Historic Yates Mill County Park offers a variety of site-based, experiential programming for all generations.

For a printout of upcoming programs and events, please refer to the Yates Mill quarterly program newsletters below.
To register, complete and sign the Park Program Registration Form and return it with payment (made out to Wake County Parks) by mail or bring by the park office located at the address listed below. Payment and registration form must be received to confirm your spot in our programs.

Looking for Tours of Yates Mill? View the Mill Tours page.

Looking for Organized Group Programs?  View the Group Programs page.

Please note that all payments must be made using cash, check or money order – park staff do not have the ability to take credit cards.
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.

Special Events   

9th Annual Fall Harvest Celebration

The park's largest free event of the year!
Saturday, September 20, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
This family-oriented event includes costumed corn-grinding tours of Yates Mill, a fun children’s scavenger hunt activity, live music and dance, story-tellers, community displays, hand-craft demonstrations and sales, antique vehicles, farm tool displays, food vendors, and much more! For all ages, FREE! Preregistration is not required. More event details will be provided as event time approaches.

Historic Trades

For all ages, FREE. Preregistration is not required.  

The Historic Trades program is not offered in September BUT a great variety of North Carolina artisans will be demonstrating their work during the 9/20 Fall Harvest Celebration.  Check back here soon for October and November features.

Little Sprouts 

For ages 3–5 with accompanying adult; fee: $4/child or $10 for three Little Sprouts programs. Preregistration is required.   

Let's Play Outside!
Wednesday, August 20, 2–3 p.m.
Come to the park for some outdoor fun! Try some new games from around the world. Learn how baby animals play and why play is important.

Apple Seeds and Orchard Fun
Friday, September 26, 11 a.m.–noon
Join us for some fruitful fun! Listen to a story about Johnny Appleseed, the legendary character who's based on John Chapman, the American frontier nurseryman who planted apple trees in many states. Play the game of "fruit dash" and try your hand at the "apple bushel toss." Then create a seed work of art to take home.

Little Historians

For ages 5–7; fee: $4/child or $10 for three Little Historian programs. Preregistration is required.  

Constitution Day
Wednesday, September 17, 11 a.m.–noon
On this day we celebrate the adoption of the United States Constitution. Join us to learn about why the constitution is important and make your own Statue of Liberty hat and torch to take home.
Be sure to check out the Nature Watchers (for ages 3–5) and Nature Friends (for ages 6–9) Program Series that are being offered at Crowder District Park.

Homeschool Days 

Flights of Fancy
Tuesday, August 19, 10 a.m.–noon
What do Leonardo da Vinci, Otto Lilienthal, Orville and Wilbur Wright and Amelia Earhart all have in common?  They all studied aviation or piloted air planes. In celebration of National Aviation Day, join us to learn the history of flight and the historical figures that made it possible through fun experiments, games, and crafts. For ages 8–12, fee: $4/child. Preregistration is required.
The World of Beatrix Potter
Thursday, September 25, 10 a.m.–noon
Beatrix Potter was a naturalist who used art to tell stories. Learn from her techniques to make stories of your own! Celebrate National Comic Book Day with this outdoor creative experience for "Take A Child Outside" week. For all ages; fee: $4/child. Preregistration is required.

Natural Explorations  

Seniors' Nature Walk
Wednesday, September 10, 8:30–9:30 a.m.
Walking helps you stay strong and fit! Join us for a short nature walk (3/4-mile) just for seniors. Learn to identify native plants and wildlife and visit the park's two boardwalks for some nature viewing. Binoculars will be provided, or you can bring your own. Make sure to bring water and wear sturdy hiking shoes! For ages 55 and older; fee: FREE! Preregistration is required.
Take a Child Outside Hike
Monday, September 29, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Spend some quality time enjoying the great outdoors with your family while getting some fresh air and exercise.  Develop your child’s interest in nature and listen to a park naturalist as they share their knowledge of and experiences with nature and wildlife.  For all ages; fee: FREE!  Preregistration is required.

Recreational Adventures


Paddle the Pond
Saturdays, August 23 and September 27
10–11 a.m. and 2–3 p.m.
Come out to Yates Mill Pond for a morning canoe float. After basic instruction, explore the pond’s many features as seen only from the water. Canoes, paddles and life jackets will be provided. This program is subject to suitable weather conditions. For ages 6+ (with accompanying adult); fee: $10/boat. Preregistration is required. Space is limited so register early!
How Smart are Fish?
Sunday, August 24, 9–10 a.m.
Think fish aren't so smart?  Think again!  Learn about fish adaptations and intelligence before fishing in the millpond.  We'll provide you with a cane pole, tackle, and bait, along with basic instructions and assistance with identifying fish species.  You'll need to bring your own luck and patience!  For ages 5 & up (with an accompanying adult); fee: $5/family or $3/person. Preregistration is required. 
Fishing Footprint
Sunday, September 28, 9–10 a.m.
What is a fishing footprint?  Find out during this hands-on program and learn how to be a responsible fisher.  We'll provide you with a cane pole, tackle, and bait, along with basic instructions and assistance with identifying fish species. You'll need to bring your own luck and patience!  For ages 5 & up (with an accompanying adult); fee: $5/family or $3/person.  Preregistration is required.

Track Out Days

Carolina Clues
Tuesday–Thursday, August 26–28, 1–4 p.m.
Track out at Yates Mill! Join us for one, two or all three days of History Detectives! Attention budding detectives, there's been a burglary at Yates Mill and we need your help. Collect clues, solve puzzles and bring the thieves to justice! Using science, art, and archaeology we'll learn how real historians solve history mysteries every day. Great for homeschoolers and track outs! This program is great for year-round students on Track 3. For students in grades K–5; fee: $12/day or $30 for all 3 Track Out Days. Preregistration is required.
Our park staff also offers Track Out Days at Crowder District Park.