'Bee' Part Of The Community

The Dunwoody Nature Center has several pollinator protection initiatives to help protect our local bees and inspire the love of nature in our community.

Join Master Beekeeper Cindy Hodges for a brand new program at Dunwoody Nature Center in which children ages 6 through 13 get to learn about what it takes to be a beekeeper! 

This club is intended for all those in the Dunwoody community who have beehives, want beehives, or are interested in learning more about beekeeping. The Beekeeping Club meets monthly at the Dunwoody Nature Center and features speakers on specific topics relevant to all audiences. 

Join Master Beekeeper Cindy Hodges for an up-close and personal look at our resident honeybees! Whether you are an experienced beekeeper or just curious about bees, you will enjoy this fun and informative class! Ages 13+.

Bee program FAQ

Always attend hive inspections wearing loose fitting, light colored pants; long socks (not wool!); sturdy, close-toed shoes; and a long sleeve top. Thicker materials are best, and everything should be light colored/khaki.

Bees are attracted to different materials, especially wool, so never wear wool socks to a hive inspection! They are also more likely to sting you if you are wearing dark or tight fitting clothes. 

Yes! Please contact to inquire about purchasing local honey.

If you notice a big pile of bees sitting on a tree branch, your outdoor furniture, or your child’s playset, congratulations! You have found a swarm! Swarming bees are looking for a new place to call home. This happens when a colony gets to large for its hive. These bees are generally gentle and well behaved. 

Occasionally bees will build a hive in your homes siding, garage, or somewhere else inconvenient! While this can be frustrating and sometimes scary, it is NOT a reason to call an exterminator.

Please call a local beekeeper to come and remove the bees. They will help the bees find a happy new home. If you need helping finding one, contact our staff at 770-394-3322 or

A Few Good Books

Plants Honey Bees Use by Shannon Trimboli

Honeybee Democracy by Thomas Seeley

Buzz About Bees by Jürgen Tautz

Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association