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:
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For a printout of quarterly programs and events, and for a paper copy of the Wake County parks program registration form, refer to the program bulletin below.
The following programs are offered at Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC 27603. 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.
Do you want to see Wake County's last remaining water-powered gristmill in action?
Corn grinding demonstrations with 19th century costumed guides takes place on the third weekend of each month through November. Details are on our Mill Tours page. 

Take a Photo with Santa at the Old Mill 
Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.–noon and 1–3 p.m.
Come have your picture taken with Santa inside Yates Mill. While at the park, play some "reindeer games," try out a variety of old-time toys, enjoy some free seasonal refreshments and shop for handmade crafts. Photo Packages: $15 and up, depending on photo sizes. A digital image will be $35. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. on 12/2 (the day of the photo shoots). Proceeds from the event will benefit Yates Mill Associates’ ongoing efforts to keep Yates Mill operating and open to the public.
For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: FREE. Registration is not required. Stop by the Finley Center exhibit hall anytime during the program time.
The Shortest Day
Thursday–Saturday, Dec. 21–23, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Late dawn. Early sunset. Short day. Long night. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, the December solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year. Celebrate this special day by checking out our solstice display, and explore how cultures all over the world celebrate this day with music, food, and festive good cheer.

Art in the Park

For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: FREE.
Super Snowflakes 
Friday–Sunday, Dec. 29–31, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
What a lovely sight it is to see snow falling from the sky, so come help us to celebrate the beauty of the winter season by making some pretend snowflakes! Join us in the Finley Center where you can make paper snowflakes and help us decorate our Exhibit Hall for the coming winter! For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); FREE! Registration is not required.

Free historic trade wayside displays & demonstrations are offered on the third Saturday of each month, March through November, in the mill yard when the mill is open for tours and grinding corn. For all ages. Registration is not required. 

Stay tuned for 2018 dates coming soon!

A Side of History 

The Spirit of Giving - this program is FULL
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 10 a.m.–noon

The word philanthropy means love of mankind. From the earliest days, human civilization has depended upon kindness directed towards strangers. Explore the history of giving, then help to cut out and assemble warm fleece blankets for children in need (fleece donations are appreciated). Sewing skills are not required! The blankets will be donated to Project Linus. By helping out, you'll become a "blanketeer"! For ages 6 & up (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: FREE! Registration required.
Totally Toys
Tuesday, Dec. 19, 10–11 a.m.
Children have been playing with toys and using them to learn important skills for thousands of years. Join us to read a story, explore the kinds of toys children play with around the world, and make a historic toy to take home. Bring your favorite toy to share with the group. For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: $1/person. Registration is required.

The Ingalls Long Winter
Friday, Dec. 22
Session 1: 10:30 a.m.–noon and Session 2: 2–3:30 p.m.
Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family really had to tough it out. Learn what the family did to survive one especially long winter and find out how the family celebrated Christmas. Taste an old-fashioned peppermint candy stick and bring home a homemade holiday craft. If you want to, come dressed in your best pioneer outfit! For ages 7 and up; $6/child. Registration is required. This is a drop-off program, but adults are welcome to stay – however, seating is limited.

Park Tales

For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: FREE.
Registration is not required.
Stranger in the Woods
Friday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m.–noon
A stranger arrives after a winter storm and the wildlife wonders about him. Come enjoy this mysterious tale by Carl. R. Sams II and Jean Stoick, and hear how the curious animals that live in the woods were perplexed by the snowman that appeared after the snow finished falling. Learn about animals during the winter, take a short winter wildlife walk in the woods, and make your very own cotton-ball snowman to take home! For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: FREE. Registration not required.
Winter Wonders Walk - CANCELLED
Saturday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m.–noon

Yates by Night

New dates coming soon!

Recreational Adventures

Stay tuned for 2018 dates coming soon!