The Preble County Park District has an exciting list of summer fun planned for this season. The programs are Free to the public with donations greatly appreciated. Children’s programs are led by children’s naturalist Bev Holland. Children must be accompanied by an adult. An RSVP to 937-962-5561 is helpful, but not required. Bev’s activities might be messy, so dress appropriately and be prepared to walk in the woods on our trails at each event. All programs are located at Garber Nature Center, 9691 Ohio 503 North, Lewisburg. Meet in the Mary Hayes pavilion off the main parking lot.
Camouflage Capers: Friday June 6, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Do animals play Hide and Seek, or are they camouflaged for a reason? Hike the Garber Nature Center 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!
Storybook Stroll: Friday, June 20, 1-3 p.m. The Preble County Park District is teaming up with the Preble County District Library to bring a unique way to experience a children’s book and nature simultaneously. The Library and Park District will take families through the Garber Nature Center forest. Pages from Marianne Berkes’ storybook ‘Over in the Forest’ will be posted throughout the trail. Read a story while learning about the animals and their habitat. At the end of the program, you’ll have a chance to build your own windsock!
Music at Sunset: Saturday, June 28, 7-9 p.m. Bring your lawn chair and join us for our third summer music adventure with guitarist, Eric Loy and vocalist, Earl Pittman. Eric’s harp guitar playing and Earl’s vocal performances are beyond outstanding. Enjoy their talent and passion for music as it rings from the rafters of the pavilion. Tap your foot and sing along in the beautiful outdoors at Garber Nature Center.
Ladies Day Out - Crafting with Nature: Saturday, July 12, 1-3 p.m. Ladies, please join us at the Garber Pavilion to create a piece of art work using items from the natural world. Let your creativity flow as you experiment using: corn husks, seeds, pine cones, sweet gum balls, catalpa pods, flower petals, bark, and much more. Many items will be provided, but feel free to bring anything else you wish. Take home your creation as a memory from Garber Nature Center.
Rainbow Happiness: Friday, July 25, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Are you fascinated with rainbows? How about pretty colors of all flavors? Join us on a color walk in the woods at Garber. How many colors can we find? Then return to the Pavilion to make your own kaleidoscope. It will be a colorful experience!
Rum River Blend Concert: Saturday, July 26, 7-9 p.m. We are “Raving Happy” to present to you “Rum River Blend” as Garber’s second musical event of the summer. This talented and thoroughly delightful group will entertain you with bluegrass, folk, gospel and children’s songs. You will be tapping your feet and clapping your hands to the beat! You may even want to do a jig! Bring a lawn chair and join the happiness at the sound of guitars, banjos, harmonica and more, right here on the farm.
Trail Trackers are Us! Saturday, Aug. 9, 1-3 p.m. If you like to explore the woods at Garber in a unique way, this class is for you! How will you and your family solve the “Nature Challenge?” Build a shelter, follow a map, walk in the creek, catch an insect and more. Even bury your own time capsule! This will be a trail tracker terrific time to observe, explore, and discover the wonders of nature! Come on!
The Un-scary Scarecrow Crew: Saturday, Sept. 6, 1-3 p.m. What do scarecrows do? How do they help our gardens? Join us for scarecrow – making day. Straw will be provided. You must bring clothes to stuff your own scarecrow. No old clothes? Come anyway, and make a mini-sized scarecrow. Take your new friend home.
Garber Nature Center provides trails in the 33 acre forest, a 400’ handicapped accessible boardwalk and handicapped restroom facilities at the forest trail head, a picnic pavilion, geo-caching, a wetland, and is open daily from dawn to dusk.