​Field Trips and School Programs children dipping from pond

Historic Yates Mill County Park provides a wide variety of programs designed to enrich children's learning and classroom experiences. All of our educational programs are designed to be compatible with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.
Trained docents and education staff lead groups through the historic site. All of the programs and tours at Historic Yates Mill County Park feature inquiry-based learning, a variety of interactive group activities and tours, and hands-on experiences that both enchant and educate.
These programs are open to school groups, scout troops, homeschool groups, and groups from other organizations.

To schedule a field trip:

First, download and read the HYMCP Educators Guide 2014-15 .pdfGroup Program Guide 2014-15.

Then call or email our Group Program Coordinator:
Marc Mahan


What could your customized field trip be like? Here's an idea...

Experience History at Wake County’s Last Water Mill
A guided tour of our 18th-century mill provides a unique experience where participants become “History Detectives” while investigating the Mill’s water-powered operations and its business and social roles in the community.
Explore the Outdoors in Our 174-Acre Nature Refuge
Hiking the park trails and exploring the millpond awaken the senses and invigorate the spirit. Trained naturalists can serve as guides and provide program participants with enjoyable and immersive natural experiences.
Let Us Help You to Meet Your Curricular Goals
Organized programs and discovery labs are available for groups of all ages. The park’s school-age programs enrich children's learning and classroom experiences, are inquiry-based, and are compatible with the NC Standard Course of Study.
Engage in Fun and Educational Hands-on Activities
A visit to the park center’s exhibit hall with its interactive displays, group scavenger hunt, and historic dress-up area ensures that a good time is had by all, and self-guided activities and discovery packs can add to the fun.

Pre- and Post-Visit Activities and Resources

For Elementary Grades:

A collection of activities to get your group ready to visit the mill:

Pre- and Post-Visit ActivitiesPre- and Post-Visit Activities


For Middle School: 5-Day Curriculum: Historic Yates Mill County Park

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.