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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).


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 June 3 from 1:00-3:00PM - The Total Solar Eclipse Is Coming! Terry Mann was selected as a First Light Observer at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. We welcome her back to share with us information about the equipment needed to observe the total solar eclipse happening in August this year. Download the program flyer for this event.

  • Wednesday June 7 from 1:00-3:00PM - Unbelieveable Bubble Bash! Hear about Bubble People, bubble poppers, bubbles in nature, and how animals use bubbles. Learn about surface tension and water skin. What's that? Download the program flyer for this event.

  • Saturday June 24 from 7:00-9:00PM - An Evening with Eric and Earl! Beautiful sounds will join the nature sounds of the evening as Eric Loy and his 12 string harp guitar join with Earl Pittman and his incredible voice, sing songs from the 60'S and beyond. Bring a lawn chair and join us. Download the program flyer for this event.

  • Thursday July 6 from 1:00-3:00PM - See My Feet, They're in the Creek! Explore the creek at the Garber Nature Center! Who lives in this water community? Can you catch a water strider? Wear old clothes and shoes/boots that can get wet or muddy. Make a fish hat to take home to remind you of your "wet and wild" visit. Download the program flyer for this event.

  • Saturday July 22 from 7:00-9:00PM - Rum River Blend Concert Welcome back to the "BEST" in Bluegrass, Country, Folk, and Gospel music you have ever heard. Chris, Carl, Bill, and "Banjo Pickin" Mama Linda will have you clapping, laughing, and singing along. Guitars, banjos, and fiddles ring out down on the farm at Garber! Bring a lawn chair. 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