Upcoming Programs & Events

- Saturday, Oct 1 @10:00: Guided hikes return to Weis! Join Weis educator

     John Curnyn on a hike to Wyanokie High Point. More Info  Free

- Sunday, Oct 2: Boy Scout Merit Badge class: Photography. $11/scout.

- Saturday, Oct 15: Boy Scout Merit Badge class: Search & Rescue 

- Sunday, Oct 23 @10:00: Don Torino of Bergen County Audubon Society

     will lead a Fall Nature Walk for all ages. Don't miss this!  Free

- Sunday, Oct 23 @11:30: Chris & Victoria Romo will present a colonial

     cooking demonstration. Fun for all ages!

- Sunday, Oct 30 @12:00: Fall Colors Interpretive Walk! Mike Stepowyj

     will lead a family-friendly walk to ID common trees and explain why

     leaves change color as our seasons turn. $5 suggested donation (adults)

- Oct 29-30 & Nov 4-6: Iron Mountain Stage Co. presents the comedy:

    "The Witch in 204". More info

Photography: Jon Berry & Anne Siebecker

New Membership / Renewals

News & Notes
- Fall Fundraiser: order organic flower bulbs! More info

- School Field Trips are back at Weis! More info 

Volunteers, services & supplies are needed!
- Like us on Facebook for more news and updates.

Photography: Vera Lazaar

​​​​The New Weis Center

for Education, Arts & Recreation

​​​​​​The Highlands Nature Friends, Inc. (HNF) is now the proud owner of the former Weis Ecology Center in Ringwood, New Jersey! We have renamed this special place: The New Weis Center for Education, Arts and Recreation.

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 the historic buildings.

  • Create a new, dynamic Center, and bring back popular educational programs.

  • Establish a broad range of new programs and events for kids, families and adults!


Fall 2016 Programs, Partnerships and Events

Lots of exciting plans are in the works this fall! Family activities, Scout programs, theater

productions (Iron Mountain Stage Company), nature walks, a new guided hike series, and more!

Weis will also host school field trips for many area towns. And renovations on the main building

and cabins continues, with work on the bathrooms, foundation, and a new coat of paint.


Be Part Of This Exciting Effort!

Donate Online: Use the Donate button to become a Member, or to make an additional donation by credit card or PayPal account. Thank you for your support!


A great option that provides predictable income is to become a Sustainer!  Just click the Donate button and check the box under the heading "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.


Donate 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 the great public support that we know exists for this effort to save Weis and bring back popular programs and events for the community and region.

  • Membership donations have already helped cover many 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: membership at any or our category levels qualifies for discounts on programs, such as our day camps!


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