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News & Notes

Save the Date: Sat, Sep 18: An all day celebration of the 101st anniversary of Camp Midvale, est. in 1920 by the Nature Friends!

​​​College students: apply for a fall Environmental Education internship

​​​▶ We have a new roof on our c.1860's farmhouse (the 'Nature House')

​​Get your copy of our curated "Taste of the Highlands" cookbook. Stories, memories, yummy recipes... and proceeds support the Center!

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

▶ Social: Instagram @thenewweiscenter; Facebook @newweiscenter


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.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In-Person Outdoor Programs​​​

Registration is required for some programs​​

​​​▶​​​ Jul 6-Aug 20: Nature Camp, ages 7-12

​​​▶​ Jul 25: Acoustic Open Mic

​​▶ Aug 7: Volunteer Day in our gardens and grounds!

▶ Aug 7: Book Walk - from Sensory Garden and Play​​

​​​▶​​​ Aug 9-13: Highlands Junior Naturalist, ages 10-15

​​​▶​​​ Aug 13: Insects of the Night Hike

​▶ ​​​Aug 21: Music at Midvale Concert Series presents: Rave Tesar

​​▶ Aug 28: Volunteer Dayin our gardens and grounds!

​​▶ Aug 29: Acoustic Open Mic

​​Scout Programs

▶ Aug 14: Swimming Scouts BSA Merit Badge

​▶ Schedule a badge for your Cub Scout or Girl Scout troop

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

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 theMembership 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!​

More Ways To Help

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.)

Become a Member! Your support is essential to help with the expenses of owning and operating the Center. 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​​