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

Last year, volunteers generously donated more than 2,070 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 Bob Harkness, our 2016 Volunteer of the Year!

Volunteer of the Year 2016_YMCP_BobHarkness_web.jpgAnnouncing our Volunteer of the Year for 2016: Bob Harkness. In the three years that Bob has been volunteering at Yates Mill, he has become an essential piece of the team.

Not only does he lead History Detective mill tours, he often volunteers for all three shifts of corn grinding weekends, and he helps at off-site special events such as Crowder District Park's Frog Fest, the State Capitol's July Fourth event, and NC State University's Farm Animal Days. In fact, Bob amazed us by his willingness to volunteer for all three days of Farm Animal Days, spreading the word about Yates Mill and cheerfully showing thousands of children how to use a mortar and pestle.

In addition, Bob is always willing to step in when another volunteer needs to cancel a shift, and his upbeat, can-do attitude always bring a smile to our face. He is even taking on an active role in Yates Mill Associates (www.yatesmill.org), serving as vice-president in 2017.

Please join us in recognizing Bob Harkness as Yates Mill’s volunteer of the year. (He's shown here with the park program director and volunteer coordinator.) 

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 Appreciation Reception & Award Ceremony – for 2017 active volunteers
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2–4 p.m.
Volunteer Interest Session
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2–3 p.m.
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.
Mill Tour Interpreter Training
Call to inquire as to the next training time – thanks!
Mill Tour Refresher for Returning Volunteers
Sunday, Feb. 11, 2–4 p.m.
This course is offered to those volunteers who have already taken the initial mill interpreter-training program and are returning for the 2018 mill tour season. Interact with other mill interpreters, and learn about the latest tour-related updates! RSVPs are required. Refreshments will be provided.

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.
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 & 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!