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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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The Board of the Preble County Park District is very sad to report that Commissioner Mark Goeke passed away Wednesday, August 25th, 2017. As one of our very first Commissioners, he was instrumental in the formation and development of the Garber Nature Center and the Preble County Park District. He was passionate in his support of the Park District.



Announcing a New County Park!

Early this year, 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.


2017 Events at the Nature Center:

  • Saturday September 9 from 1:00-3:00PM - (NOTE: NEW Date) Colors Around Me Let's experiment with color! We will move color in oil, explode color in milk, stream color in water, explore a color wheel, take a color walk, and make a celophane butterfly you can hang in the light of the sun. Colors are everywhere in nature. Come have a colorful time with us! Download the program flyer for this event.

  • Saturday October 7 from 1:00-3:00PM - Mammals and Their Tracks What mammals do you think live at Garber Nature Center? Which ones would you see in the daytime? Identify animal tracks and learn how some mammals walk. Stamp a track booklet to take home. Then take a hike with us to see you can find deer or raccoon tracks in our woods. Help put out some corn for winter. Download the program flyer for this event.

  • Saturday November 4 from 1:00-3:00PM - Winter is Coming, Let's Help the Birds Help fill the bird feeder at Garber Nature Center and make pinecone feeders to hang in the trees. You will also make simple feeders to take home with you. Then we will hike in the woods to view the fall changes. Come help fill a hungry bird's tummy! Tweet! Tweet! Download the program flyer for this event.

About our programs

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!



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