BEE PROGRAMS

'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.

Bee Dunwoody
Pollinator Pledge & Garden Sign

Dunwoody joined more than 80 cities across the country as part of the Bee City USA program, a nationwide initiative to encourage healthy, sustainable habitats for bees and other pollinators.

The Bee Dunwoody Pledge
By taking the pledge, you promise to do your best to maintain your land to protect and promote the health of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, birds, etc. by caring for our local ecosystem.

Take the pledge and make a donation to receive a Bee Dunwoody Pollinator Garden Sign (pictured above).

Dunwoody Beekeeping Club
Annual Membership

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 the club to get notices for all meetings/events and to offset the costs for great speakers.

Hive Inspections
Hands-On Classes

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 info@dunwoodynature.com 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 info@dunwoodynature.org.

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