Volunteers "keep the wheels turning" at Historic Yates Mill County Park!

Last year, volunteers generously donated more than 2,600 hours of their time to the park. We certainly could not provide the well-received programs, events and other services that we do without their help!

Volunteers have assisted mainly in the following areas: mill interpretation during guided tours, corn-grinding demonstrations, selling cornmeal, cooking products made with Yates Mill cornmeal, conducting historical research, making historically accurate period clothing, storytelling, helping with nature programs, maintaining and constructing trails, teaching craft-making, and participating in the Big Sweep cleanup, among other activities.


Congratulations to Tom Wentworth, Our 2018 Volunteer of the Year!

Congratulations to Tom Wentworth, Historic Yates Mill's 2018 Volunteer of the Year!
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Tom has been a volunteer at Historic Yates Mill for more than 12 years and has helped the site in so many ways. He leads tours for the general public as well as for schoolchildren, operates the waterwheel and serves on the park’s Advisory Board. In addition, Tom serves on the board of Yates Mill Associates, the nonprofit group responsible for the maintenance and operation of the mill. During his years of service, Tom has given more than 1,000 hours to Historic Yates Mill County Park. Thank you, Tom!

Interested in volunteering at Historic Yates Mill County Park?

To learn more about becoming a Yates Mill park volunteer, please contact the park at 919-856-6675 or email yatesmill@wakegov.com.

Upcoming Volunteer Activities

Trail Workday
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m.–noon

Do you love hiking the trails at Historic Yates Mill? Do you enjoy working outdoors? Then consider volunteering for our Trail Maintenance Day! By helping staff spread mulch on our trails, you can help us reduce erosion and make our trails more comfortable to walk on. This volunteer opportunity is open to volunteers age 14 and up (adult accompaniment is required for volunteers under age 16). Registration by October 20 is required. Maximum number of volunteers: 8. For questions, call our volunteer coordinator at 919-856-5378.

How Can You Help?

Program Assistants & Tour Guides:
Help to interpret Yates Mill’s ecology and history!
Might you enjoy teaching education programs and/or leading guided mill tours, and maybe even getting to dress in historic costumes? We can always use assistance for the park’s programs and would love to hear how you best think you can contribute to the park’s programming efforts.
Training for New Volunteer Mill Tour Interpreters is being scheduled on an as-needed basis.
Greeters for Visitor Center:
Help to make the park a friendly place for everyone!
Do you have a friendly nature & like being around people? We could use some help covering the visitor center reception desk, by providing basic park information to visitors and answering the phone, especially on weekends.
Training for Reception Desk Volunteers is being scheduled on an as-needed basis.
Gardeners & Garden Clubs:
Help to make Yates Mill more environmentally friendly!
Would you be willing to put your green thumb to good use by helping to care for some of the park’s plant beds? With your help, park staff can reduce the use of herbicides, and we can work together to keep the park looking good!