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.
The following programs are offered
at Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC 27603.
Seasonal Program: Pilgrims at Play
Friday, November 21, 10:30 a.m.–noon AND 3–4:30 p.m.
Ever wonder what it was like to be a kid at the First Thanksgiving? Come to Yates Mill and find out! Play 17th-century games, learn to talk like a pilgrim, and try some of the original Thanksgiving treats. For all ages; $5/family or $3/person. Preregistration is required.
Take a Photo with Santa at the Old Mill
Saturday, December 13, 10 a.m.–noon & 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 raise funds to support Historic Yates Mill, he'll be dressed up Victorian style inside the mill building between the hours of 10 a.m.–noon and 1–3 p.m. Have your picture taken with Santa (fee: $15-65, depending on the photo size) – he'll be "receiving callers" on a first-come, first-served basis . While you wait, play some "reindeer games" in the mill yard and try out a variety of old-time toys. Also, enjoy some free, seasonal refreshments.
Art in the Park: Make-a-Flake
Saturday, December 27, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Who hasn't enjoyed the simple pleasures of cutting paper into snowflakes on a cold winter day? Come to the park center anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to make some paper snowflakes of your own, or make some to help decorate our park center windows. Also, explore how snowflakes form and what can affect their structure. For all ages; fee: FREE! Preregistration is not required.
For ages 3–5 with accompanying adult; fee: $4/child or $10 for three Little Sprouts programs. Preregistration is required.
Let's Look for Evergreens
Friday, December 19, 10–11 a.m.
Celebrate the winter season by coming out to the park on "Look for an Evergreen Day"! Many types of Christmas trees grow in the wild, such as firs, spruces,and pines, and the scent of fresh pine sure captures the feel of the holidays! Celebrate this unique holiday by learning about evergreens and making a fun pine needle craft, then bundle up to go outside to find where they grow in the park. For ages 3–5; fee: $4/child. Preregistration is required.
For ages 5–7; fee: $4/child or $10 for three Little Historian programs. Preregistration is required.
Tuesday, December 2, 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 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.
The Spirit of Giving
Monday, December 15, 10:30 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 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.
Seniors Stay Fit Nature Walk
Tuesday, December 9, 10–11 a.m.
Walking helps you stay strong and fit! Join us for a short nature walk (3/4-mile) just for seniors. Learn to identify native plants and wildlife and visit the park's two boardwalks for some nature viewing. Binoculars will be provided, or you can bring your own. Make sure to bring water and wear sturdy hiking shoes! For ages 55 and older; fee: FREE! Preregistration is required.
Winter Wildlife Survival Skills
Saturday, December 6, 11 a.m.–noon
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.
Track Out Days
The Long Winter
Tuesday–Thursday, December 9–11, 1–4 p.m.
Track out at Yates Mill! Join us for one, two or all three days of the Long Winter! Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family really had to tough it out. Learn what the family did to survive one especially long winter and find out how the family celebrated Christmas and bring home several homemade holiday crafts. Learn all about how animals and people find food, build a shelter and survive winter. If you want to, come dressed in your best pioneer outfit!
Children in Grades K–5 will participate in curriculum-correlated activities, both together and by grade level. This program is great for year-round students on Track 1 and for homeschool students who want to learn science in a hands-on setting. Fee: $12/day (or $30 for all 3 days). Preregistration is required.