​​​​​​​​​​​The Highlands Nature Friends, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is the proud owner and operator of the former Weis Ecology Center in Ringwood, New Jersey! Located in the beautiful Highlands region, we renamed this special place The New Weis Center for Education, Arts & Recreation to reflect our expanded mission and vision.

With the help of our board, staff and volunteers, and the support of our partners and the surrounding community, we continue to 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 dynamic Center with a broad range of programs and events for all ages!

  • Re-establish popular educational and recreational programs enjoyed in years past.

  • Develop unique new programs and special events.

  • Preserve and restore the historic buildings and grounds.

  • Build partnerships to bring additional programs and events to the Center.

  • Offer facilities where members, groups, non-profits and companies can host events.

2018... Programs, Partnerships and Events!

We have exciting plans for in store for 2018 and beyond! We'll offer seasonal activities, educational talks and walks, conduct school field trips and homeschool labs, and host Scout merit badge classes, campfires and Eagle projects. Through our partners, we will offer theater productions (from Iron Mountain Stage Co.), Goat Yoga (from Totes Goats), primitive skills classes (Earth Living Skills) and Aquaponics farming (Elemental Roots). Plus art and photography exhibits, guided hikes, and special events like Earth Day and National Trails Day celebrations. Renovations on the main building and cabins will continue, and new gardens are being established!

Become a Member TODAY!

We hope you'll join this exciting effort by becoming a member or renewing your annual membership. 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 building repairs and tree work! Membership and donations also crucial to help us grow and achieve our goals.

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.

2018 Membership Categories

  • Basic:  $35
  • Supporter:  $60
  • Advocate:  $100
  • Friend:   $250
  • Patron: $500
  • Benefactor:  $2,000+

​Memberships and donations are fully tax deductible!​

Member Benefits

  • Membership helps us restore the buildings and grounds and develop programs!
  • Get email updates about the latest Weis news and upcoming programs and events.
  • Free use of the covered pavilion and picnic tables.
  • All members receive discounts on Weis programs, events and facility rental fees.
  • All members receive discounts from our Partners, including the Highlands Natural Pool and Iron Mountain Stage Company.
  • Members at the Friend, Patron and Benefactor level receive a reusable, aluminum Weis water bottle.
  • Members at the Benefactor level are entitled to 2 free tickets to an Iron Mountain Stage Company performance at Weis.

More Ways To Help

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