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

Walking in the Wilderness
Thursday, March 4, 10–10:30 a.m.

Do you enjoy being wild in the wilderness? Join us virtually for a sensory hike along Yates Mill Pond! We will explore how to be good visitors in nature by practicing ‘Leave No Trace’ principles. Together, we will be naturalists as we search for signs of spring and traces of animals who call Yates Mill Pond their home! Discover how easy it is to lead your own sensory hike in your backyard! For ages 4 to 6; FREE. Registration and adult accompaniment are required. Note: This program is virtual. A Zoom link will be sent out to all registered participants a day before the program start date.

Artifact Discovery
Friday, March 12, 11–11:45 a.m.

Go back in time to the 18th century during this interactive program. Compare life then and now using pictures, artifacts, and modern objects as well as historic reproductions. Examine several artifacts found in the park and discover what they tell us about life in the past. For ages 7–14; FREE. Registration is required. Note: This program is virtual. A Zoom link will be sent out to all registered participants a day before the program start date.

Welcoming Spring!
Friday, March 19, 11–11:45 a.m.

March 20 is the first day of Spring! Celebrate the coming of the season of green by exploring wildlife with a naturalist who will be outdoors in the park, checking out the fields, woods and wetlands. Also learn about the history and science associated with the Vernal Equinox. For ages 5 & up; FREE. Participants age 6 & younger must have adult accompaniment. Registration is required for all participants. Note: This program is virtual. A zoom link will be sent out to all registered participants a day before the program start date.

Fish 101 All About Fish at Yates Mill
Tuesday, March 30, 2–2:45 p.m.

Do you enjoy fishing or anything to do with fish? Join us to discover the kinds of fish you can find in the pond, how they look, what they eat, and where else you can find them in our state. Learn about the different parts and the body shapes fish have and the advantages of each. We’ll cover ways of how to fish for a beginner and the rules we have when fishing in our park. For ages 6 & up; FREE. Registration is required for all virtual programs. A zoom link will be sent out to all registered participants a day before the program start date.

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.