News & Notes
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!
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 2017 and beyond! Weis will offer seasonal family activities, host
school field trips, Scout merit badge classes and campfires, theater productions (Iron Mountain
Stage Co.), art and photography exhibits, 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 - Become a Member!
ONLINE: Use the Donate button to become a Member or make an additional Donation by credit card or PayPal.
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 at any level shows your support for this journey to bring back popular programs and events, and develop new offerings for the community and region.
Your continued membership donations will be essential to cover the additional expenses we now face with owning and operating the Center, including building insurance, fire alarm maintenance, bringing utilities back online, etc. - not to mention building repairs and tree work!
For storm damage to our roof!
New Membership / Renewals
Photography: Vera Lazaar
Upcoming Programs & Events