Upcoming Programs & Events

- Sat, Dec 10, 10:00amGuided hike with John C! Free

- Through Dec 31: Art exhibit and sale by noted local artist

  Michael Byro!  Paintings on display in the main building. More

New Membership / Renewals

News & Notes

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- MANY THANKS to our volunteers,sponsors and donors!

Photography: Vera Lazaar

​​In November, 2015, ​​​​​​The Highlands Nature Friends, Inc. became the proud owner of the former Weis Ecology Center in Ringwood, NJ! We have renamed this special place: The New Weis Center for Education, Arts & Recreation, to reflect our expanded mission.

With the help of our board and volunteers and the support of our partners and sponsors, we are working hard to get the property spruced up, the main building ready for the multiple uses we have planned, and planning a variety of programs and events for all ages. It's an exciting time at Weis!


Our Goals

  • Preserve and restore the historic buildings and grounds.

  • Establish a dynamic Center with a broad range of new programs and events for children,

         families and adults!

  • Bring back popular educational and recreational programs enjoyed in years past.


Fall 2016 Programs, Partnerships and Events

We have exciting plans for this fall! Seasonal family activities, Scout merit badge classes and

campfires, theater productions (Iron Mountain Stage Co.), an Art Exhibit (Michael Byro) nature

walks, a new guided hike series, and more! Weis will also host school field trips, and renovations on the main building and cabins continue with work on the bathrooms, foundation, and a fresh coat of paint.


Be Part Of This Exciting Effort!

ONLINE: Use the Donate button to become a Member, or to make an additional Donation by credit card or PayPal. 

​​A great option that provides predictable income is to become a Sustainer!  Just click the Donate button and check the box under theheading "Make This Recurring". Then enter the amount you want to donate each month for your Membership; this will become your Recurring Monthly Payment. You can end or modify recurring payments at any time. 


BY MAIL: Print, complete and mail the Membership Donation Form.


Membership Categories

  • Basic: $25 - $45

  • Supporter: $50 - $75

  • Advocate: $100 - $200

  • Friend*: $250 - $450

  • Patron*: $500 and above

  • Benefactor*: $2,000 and above

Note: The Highlands Nature Friends qualifies as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.

All membership donations to HNF are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law!


Every Membership Is Important!

  • Membership demonstrates your support for this journey to bring back popular programs and events, and develop new offerings for the community and region.

  • Membership donations have already helped cover expenses such as: filing fees for NJ incorporation and IRS non-profit status; title search services to transfer the property; liability insurance and ongoing costs for e-mail service and web hosting.

  • Your continued membership donations will be essential to cover the additional expenses we now face with ownership, including building insurance, fire alarm maintenance, bringing utilities back online, etc. - not to mention building repairs and tree work!

  • Member Benefits:

    • Members at ANY category receive discounts on Weis programs such as our day camps and Iron Mountain Stage Co. shows!
    • Members at the Friend ($250) or higher level will receive a aluminum water bottle imprinted with the Weis logo!


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​​​​The New Weis Center

for Education, Arts & Recreation