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Upcoming Events at the Nature Center:

  • Friday - July 25, 2014 - 10:30AM to 12:30PM - Rainbow Happiness - Are you fascinated with rainbows? How about pretty colors of all flavors? Join us on a color walk in the woods at Garber. How many colors can we find? Then return to the Pavilion to make your own kaleidoscope. It will be a colorful experience!

  • Saturday - July 26, 2014 - 7:00PM to 9:00PM - Rum River Blend Concert - We are “Raving Happy” to present to you “Rum River Blend” as Garber’s second musical event of the summer. This talented and thoroughly delightful group will entertain you with bluegrass, folk, Gospel and children’s songs. You will be tapping your feet and clapping your hands to the beat! You may even want to do a jig! Bring a lawn chair and join the happiness at the sound of guitars, banjos, harmonica and more, right here on the farm.

  • Saturday - August 9, 2014 - 1:00PM to 3:00PM - Trail Trackers are Us! - If you like to explore the woods at Garber in a unique way, this class is for you! How will you and your family solve the “Nature Challenge?” Build a shelter, follow a map, walk in the creek, catch an insect and more. Even bury your own time capsule! This will be a trail tracker terrific time to observe, explore, and discover the wonders of nature! Come on!

  • 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.

  • 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 events@preblecountyparkdistrict.org . 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.

Nature Center Eloo
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