Visiting Dunwoody Nature Center with Kids
At Dunwoody Nature Center, your family will love reconnecting with nature and enjoying the kid-friendly programs. Best of all, admission is free for most activities. For an annual fee, you can purchase an inexpensive membership and get discounts to special events, sneak peaks, birthday party privileges and more.
See Bees at Work
Observe bees flying in and out of their man-made hives as they toil away at making delicious honey. Find the demonstration hive to get the inside view.
Dunwoody Nature Center has campout nights throughout the year. Reservations are required, and you want to do so well in advance. Spots fill up quickly!
Find the tree swings on the front of the property—large enough for an adult to enjoy, too—or go down the trails to find the hammocks and meditation garden. Either way, it’s shady and peaceful.
Take a Class
Bring your toddler, and play, sing and listen to stories to connect with nature in the Mommy, Me and Nature class. Registration for fall opens on Aug. 1.
Hike the Trails
There are five miles of trails, including a wetland boardwalk, to travel. See what creatures you can spot hiding in the greenery.
Make Some Music
Donations of a piano and painting skills allowed the nature center to have “Claude,” a piano located behind the main building and available for all visitors to play. The previous piano, “Bennett,” was retired in May 2021.
Play on the Amazing Playground
The play structures on the playground will delight your children. There is one for toddlers and one for older kids (the slides are super-high!). Additional, freestanding structures include a cube of ropes, a large rope swing and a standing seesaw.
Visit the Treehouse
A great spot for a party, the treehouse also allows guests to have a great view of some of the trails, as well as Wildcat Creek.
Visit the Teepee
What started as Boy Scout project became a community favorite. Kids love to duck inside this large structure.
Go on a Scavenger Hunt
Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunt. To play, download the Geocaching Intro app on your cell phone, and use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache. There are three hidden at Dunwoody Nature Center!
– Shelly Gable