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Preble County Park District

Our Allen & Adaline Garber Nature Center is open for public use from dawn to dusk every day. It is located at 9691 SR-503 N, Lewisburg (two miles north of SR-40).



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Announcing A New Park District Commissioner

In January (2018) Judge Overmyer of the Preble County Probate Court appointed Greg Arnett of New Paris OH to become the next Park District Commissioner. The Park District welcomes Greg to the board.



A New County Park!

Early in 2016, the family of Patricia and Herb Wagers donated 24 acres of land known as the "Devil's Backbone" to the Preble County Park District. The Wagers family owned the property since 1966 and allowed it to become a wildlife sanctuary with native plants and animals. The area is scenic with limestone formations and beautiful wateralls. The Park District plans to develop the new park with hiking trails and picnic areas while maiantaining its natural state. The park is located outside of Camden on old state route 725. The Park District will announce when the new park is open for public enjoyment.


2018 Programs

Saturday March 3 - 6:30-8:30PM - Night Time Skies

Are you fascinated with the nighttime sky? We are! Please join astronomer, Terry Mann, for our first star-gazing session. Terry is an accomplished astronomer who was selected as a First Light Observer at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. As well as educating us, she will be setting up her telescope for close up viewing of the night sky. Dress for the chilly spring night and jump for the stars!

Saturday March 17 - 1:00-3:00PM - Here Come the Greens!

Say goodbye to winter! Discover the greens in nature on Saint Patrick's Day. Come with us to look for signs of Spring! And of course we will do a worm hunt! How many can you find and how do you find them? Join the scavenger hunt to see how many signs of spring are all around us. Subject content and activities for elementary aged children accompanied by an adult/family. All ages welcome.

The Garber Nature Center is located at 9691 SR 503 N, Lewisburg, OH. These programs are FREE with supplies provided. Donations are welcome. Most programs will be led by childrenís teacher and naturalist, Bev Holland, who also works for Aullwood Farm in Englewood. Children must be accompanied by an adult for all programs. RSVPís are appreciated, but not required at the Park District office phone at 937-962-5561. For the latest information on Park District news and events join our email list. Send your name, home address, phone and email address to events@preblecountyparkdistrict.org Find us on Facebook!

Download the flyer for the programs:
March - June 2018 Programs
July - November 2018 Programs



Nature Center Entrance

Download a map of the hiking trails in the Garber Forest at the Nature Center
Please note: the TRAILS and boardwalk are at the rear of the property. Take the right turn at the Nature Center entrance and follow the paved road 1/2 mile out to the Garber forest.