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Preble County Park District

NOTICE: Road to forest closed to motorized traffic

February 2013: We regret we have had to close the gate across the road to the forest area at the Nature Center due to illegal use after dark. The road is open for walkers. Please feel free to walk to the forest and the trails. We appreciate your cooperation in this issue until we have the ability to close/open the gate on a daily basis.

Upcoming Events at the Nature Center:

  • May 3, 2014 - 1:00-3:00PM - Dirt Made My Lunch
    Itís gardening time! What happens to seeds when you plant them in the ground? Join us to learn about seeds. Make a seed booklet, listen to a story, and plant your own seeds to take home. Thank-you, dirt, thanks-a-bunch. You made my lunch! Meet at the Mary Hayes Pavilion.

  • June 6, 2014 - 10:30AM-12:30PM - Camouflage Capers - Do animals play Hide and Seek, or are they camouflaged for a reason? Hike the Garber Nature Centere Woods with us and discover the ways of camouflage. Create your own camouflage mask. Do you think you can trick us? We will find out.

  • 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 childrenís 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 RSVPís 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