Dunwoody Park began as part of America’s Bicentennial celebrations in the mid 1970’s. Dunwoody citizens and organizations, DeKalb Parks and Recreation, and the US Forestry Service built trails, labeled treees, cleared the wetlands, installed playground equipment and picnic tables. Volunteers led historical and botanical identification tours of the site.
In the 1980’s, arts classes offered in Dunwoody Park soon outgrew the facilities, allowing a shift to environmental education.
Dunwoody Nature Center was organized in 1990 and incorporated January 30, 1992. The Center now reaches 25,000 park visitors and over 10,000 program participants annually, from across the metro Atlanta area. Dunwoody Nature Center does not receive county or city funds for it programming, relying exclusively on private funding and program revenues.