Park welcomes NCSU alumni

Wolfies in the house! Michelle Schroeder-Moreno in the park visitor center displaying information about the NCSU Agro-Ecology Farm.

N.C. State University has a long association with Yates Mill, dating to the University’s acquisition of the mill and surrounding property in the early 1960s. Alumni and their families recently got a personal tour of the mill and park — and an invitation to get even closer.

The “Kick Back to Give Back” event on May 4 was organized and hosted by park staff, the NC State Alumni Association and NC State University’s Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratories (including the Agro-ecology Demonstration Farm and the Dairy Enterprise System), along with Yates Mill Associates.

Local NCSU alumni and their families were invited to get a firsthand look at the park and hear about the many great educational and recreational opportunities and venues that are in development along Lake Wheeler Road. Park staff told the group about school field trips and group program opportunities that are available to the public.

Park manager Tim Lisk and YMA President Margaret Lillard encouraged the guest to enjoy Historic Yates Mill County Park to the fullest — not just by visiting and bringing their friends, but by volunteering as mill interpreters, tour guides and program/event helpers. Dean Richard Linton from NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences also welcomed the group and updated them on activities at the Lake Wheeler Road field labs, before they headed off for a peek inside Yates Mill with head miller William Robbins.

Visit the park’s Facebook page to view more photos from the event.


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