Last year, volunteers generously donated more than 1,800 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 Gary Hunter, our 2012 Volunteer of the Year!

Gary's dedication and enthusiasm for sharing Yates Mill history with area school children during weekly History Detective Tours and with the public during Mill Heritage Tours and Corn Grinding weekends helped him earn the park's highest volunteer honor. Gary brings a cheerful attitude that rubs off on our visitors, every time he joins us to lead a tour. We look forward to working with Gary in the 2013 Mill Tour Season!


Volunteers keep the "wheels turning" at Yates Mill!

Would you be willing to lend some of your time and effort to the Yates Mill cause and help operate, maintain and interpret the park and the old mill?

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 our volunteer coordinator, Jennifer Miller at

Volunteer Opportunities (call for details!):

Volunteer Interest Session
Sunday, August 18, 2–3 p.m.
Monday, August 26, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Training for Reception Desk Volunteers
Being scheduled on an as-needed basis.
Training for New Volunteer Mill Tour Interpreters
Being scheduled on an as-needed basis.


How Can You Help?

Program Assistants & Tour Guides:
Help to interpret Yates Mill’s ecology & 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 & would love to hear how you best think you can contribute to the park’s programming efforts.
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 & answering the phone, especially on weekends.
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!