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:
PUBLIC NOTICE
 
COVID-19 Updates
 

The health and safety of our visitors and staff remain the top priorities for Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. As Wake County follows the state's phased approach to lift COVID-19 restrictions, we are also working to safely reopen park services in phases over the coming months.

Shelter Rentals and Park Use Agreements
As of October 1, shelter rentals and other park use agreements are available. Gatherings are limited to 50 people per the governor's executive order.

Playgrounds 
Playgrounds at parks managed by Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space are open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to maintain physical distance, wear masks or cloth face coverings, and wash or sanitize their hands often. Capacity limits are posted near each playground.

Park Capacity
Measures to limit the number of people allowed in the park at one time remain in place. If a gate is closed or cones are blocking the entrance, that means the park has reached capacity. Parks that are run by towns or cities may be operating differently—please reach out to them directly before visiting their parks.

Help Continue to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Wake County park and preserve visitors must comply with guidelines set forth by the State of North Carolina, including gathering with no more than 50 people, maintaining physical distance of at least six feet from any other person, and wearing a mask or cloth face covering when social distancing is not possible.
 
The following restrictions will remain in place at Wake County parks and preserves through at least November 30:
  • Park centers are closed.
  • Park programs and events are canceled.
  • Special operations, such as boat rentals, group camping and lodge rental, are not available.
As a reminder, 24/7 digital programming is available at wakegov.com/parks/fromhome. 

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.
 

    
The following programs are offered at Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. 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.
 

Special Events

CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19

For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); FREE. Registration is not required. Stop by the Finley Center exhibit hall anytime during the program time.

CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19
  

Art in the Park

For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); FREE
 
CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19
 
This display is offered on the weekends when the old mill is open for corn-grinding demonstrations.
CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19


CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19
 

Registration is required. Only attending children need to be registered. Accompanying adults are welcome to stay or to drop off these participating children. Other siblings may not attend.

CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19


Park Tales

For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: FREE.
Registration is required for all participants – adults and children. Maximum number of participants: 36 (this is how many seats we have in the classroom).

CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19


Natural Explorations

For all ages unless otherwise noted; FREE. Registration is required for all family members, and children must have adult accompaniment.

CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19


Yates by Night

CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19
 

Recreational Adventures

CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19

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. There will be 2 adults with the kids at all times. Kids bring their own snacks and/or lunch. Registration is required. Camp size is limited, so sign up early! Registration opens Feb. 1.

To check for space availability and register, go to Wake County's online registration site or contact the park by phone at 919-856-6675 or by email at yatesmill@wakegov.com.