Dunwoody Nature Center is a 22-acre nature preserve that includes two miles of hiking trails, playgrounds, gardens, a wetlands boardwalk, picnic areas, and a creek. It is ALWAYS FREE to visit.
The center also hosts activities and special events, many of which are free and family-friendly. This is an excellent place to retreat to, to get away from the city.
You can visit the nature center for FREE anytime during open hours. Scroll down for a list of special events.
Dunwoody Nature Center is located at 5343 Roberts Dr., in Dunwoody.
- Park hours are 7 a.m. to sundown, Monday through Sunday
- Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
This page will list most upcoming events at Dunwoody Nature Center, so bookmark it and check back often.
Note that some free events require pre-registration and spots will fill up quickly.
Dunwoody Nature Center events
Earth Day Sunset Yoga
Thursday, April 22nd
7 to 8 p.m.
Reconnect with nature under a canopy of trees. The class is $10 and registration is required.
Get more info and register
This year, Dunwoody Nature Center is celebrating the change of the seasons on each solstice and equinox. While the program has been free in the past, there is a $12 fee this year.
Drop in to practice yoga under the trees.
Lower meadow, bring your own mat.
More information at the nature center’s website.
Sunday, June 20th, 2021 from 7 to 8 a.m.
Buy tickets here
FREE First Saturdays program
UPDATED on 7/27/2020 — It appears the August program is canceled, as the event no longer appears on the website or Facebook page. There is no formal cancellation notice posted.
First Saturdays is a series of free, family-friendly events that take place on the first Saturday of the month.
Each event revolves around a theme and most require pre-registration, because spots fill up quickly.
Themes are listed on the nature center’s event page for the rest of the year, and registration usually opens a few weeks in advance.
There is currently no registration link provided, so you may have to call the Nature Center at (770) 394-3322 to reserve your spot.
2020 First Saturday themes:
January 4th — Fire February 1st — Birds March 7th — Five Senses Hike April 4th — Earth Month CANCELED
May 2nd — Reptiles CANCELED
June 6th — Through the Eyes of the Cherokee CANCELED
July 4th — NO PROGRAM DUE TO HOLIDAY August 1st — Bees September 5th — Butterflies
- October 3rd — Owls
- November 7th — Mushrooms
- December 5th — Opossums
FREE Friday Night Hikes (PROGRAM IS OVER)
This spring, the popular and FREE Friday Night Hikes are back!
Bring a flashlight and your sense of adventure. While the nature center usually closes at sundown, these events allow you to connect with nature after hours — you may hear the nighttime call of owls and other nocturnal creatures, as well as the flow of the creek.
The hikes are lead by Nature Center staff, are conducted on a rolling basis, and last about 20 minutes. You’ll follow the trails around the wetland and forest.
While the hikes are FREE, you’ll need to register in advance for your chosen date through Eventbrite.
All the events listed below are open for registration now — you don’t have to wait to sign up. This is just a simple RSVP so the organizers know how many tour guides they need and how much lemonade to have on hand.
You’re invited to gather around a campfire before and after the hike to enjoy a beverage.
Please note that strollers are not recommended, and dogs are not allowed.
Dates for FREE Friday Night Hikes:
- March 20 from 8:00-9:00 p.m.
- April 3 from 8:00-9:00 p.m.
- April 17 from 8:00-9:00
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More free events:
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Friday, June 25, 2021
Saturday, June 26, 2021