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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 April 30 from 1:00-3:00PM - Do you like to hunt treasure in the woods? Did you know that Garber Nature Center currently has 2 geocaches in the Garber Forest? Coming up Sunday, April 30th we are having a CITO event - Cache In, Trash Out. Meet in the Trailhead parking lot at 1pm for the trash out portion of the event. At 2pm head up to the pavilion off the main parking lot for a social/educational gathering. Garbage bags will be provided. Dress for the weather. For more information on what geocaching is, go to http://www.geocaching.com on the web. It's a FUN family activity!

  • Saturday May 6 from 1:00-3:00PM - Chickens, Rabbits, and Ducks, Oh My! Can you cackle like a hen, waddle like a duck, or wiggle your nose like a rabbit? Let's learn from real farm animals. Christa Hein will bring 'The Farm to You' sharing live animals. Download the program flyer for this event.

  • 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.

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