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

Please support The New Weis Center by making a tax-deductible year-end donation today!

Your donation is greatly appreciated, and entitles you to many member benefits, depending on the level. Learn more here.

News & Notes

​​​​​▶ ​​​​JOB OPENING! Year-Round, Part-Time Environmental Educator

​​​​​▶ See what our Trustees & staff are feeling grateful for this year!

▶ Thanksgiving is coming - and we're sharing the Pumpkin Cake recipe from our "Taste of the Highlands" cookbook to thank our supporters!

​​​Please donate  to our Go Fund Me fundraiser to help restore a small cabin for use by scouts and community groups

​​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

​​​▶ Birthday​​​​ Parties! Includes a naturalist-led program and pavilion rental

▶ Social: Instagram @thenewweiscenter; Facebook @newweiscenter​​​​

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​​

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

Advance registration may be required​​. Masks must be worn indoors.

▶ Dec 4 & 12: Natural Winter Wreath Making (ages 8-adult)

▶ Dec 5: Forest Bathing Walk (ages 8-adult)

▶ Dec 12: Teen Hike & Campfire (ages 11-16)

▶ Dec 18: Welcome, Winter Hike (ages 8-adult)

▶ Dec 27-30: Winter Break Nature Camp (ages 7-12)

▶ Jan 15: Teens & Tweens: Winter Survival! (ages 11-16)

▶ Jan 16: Winter Geology Hike (ages 6-adult)

▶ Jan 17: No-school 1-day Mini Nature Camp (ages 7-12)

▶ Jan 22: Scouts BSA Merit Badge - Geocaching

​▶ Jan-Mar: Afterschool & Homeschool 8-week sessions

Coming in Feb 2022... Maple Sugaring!​​

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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