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

  • Preserve and restore the historic buildings and grounds.

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

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


2019... NEW Programs, Partnerships and Special Events!

We have exciting plans in store for 2018 and beyond! We will continue to expand our offerings of seasonal activities, educational talks and walks, school field trips and homeschool classes. We are adding a week to our summer camp session for ages 12-14, and we now offer before/after care to make in more convenient for working parents. And we've also added a second week of spring-break camp in April, to serve the more of the surrounding communities..


We'll host Scout badge classes, campfire circles, overnight camping, and Eagle projects. Through our program partners, we are pleased to present theatre productions and workshops (Iron Mountain Stage Co.), goat yoga (Totes Goats), primitive skills classes (Earth Living Skills), an obstacle adventure course (Temple Qinesis) and NEW afterschool nature-based programs for kids/youth. Plus the launch of the "Music at Midvale" acoustic open mic series, photography exhibits, and special events like Earth Day and National Trails Day celebrations.


Renovations to the main building and future aquaponics building will continue, and we will have several 1-room cabins available to rent for retreats, corporate events, workshops and scouts. Work continues on our grounds, as new gardens and pathways are established and existing ones receive a facelift. Our butterfly garden will get gates at each much needed fencing (thanks to an Eagle Scout project) and replenishing of some of the plantings, to lure more birds, bees and butterflies.


WHEW... there is a LOT going on at The New Weis Center!

Upcoming Programs & Events ​​​​

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News & Notes 

  • NEW Job Openings! Opportunities to join our team as a full-time seasonal Camp Director or part-time Educator/Naturalist
  • Banff Mountain Film Festival! Feb 26 & 27, 7:00pm at the Lafayette Theather in Suffern, NY. Collection of short films about outdoor adventure sports and mountain culture
  • Meet our new Lead Educator,Stephanie Hunger!
  • NEW summer camp session for ages 12-14 coming Aug 19-23
  • NEW partnerships with Hike the World, Proactive AHW, Restore Native Plants, Herbal Arts Apothecary
  • More Scout programs coming!
  • ​​Follow us on Instagram @thenewweiscenter
  • Follow us on Facebook @newweiscenter
  • Facility rentals for parties, meetings or special events
  • Student internships - gain field experience... apply NOW
  • Seeking corporate donors and sponsors to help us grow!​​​​​​​​

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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. 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.

OR

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



2019 Membership

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!​



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