Dunwoody Nature Center is a hidden gem in the Perimeter Mall area of Atlanta Metro. It preserves 22 hectares of natural green space in a growing urban area. The Nature Center is an ideal place to enjoy a picnic, a quiet stroll or to catch sight of wildlife.
Meadows, wetlands, pine and deciduous forest provide a natural environment for wildlife. Various animals make this area their home, including rabbits, deer, foxes and alligator turtles. An occasional coyote can be seen. Many bird species have been seen in the area, including the Red Hawks, Cooper's Hawks and the Owl.
Several trails in Dunwoody Nature Center allow visitors to explore the area. Trails lead through forests, meadows and wetland areas. The property passes through Wildcat Creek and the promenade allows visitors to observe the life of plants and animals in wetlands without damaging the fragile ecosystem. The Nature Center has carried out a restoration project that stabilizes the banks of the streams, removes all invasive alien plants and expands wetlands. The project is sponsored by the Georgia Forestry Commission and the City Forestry Council.
The exhibits in the educational building of the natural center allow visitors to get acquainted with nature and the outside world. The bird of prey exhibition teaches about the habitat, nesting habits and favorite foods of large birds of prey such as hawks and owls. The building also contains a small reference library. Outside on the property are Honey Bee Observation Site and Pollinators Paradise Garden. Here, visitors can watch bees at work. The garden also attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. In the kitchen garden there is a demonstration page with compost with three types of compost containers. Visitors can learn how to create compost at home. There is also an interesting place for vermicomposting.
Throughout the year, Dunwoody Nature Center offers environmental education and children's nature courses. Summer camps are offered in summer. The Nature Center organizes a number of fun events throughout the year, including the Butterfly Festival, Plant Sale, Earth Day and Garden Tours.
Dunwoody Nature Center is located in Dunwoody Park, at 5343 Roberts Drive. The resort is open daily from 07:00 to Sunday. The educational building is open Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00. Admission is free. Dunwoody Nature Center gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy a quiet break from the noise and traffic of a busy part of town. There is something new in every season.