​​​​​​The Highlands Nature Friends, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is now the proud owner and operator of the former Weis Ecology Center in Ringwood, NJ! Located in the beautiful Highlands Region of northern NJ, we 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, sponsors and the surrounding communities, we continue to focus on restoring the main building for the multiple uses we have planned, improving the landscape of our 150+ acre property, 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.


Programs, Partnerships and Events

We have exciting plans for the new year and beyond. The center will host school field trips,

and offer seasonal family activities, Scout merit badge classes and campfires, theater productions

(Iron Mountain Stage Co.), an ongoing art exhibit (Michael Byro) nature walks, and a guided hike series (Saturday mornings). Renovations on the main building and cabins will continue as well, and we hope to have some of the cabins ready for rent this year!


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

The Highlands Nature Friends qualifies as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. Membership and donations 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!


More Ways To Help



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New Membership / Renewals

Photography: Vera Lazaar

Upcoming Programs & Events

- ​​Sat, Feb 18, 10:00am: Guided hike!  Meeting spot/details

- Spring: School Field Trip Programs

- Spring/Summer: Boy Scout Merit Badge Classes

- Summer Day Camps! Weekly sessions, Ages 6-12, Jun 26-Aug 4

- Nature walks and talks

- Art Exhibit and Sale by noted local artist Michael Byro!  More

​​​​The New Weis Center

for Education, Arts & Recreation

News & Notes

- THANK YOU to JCP&L and the West Milford Rotary Club for their recent donations; we appreciate your generous support!

- Thank you to the Angiolini family who donated 2 computers & misc supplies in memory of John Angiolini, and to Steve and Suzanne Meyers, who donated a color printer.

- Like us on Facebook for more news, updates and pictures.

- MANY THANKS to our volunteers,sponsors and donors!