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

Last year, volunteers generously donated more than 2,500 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 Steve Lord, Our 2019 Volunteer of the Year!

Congratulations to Steve Lord, Historic Yates Mill's 2019 Volunteer of the Year!
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Steve has been an active volunteer from the start of his time here in 2011, leading mill tours for the general public; helping with corn grinding weekends; offering outreach talks to different organizations; and helping with special events. He enjoys sharing his passion for history with visitors and leads dynamic tours that engage visitor interest. Steve has given more than 800 hours of his time to the park over the years. Thank you, Steve!


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

Volunteer Interest Sessions
Sunday, March 22, 2–3 p.m. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
Saturday, June 6, 11 a.m.–noon
Want to do more to help out your community park? Do you like history, the environment, agriculture and/or the arts? Consider volunteering at Yates Mill! Join us anytime during the program time to gather information about the exciting ways you can lend a hand. Registration is not required. Call our volunteer coordinator at 919-856-5378 for details.  
Volunteers Afloat 
Sunday, March 29, 3:30–5:30 p.m. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
Come and help park staff to clean up trash from around Yates Mill Pond. Imagine a volunteer experience away from the hubbub of Raleigh where you can get out on a boat and paddle around on the water, while helping to care for the environment and local wildlife. For ages 14 & up (adult accompaniment is required for all children); FREE. Registration is required.

Garden & Trail Workdays 
To be scheduled as needed; please call for details
We could use your help preparing the park's gardens and plant beds for spring growth and assisting with the upkeep and enhancement of our wildflower demonstration plots and naturally-surfaced hiking trails. We hope you will consider volunteering in this way, which helps to beautify the park and educate the public. For ages 16 & up. 

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!