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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 April 21 - 1:00-3:00PM - Dirt Made My Lunch

Three Cheers for Dirt!! Have you had fun digging in the dirt? Where does dirt come from? And what about our food? Come and play in the dirt. Let's see how a seed grows. Do a seed guessing game and plant some seeds to take home. Thak you dirt. Thanks a bunch. You made my lunch! Subject content and activities for elementary aged children accompanied by an adult/family.

Saturday May 19 - 1:00-3:00PM - Wild Hearts Mobile Zoo

Do you love animals? Bring the whole family to see animals from here and far away. Miss Amanda of Wild Hearts Mobile Zoo will share a variety of animals, telling about their characteristics and life. Bring a Friend. Show appreciation for the Wild Hearts that live near your house. This will be a special animal adventure! All ages welcome.

Saturday June 2 - 1:00-3:00PM - Is This For Real?

Recycling is fun! Meet Beth Wright from Preble County Recycling and make some cool items to take home. Recycle and reuse everyday items in a creative way. Use your imagination to build with Not-A-Boxes! Guess what amazing thing is used to make a paper book. Will you be brave enough to touch it? 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.