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:
For additional information call the Park District office phone at 937-962-5561
The Garber Nature Center is located at 9691 SR 503 N, Lewisburg, OH. These programs are FREE. Donations are welcome. These programs are recommended for adults. RSVPís are appreciated, but not required at the Park District office phone at 937-962-5561
Our new Pavilion.
Eagle Scout Candidate Dan Goepferich of Troop 511 built 8 picnic tables for the Pavilion as part of his Eagle project.
Download a map of the hiking trails in the Garber Forest at the Nature Center
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).