Historic Yates Mill County Park, at 6420 Lake Wheeler Road in Raleigh, is a 174-acre wildlife refuge and an environmental research center. The centerpiece is the Historic Yates Mill, which is the last operable water-powered gristmill in Wake County. The mill is on the National Register of Historic Places and was restored to working order in 2005.
Admission to the park is free. Tours of the mill are available at various times and cost $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children, and are free for kids under age 6.
The park hosts many events throughout the year. Some are free and some have a small fee. Many are for kids, but there are some programs that will appeal to adults as well. To see them all, visit the website.
Here are some of the upcoming free or very cheap events. It’s not a complete list. Some require pre-registration. To see the whole list, and to pre-register, go to the Historic Yates Mill County Park website, find the event, and you’ll see the link to pre-register.
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.
Field School for Kids
For ages 7–14; FREE. Registration is required. This is a drop-off program, but adults are welcome to stay.
The Wood Ducks are nesting and hatchlings are on the way! Join us for an endearing story about a little duck that was born slightly different from his siblings. This story by Brian Wildsmith teaches the importance of sensitivity and individuality. Learn about Wood Ducks and make a fun duck craft! Then take a short hike to look at their habitats. For all ages; FREE. Registration is required for all family members, and children must have adult accompaniment.
Yates by Night
Signs of Spring
Saturday, March 28th
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Go on a night hike with a park naturalist to test your sensory skills after dark. We will hike past the pond’s edge and through forests, wetlands, and fields to discover what happens in these habitats at night. The air will be crisp and the land will be alive with night sounds. Come prepared for a fun and engaging spring nighttime adventure! For ages 6 and up (adult accompaniment is required for all children); FREE. Registration is required.