5/10/21 UPDATED COVID-19 GUIDELINES: We are open for OUTDOOR programs. Masks MUST be worn outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained, and at ALL times when using the indoor spaces and restrooms.

​​​​​News & Notes​​

NEW! MONTHLY VOLUNTEER DAYS: May 22 & June 26 from 9am-1pm! Help us give our gardens and grounds some much needed TLC.​​​

College students: apply for a Fall internship now!

​​​▶ We've been awarded a Passaic County Open Space Trust Fund grant!

​​▶ Our former intern and part-time educator Jazmine Garcia has joined our Board of Trustees

​​​▶ New partnership with Sensory Garden and Play for pre-K programs

​​Get your copy of our curated "Taste of the Highlands" cookbook. Stories, memories, yummy recipes... and proceeds support the Center!

Outdoor facility rentals for parties, outdoor classrooms, meetings, special events. Add a nature program or guided hike for a unique event​​​​

▶ Social: Instagram @thenewweiscenter; Facebook @newweiscenter


The Highlands Nature Friends, Inc., is the 501(c)3 nonprofit owner and operator of The New Weis Center for Education, Arts & Recreation. With the help of our board, staff and volunteers, and the support of our partners and the surrounding community, we continue our focus on restoring the buildings and improving the gardens and grounds of our 150+ acre property, and planning a broad range of programs and events for all ages.

Our Goals

  • Create a year-round, dynamic Center with a broad range of programs and events for all ages!

  • Preserve and restore the historic buildings and grounds.

  • Develop and present programs that educate and connect people with nature and the environment.

  • Develop partnerships to bring additional unique programs and events to the Center.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In-Person Outdoor Programs​​​

Registration is required for many programs​​

​​​▶​​​ May 15: Meet our Trees Nature Walk

​​​​​▶ May 22: Rockin' the Highlands Geology Hike

▶ May 30: Acoustic Open Mic

▶ Jun 26: Exploring the Blue Mine Brook Hike

▶ Jun 27: Acoustic Open Mic

​​​▶​​​ Jul 6-Aug 20: Nature Camp ages 7-12

​​​▶​​​ Jul 15-Aug 19: Junior Naturalist ages 12-16​

Partner Programs

▶ May 22: Using Our Local Plants - Joe Blevis of Earth Living Skills

▶ Jul 6-16: Pre-K Summer Camp (age 3-6) - Sensory Garden and Play

Scout Programs

▶ Jun 5: Nature Merit Badge

​​​​​▶ Schedule a badge for your Cub Scout or Girl Scout troop

​​▶ Learn about our service projects and facilities for Scout camping, campfires, troop meetings and special events​​​​​​

Show your SUPPORT: Join or Renew Your Membership, or Make a 1-Time Donation!

We hope you'll join this exciting effort by becoming a member or renewing your annual membership. Memberships are on a rolling basis, so you can join at any time throughout the year. Your support is essential to cover the expenses of owning and operating the Center, including building insurance, fire alarm maintenance, bringing utilities back online, etc. - not to mention ongoing building restoration and repairs and tree work!

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


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


Membership at any level is appreciated, but we hope you will consider providing additional support by becoming a sustaining member (recurring monthly donation), joining at a higher level or making an additional one-time donation. We also welcome memorial donations to honor a loved one. ​Memberships and donations are fully tax deductible!​

More Ways To Help

Become a Member! Your support is essential to help with the expenses of owning and operating the Center, especially now when our programming is restricted due to the pandemic. Join or renew at any time and receive 12 full months of benefits, including discounts on facility rentals, public programs and nature camps; members-only events and more. Plus, your membership is tax deductibleLearn more​​

If you have the option to include a note, please indicate what your payment is for (i.e. new membership, renewal, one-time donation, scout badge, facility rental, public program type, etc.)