​​​​​​​​Upcoming Programs & Events​​​

▶ Jan 25, Feb 22, Mar 21: Goat Yoga - Totes Goats, LLC
▶ Jan 26, Feb 23: "Music at Midvale" Acoustic
Open Mic
▶ Feb 8-9: Scouts Brownies/Juniors
Patch Class - 2 Scoops of Science

▶ Feb 21: Owl Prowl - Sr. Educator Sarah Crosby

▶ Feb 29: BSA Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge

▶ Mar 22: Certified Wildlife Gardens - Bergen County Audubon

▶ Mar 27-29: "Delval Divas" - Iron Mountain Stage Co.

▶ Mar 28: Forest of Frogs - Sr. Educator Sarah Crosby

▶ Apr 3-5: "Delval Divas" - Iron Mountain Stage Co.

▶ Apr 18: Earth Day Celebration!

Nature Day Camps

▶ Open Houses:

  • Feb 10 - at West Milford Library
  • Feb 27 - at Wanaque Library
  • Mar 7 - at New Weis Center (includes a mini-hike & craft)
  • Mar 25 - at Ringwood Library

▶ Apr 13-17: Spring Break Nature Camp for ages 6-12

▶ Jul 6-Aug 21: Summer Nature Camp for ages 6-14​


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!​

More Ways To Help


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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 new programs that educate and connect people with nature and the environment.

  • Develop partnerships to bring additional unique programs and events to the Center.

What's in store for 2020?

We have exciting plans in store for 2020 and beyond! We will continue to expand our offerings of seasonal activities, educational talks and walks, and school field trips. We are expanding the age range for summer nature camp (ages 6-14) and adding special weekend family programming. We'll offer more Scout badge classes, campfire circles, overnight camping, and service and Eagle projects. Through our program partners, we are pleased to present community theatre productions and acting/improv workshops (Iron Mountain Stage Co.), goat yoga (Totes Goats), primitive skills classes (Earth Living Skills), and NEW afterschool programs for kids/youth. Our "Music at Midvale" acoustic open mics and concert series continues to grow, and our Earth Day celebrations will be even bigger and better. We'll also be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Nature Friends purchase of the property - stay tuned for details about that event.

Renovations to the main building continue, and we will have several 1-room cabins available to rent for retreats, corporate events, workshops and scouts. Improvements around the property are underway, as new gardens and pathways are established and existing ones receive a facelift. Our butterfly garden will get new gates, and the educational garden will be planted out to lure more birds, bees and butterflies.

WHEW... there is a LOT going on at The New Weis Center!

News & Notes

▶ Staff UpdatesSarah Crosby has joined our team as a full-time Senior Educator; Julia Broadbent has been promoted to head camp counselor for summer 2020!

▶ We WON ANJEE's Excellence in Environmental Education Award!

Get your copy of the NEW "Taste of the Highlands" cookbook

▶ ​Internship opportunities! Apply now for winter/spring & summer

▶ Teachers: book your Spring Field Trip NOW!
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Facility rentals for parties, meetings, special events. Add a nature program, hike, or goat yoga for a unique event!​​​​​​​​​​​​​

▶ Scouts: book your spring camping trip or firecircle NOW!
▶ We need YOU!
We are looking for volunteers to help on our Special Events, Gardens & Grounds, Fundraising, and Arts Committees.

▶ Become a Member and you'll be supporting the The New Weis Center AND getting some great year-round benefits!

▶ Suggestions? Questions? Contact us, we'd love to hear from you!​​