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Love History and Working with Kids? Become a Historic Yates Mill Tour Guide

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Historic Yates Mill County Park

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Volunteer HDT Guide

Become a volunteer tour guide at Historic Yates Mill County Park and help school aged children learn about Yates Mill through the History Detective Tour! This fun, 1-hour tour uses artifacts to help children solve history mysteries, answer questions about the mill, and discover how people in our community lived over 100 years ago. The History Detective Tour is offered on weekday mornings and serves kids from local schools and home school groups.

Volunteers are essential to the success of our tour program, with volunteers providing close to 2,000 hours of service and leading more than 400 tours every year! We do everything in our power to make this a fun opportunity for learning and community engagement. New volunteers receive thorough training and enjoy workshops and field trips, and park staff is also on hand to work one-on-one with volunteers so that everyone feels confident and has a good time. All you have to bring is your enthusiasm and desire to broaden kids’ horizons.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Ketcham at laura.ketcham@wakegov.com. You can learn more about Historic Yates Mill County Park by visiting www.wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill.

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About Historic Yates Mill County Park


4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC 27603, US

Mission Statement

Historic Yates Mill County Park is managed as a preserve for native wildlife, with a mission to study and interpret the cultural, natural and agricultural heritage preserved in the park. The park serves as a research facility for N.C. State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and is surrounded by the university's Biological Field Laboratories.

Park facilities include the restored gristmill, a park center for education and research - including two classrooms and an auditorium - and permanent exhibits on the site's cultural and natural history. Park grounds support several miles of hiking trails, pond and wetlands boardwalks, an outdoor classroom, an overlook deck, fixed dock, picnic tables, native landscaping, wildlife habitat enhancement features, and best-management-practice demonstration areas.

Park programs focus on the site's ecology, cultural history and agricultural heritage. Visitors can look forward to cane-pole fishing, guided canoe floats, seasonal natural history and agricultural programs, and tours of the fully operational gristmill. On the third weekend of each month through November, costumed interpreters will provide a look back into the mill's history, with guided tours of the restored mill and traditional water-powered, corn-grinding demonstrations.


A day at Historic Yates Mill County Park offers visitors an "Escape from the Everyday Grind," with unique cultural and environmental experiences. The park boasts nearly 174 acres of land, including the 20-acre millpond, which is part of the Swift Creek nutrient-sensitive water-supply watershed. Diverse park habitats include pond, creek, wetlands and forests.

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4620 Lake Wheeler RoadRaleigh, NC 27603



  • Teaching / Instruction
  • People Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Verbal / Written Communication


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Flexible. 2-6 hours a month
  • Complete a Wake County Volunteer Release Form.

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