or any suggestions for future offerings.




Backyard Buddies


Join Wake County park staff as we explore our backyards!

Use #MyBackyardBuddies on social media to share photos of what you see and check out what we're finding too. 

Use the following apps to help you identify wildlife: 
  • Seek by Inaturalist
  • Merlin Bird ID
  • INaturalist 
Find us on Facebook.
Yates Mill Mobile Tour 

While our visitor center is currently closed, our park grounds and trails remain open so we are rolling out a new audio tour that you can listen to either in the park or from home. We hope you like it!
Wake County staff has also developed mobile tours for several other park sites, so we encourage you to check them out as well!



Educational Activities

Fun for all ages:


 Interview with a wildflower:  Print out this booklet and use it to explore a plant in your own back yard or in the park. 

For Elementary Grades:                                                             

A collection of fun multi-disciplinary activities to help you learn about the old water mill.


For Middle School: 5-Day Curriculum

This is a curriculum assembled by a team of students from the Technology, Engineering, and Design Education department at North Carolina State University. Provided are lesson plans for four days of classroom activity and one visit to the Historic Yates Mill County Park. Each lesson plan is 75 minutes, tailored to fit a middle school on block scheduling.

Yates Mill Wordsearch and Maze

Try your hand at this Wordsearch and Maze. See if you can find all the hidden words of things found at the park and work your way through a milling maze!

Use materials found around your house to create your own waterwheel

Use the printable bingo cards to explore signs of animals in your own backyard.

Do you enjoy observing birds? Well, try out this printable bingo game!

Explore your backyard and see if you can find all the different critters and plants.

Go on a hike to see if you can find everything on this printable scavenger-hunt style activity!

Create this pollinator craft using recyclable materials.

Recipes to try at home!

Use cornmeal to make your very own cake using a recipe from our youth entry in the 2008 Yates Mill Cornmeal Cook-off. This recipe can be found in Yates Mill Associates’ “Yates Mill Cornmeal Cookbook,” which is offered for sale during the park’s corn grinding weekends.
Use cornmeal to make Maple Pecan Corn Muffins using a recipe from Yates Mill Associates "Yates Mill Cornmeal Cookbook." The cookbook is offered for sale during the park’s corn grinding weekends




Spring Has Sprung Collection
It has quickly become spring outdoors, so park staff thought you might enjoy hearing our own reflections regarding what we particularly like about spring in nature and outdoors. Find below different audio recordings from staff, and enjoy!


  • Rebeccah Cope, Program Director for Historic Yates Mill County Park and Crowder County Park, tells us all about the beauty of spring. Listen on Soundcloud here.
  • Bianca Dubé, Park Technician of Education for Crowder County Park and Historic Yates Mill County Park, discusses bluebirds and the joy of watching them build their nests. Listen on Soundcloud here.
  • Patrick Lynch, Park Technician of Operations and Maintenance for Crowder County Park and Historic Yates Mill County Park, will get you prepared to listen to sounds of the frogs, especially when the spring rain starts to fall! Listen on Soundcloud here.frog_clipped_rev_1.png
  • Laura Ketcham, Park Technician for Public History and Volunteer Coordination at Historic Yates Mill County Park and Crowder County Park, focuses on spring's floral delights. Listen on Soundcloud here.
  • Jack Singley, Park Technician for Programs at Historic Yates Mill County Park and Crowder County Park, makes friends with the buzzing bees and shares some information with us about them. Listen on Soundcloud here.


Ask a Ranger Collection: The Den Owners Assocation

Listen to this adorable adventure that came to life through a collaboration with North Carolina State Parks, Historic Yates Mill County Park, Crowder County Park, and our wonderful volunteers!

Ranger Crystal travels to Yates Mill County Park to help our Program Director, Rebeccah, to get things lined up for the annual "Den Owners Association" meeting. Listen in as they hike and canoe around Yates Mill and chat with everyone from otters to toads and squirrels to grumpy ole Walter, the groundhog. You will learn some interesting facts about many of the Yates Mill residents and concerns of den dwellers.

Bird Day Collection

Monday, May 4 was “Bird Day”. This was the first holiday in the United States dedicated to the celebration of birds. This audio series was created by the staff of Historic Yates Mill County Park and Crowder County Park in NC, in celebration of this special day and in honor of our feathered friends. In these tracks, we talk about our favorite spring bird calls and why we like them (i.e., Is it a sweet or attention-grabbing sound? Does it remind you of an experience or a person? Is there a funny joke about it? Is it a rare bird? Etc.) We hope you enjoy our recollections and stories! Share with us on social media! 
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Listen here


All About Beavers!
Ready to learn all about American beavers? If so, you can join Park Technicians Bianca, Jack, and Patrick and Park Aide Nic, as well as volunteer puppy-dog Bubba (who helps us build a beaver), to explore their unique lifestyle, eating habits, awesome adaptations, and other special features.


The Story of the American Elm
Park staff had originally planned to hold a program for Arbor Day, which is being celebrated on April 24. We planned to explore the history of this special day; examine the importance of trees to daily life; look at some of the threats facing trees today; and take a walk to see different notable trees in the park.
With April programs now canceled, we wanted to share part of that program with you through this video about the American elm tree that can be found in the park mill yard. We hope you will enjoy it!


All About Monarchs
Ready to learn all about the beautiful monarch butterfly? Join Ms. Bianca as we discuss their 3,000 mile migration, life-cycles, adaptations and the conservation efforts that are being put into place to save their habitats. See some up-close footage of monarch caterpillars and learn about the types of plants you can have in your own yard to help out pollinators.


Spring is Here!
Need a moment of peace? Check out these wildlife clips volunteer Sam Ray caputured for us to get your daily dose of nature!

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More coming soon!!!