​​​​​​​​​​​​​In-Person Programs​​​

Registration is required for most programs​​

​​​▶ Jan 5-Feb 23: Homeschool Winter Ecology ages 6-12

​​​▶ Jan 7-Feb 25: Afterschool "Nature Discovery" grades 1-4

​​​▶ Jan 8-Feb 26: Afterschool ​"Eco-Adventure Challenge" grades 5-8

​​​▶ Jan 23: Winter Geology Guided Hike

​​​▶ Feb 13: Valentines' Nature Craft

​​​▶ Feb 15: Presidents' Day 1-Day Mini Nature Camp ages 7-12

​​​▶ Feb 20, 27, Mar 6, 13: Maple Sugaring!

Primitive Skills Classes - Joe Blevis of Earth Living Skills

​​​​​​▶ Feb 6: Primitive Firemaking

​​​​​​▶ Mar 6: Primitive Cooking & Water Purification

Sensory Garden and Play

​​​​​​▶ ​Mar 16-Apr 27: Spring Session #1, 1 or 2 days/wk, ages 3 1/2 - 6

Scout Programs

​​​​▶ See all of our badge options for Cub Scouts (in person)

​​▶ See all of our badge options for Girl Scouts (in person & virtual)

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

COVID-19 GUIDELINES (updated 1/1/21): We are open for OUTDOOR programs and are following recommended health and safety guidelines at all programs.

Masks MUST be worn at all programs and when using the indoor restrooms; social distancing will be maintained to the greatest extent possible.

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.)


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.

​​​​News & Notes​​

​​▶ Ramapo College Students: Apply for a 2021-22 May H Weis Environmental Award! Includes tuition scholarship and paid internship at The New Weis Center!

​​▶ New Trustee! Jazmine Garcia has joined our Board of Trustees.

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

​​▶ WE WON ANJEE's Excellence in Environmental Education Award!

Get your copy of our curated "Taste of the Highlands" cookbook

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

Volunteers needed for special events and gardens & grounds

▶ Social: Instagram @thenewweiscenter; Facebook @newweiscenter

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!​

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