8/1/21 UPDATED COVID-19 GUIDELINES: Masks must be worn indoors.

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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​​

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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

​​​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

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!


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


​​Membership

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

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

Advance registration may be required​​

▶ Sep 21-Nov 9: 8-week Homeschool Tree Explorers

​​​▶ Sep 24-Nov 12: 8-week After-school Nature Adventure: Elementary

​​​▶ Sep 24-Nov 12: 8-week After-school Nature Adventure: Middle

▶ Sep 24: Public Hike & Campfire: Fall Fires: Migration

▶ Sep 24: Iron Mountain Stage Co. - Acting/Improv Workshop

▶ Sep 25: Volunteer Day in our gardens and grounds!

▶ Sep 26: Public Program: Fall Bird Walk

▶ Sep 26: Acoustic Open Mic (last one for 2021)

▶ Oct 2: Scouts BSA Merit Badge: Nature

▶ Oct 2: Public Program: Hawk Hike

▶ Oct 9: Volunteer Day in our gardens and grounds!

▶ Oct 9: "Music at Midvale" Concert Series: Loretta Hagen

▶ Oct 10: Public Program: Forest Bathing Walk

▶ Oct 11: 1-Day No School Mini Nature Camp

▶ Oct 15-16: Teen Overnight Campout
▶ Oct 16: Public Hike & Campfire:
Fall Fires: Changing Foliage
▶ Oct 17: "Music at Midvale" Concert Series:
Rave Tesar

▶ Oct 23: Volunteer Day in our gardens and grounds!

▶ Oct 24: Public Program: Forest Bathing Walk
▶ Oct 28: Scouts BSA 
Merit Badge: Communications


▶ Schedule a Pumpkin Chunkin program for your scout troop or group!​​​​