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Nature camps at Yates Mill

Keeping cool - and busy - on Yates Mill Pond

The staff of Historic Yates Mill County Park has plenty for you all to do, from family canoeing and fishing, to playing games that would have been familiar to kids visiting Yates Mill a century ago, to an after-dark hike through the park’s woods.

A wide variety of adult workshops and kids’ summer camps are going on now at Historic Yates Mill County Park and Crowder District Park. Yates Mill park staff worked with Brian Bockhahn — a State Parks Education Ranger — to produce adult programs focused on winter waterfowl and migratory birds; the relationship between the land, people and food; and invasive plants and animals in the park. Adults can explore wildlife and water quality in Yates Mill Pond’s watershed in a program planned for Aug. 16.

Kids can enjoy several hourlong nature and history programs over the next couple of months. Want more fun? Multi-day camps are a special treat at Yates Mill. Kids enjoyed the annual “Art in Nature” camp in June, and another summer camp for “Young Farmers” will take place at Yates Mill and Historic Oak View County Park on July 22-25. One more summer camp, for 8- to 10-year-old “Time Detectives,” is scheduled for Aug. 5-9.

For details and preregistration for programs at Yates Mill, visit the park’s website. The Wake County parks website has information on youth camps being offered at all the county’s facilities.

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