​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Upcoming Programs​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

▶ Sep 19-Nov 9: Wholesome Hearts Pre-K Nature Program (age 3-6)​​

▶ Sat, Sep 23, 9am-1pm: Knot Tying (8-adult)

​▶ Sat, Sep 23, 1:30-5:30pm: Tarp Shelters (8-adult)

​▶ Sat, Sep 23, 9am-5pm: Intro to Bushwhacking (12-adult)

​▶ Sun, Sep 24, 3-5pm: Acoustic Open Mic

​▶ Mon, Sep 25, 9-11am - Firemaking & Bonfire (age 6-10)
▶ Mon, Sep 25, 12-2pm -
Firemaking & Bonfire (age 11-16)

​▶ Wed, Sep 27-Oct 18, 1:30-3:30pm: Homeschool Session 1 (age 6-10)

▶ Sat, Sep 30, 1-4pm: Scouts BSA Geocaching Merit Badge

▶ Sun, Oct 1, 10am-4pm: Natural Basket Weaving

▶ ​Sat, Oct 7, 9:00am-12:00pm: Scouts BSA Bird Study Merit Badge

▶ Sun, Oct 8, 10-11:30am: Forest Bathing Walk

​▶ Sun, Oct 8, 9am-1pm: Hiking Gear Essentials

▶ Sun, Oct 8, 1:30-5:30pm: Hiking Basics & Safety​​​

DONATE TODAY! Please join or renew your membershipto support The New Weis Center

Become a Member! Your support is essential to help with the expenses of owning and operating the Center, and restoring the historic buildings and grounds. Join or renew at any time and receive 12 full months of benefits, including discounts on facility rentals, programs and camps. And your membership is tax-deductible! Learn more​​


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 offering 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.

  • Support students seeking an environmental career through internships, mentoring and volunteer opportunities

News & Notes​​​​

We're hiring! Join the team as a part-time Environmental Educator

▶ Apply NOW for an Internship at Weis! Focus areas include Environmental Education and Conservation. Includes a stipend.

▶ Sign up to receive emails about upcoming programs and events​​​​​

▶ We are honored to receive a grant from Bergen County Audubon Society for native tree plantings in front of our main building!​​

​​Facility rentals Reserve our pavilion, field, or firecircle for your next party, meeting, or special event

​​​▶ Nature Birthday​​​​ Parties! Educator-led program and pavilion rental for a unique party experience

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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. 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 insurance, ongoing building restoration and repairs, and tree work!

Use the Donate button above to become a Member, Renew, or make an ​additional Donation by credit card or PayPal.


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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