Upcoming Events at the Nature Center:
Saturday - August 23, 2014 - 1:30PM to 3:30PM - Just A Buggin' Along! - It's a buggy time at Garber Nature Center! Come out and learn the parts of an insect, name a few of your favorite ones, make a buggy buddy and use a net to find and observe some insects in the prairie. A special treat will also be available! This program could help attain your Girl Scout Badge for Bugs.
Saturday - September 6, 2014 - 1:00PM to 3:00PM - The Un-scary Scarecrow Crew - What do scarecrows do? How do they help our gardens? Join us for scarecrow – making day. Straw will be provided. You must bring clothes to stuff your own scarecrow. No old clothes? Come anyway, and make a mini-sized scarecrow. Take your new friend home.
Saturday - October 4, 2014 - 1:00PM to 3:00PM - Who Winters Over? - Discover which birds migrate and which winter over staying with us at the Garber. Be a bird's best friend by helping to make bird feeders to hang in our trees behind the pavilion. Play bird games, hear bird calls, and make a feeder to take home.
Saturday - November 1, 2014 - 7:30PM to 9:30PM - Star Light Star Bright - Are you fascinated with the beauty of the stars? What constellations are patterned in the sky? Come to the Garber nature Center to meet Terry Mann, an honored and outstanding astronomer! We are priviledged to present her to you. Speaking to friends of all ages, Terry will meet us under the pavilion, give us an introductory talk, and answer many questions. Then get ready to explore the night sky with Terry. You won't want to miss this!
Saturday - December 6, 2014 - 1:00PM to 3:00PM - A Sugar Sweet Sensational Treat! - Ladies, this is a double treat for you! It is our first cookie swap and harp concert event in the restored Garber House. We are delighted to have with us Denise Garber playing her melodious harp to begin activities this Christmas season. Denise is outstanding in her musical abilities, playing a variety of harps. We also ask you to bring 1-2 dozen cookies, along with the recipe. We will exchange cookies and have a plate to take home. Put together a cookie recipe book, all to the sweet sounds of the harp. What a sensational treat!
Saturday - December 6, 2014 - 7:00PM to 9:00PM - Eric Loy Concert - Come out and enjoy our annual Christmas concert by local guitarist, Eric Loy, inside the farmhouse. Eric is s multi-talented musician who has performed at a wide variety of venues all over the tri-state area. Along with the guitar, he also plays the banjo, piano, harmonica, and the Harp Guitar. The Harp Guitar is a unique acoustic instrument with 24 strings and endless creative possibilities which Eric masters in his own unique style. Donations welcome.
For additional information call the Park District office phone at 937-962-5561 or download the program flyer for other 2014 events.
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 children’s teacher and naturalist, Bev Holland who also works for Aullwood Farm in Englewood. Children must be accompanied by an adult for all programs. For the latest information on Park District news and events join our email list. Send your name, home address, phone and email address to email@example.com . Find us on Facebook RSVP’s are appreciated, but not required at the Park District office phone at 937-962-5561
Our new fence.
Eagle Scout Candidate Dan Goepferich of Troop 511 built 8 picnic tables for our Pavilion as part of his Eagle project.
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.
Our Eloo restroom
A Little History - The Preble County Park District was created by Judge Dues in January of 2003. The first Park District Commissioners were appointed in February of 2003 and have worked diligently to establish the Board policies. In March of 2004, the Preble County Commissioners deeded over to the Preble County Park District, 100 acres of mixed farmland and forest to be used as the first County Park.
The land was donated by a local family and has been developed as the Allen & Adaline Garber Nature Center. About 33 acres of forest area has been developed into hiking trails. Another 60 acres remain as crop land and is leased out to bring income to the Park District. A wetland was created on some of the crop land and 975 trees were planted in an area adjacent to the forest.
An ODNR NatureWorks grant helped us build a 400' long handicapped accessible boardwalk that starts at the rear parking lot and ends at a viewing platform over looking our Old Oak Tree. A second NatureWorks grant helped us build an environmentally friendly restroom, "The Eloo," that was completed June 2010. The Pavilion was constructed with a third NatureWorks grant and completed early in May 2012.
|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).
Download a 2014 program flyer