Historic Yates Mill Public Programs

programmer teaches on wooden pond boardwalk while visitors fish with cane poles

Historic Yates Mill County Park offers programs covering history, nature, agricultural and recreational topics. Public programs are open for registration to the general public.

We are happy to announce the launch of our virtual public programs! Find a few of them below!

Public Programs

Register for a Public Program

You may register for several of Historic Yates Mill’s upcoming programs or camps online. Select the link to register for the program of your choice.

Upcoming Virtual Programs

SEEK and Discover - Activity #TBD
Monday, May 10; 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Are you a family up for adventure or just young at heart? Join us online for a SEEK by iNaturalist exploration. Our park staff will travel around the park and demonstrate how to use the application to identify wildlife. We will count species instead of steps during our adventure. Before the program, please download the SEEK app on your smart phone so you can try it out, too. We ask that parents sign up for the program with the children. For all ages; FREE. Registration is required for all participants. A Zoom link will be sent out by email on the morning of the program.

Park Beginnings - Activity #10024
Thursday, May 20; 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Yates Millpond is once again a place where people gather, as it was in centuries past. After a 20-year effort to restore the mill and a 10-year effort to develop the park, including recovery from damage done by Hurricane Fran in 1996, the park opened to the public on May 20, 2006, and now hosts around 160,000 visitors a year. Join us for some storytelling on how the park came to be, in celebration of the park's 15th anniversary.  For ages 7 & up; FREE! Registration is required. A Zoom link will be sent out on the morning of the program.

Babies in Nature - Activity #TBD
Wednesday, May 26; 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Spring is a time of renewal, with baby animals starting their lives throughout the park. Join us in this interactive, virtual program to learn about some of the babies in nature; discover how the baby animals’ parents care for and protect them; and explore how the park helps support these animals. You can also gain some tips on how you can help baby animals in your yard or neighborhood! For ages 7 and up; FREE. Registration is required for all virtual programs. A Zoom link will be sent out to all registered participants the morning of the program.

Discovery Tables

table with green table cloth covered with crafts and info about insects

These programs encourage families and friends of all ages to enjoy a park experience together. FREE! Preregistration is not required. For all ages!

Stop by the Finley Center exhibit hall anytime during the program time.

No dates are available for this program at this time.

Art in the Park

group of children stand outside with paper bag owl wings and owl masks

This program includes a self-guided craft table. For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); FREE.

No dates are available for this program at this time.

Historic Trades

display table under old wooden mill with historical activities: washboards, hay bales ect

Free demos and displays for all ages are available from March to November in the Mill Yard. Registration not required.

No dates are available for this program at this time.

A Side of History

Mother and child work on valentine craft inside classroom during historical valentines day program

Learn all about various historical topics!

For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children.) Preregistration is required.

No dates are available for this program at this time.

Park Tales

Educator sits on floor with group of children in classroom during storytime

For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: FREE.

Registration is required for all participants – adults and children. Maximum number of participants: 36 (this is how many seats we have in the classroom).

No dates are available for this program at this time.

Field School for Kids

child sits at table with rock set and worksheet during field school program

Registration is required. Only attending children need to be registered. Accompanying adults are welcome to stay or to drop off these participating children. Other siblings may not attend.

No dates are available for this program at this time.

Natural Explorations

kid looks over pond boardwalk with binoculars

For all ages unless otherwise noted; FREE. Registration is required for all family members, and children must have adult accompaniment.

No dates are available for this program at this time.

Yates by Night

silhouette of mill building at sunset

Come out to the park for a family adventure after dark. For all ages unless otherwise noted; FREE. Registration is required for all family members, and children must have adult accompaniment.

No dates are available for this program at this time.

Recreational Adventures

educator stands on boardwalk with group of children in pfds and shows them how to use canoe oars

Join us for an adventure in the park! For all ages unless otherwise noted; FREE. Registration is required for all family members, and children must have adult accompaniment.

No dates are available for this program at this time.