​​​​​​​​​​​​In-Person Programs​​​

▶ Sep 17-Nov 6: Outdoor After-school Nature Programs

▶ Sep 27: Outdoors Acoustic Open Mic!

​​​▶ Oct 11: Birding for Beginners, Don Torino, Bergen County Audubon

​​​​▶ Oct 13-Nov 17: NEW Fall after-school Nature Camp!

Primitive Skills Classes - Joe Blevis of Earth Living Skills

▶ Oct 24: Primitive Cooking & Water Purification

▶ Nov 8: Acorn Processing

▶ Nov 22: Fire Making

Scout Programs

​​▶ Sep 30: Scout Merit Badge - Communications

More BSA & Girl Scout badges coming soon...

​​▶ VIRTUAL Girl Scout badge programs for troops are now available!

Classes consist of two ~1 hour video sessions scheduled approx. a week apart, with activities for scouts to do in between sessions. Interested leaders can contact us to schedule a class.

  • Daisy - Eco Learner Badge
  • Brownie - Household Elf Sustainability Badge
  • Junior - Animal Habitats Badge

Please include a note indicating what your payment is for (i.e. membership, program type)

COVID-19 UPDATE: We are open for OUTDOOR programs, and are following the mandated and recommended health and safety guidelines at all programs and events, including social distancing, masks when distancing can't be maintained or when using the indoor restrooms, and increased cleaning and disinfecting protocols. We THANK YOU for your continued support!

Become a Member! Your support is essential to help with the expenses of owning and operating the Center, especially now when our programming is restricted due to the pandemic. Memberships are on a rolling basis, so you can join or renew at any time and receive 12 full months of benefits. Benefits include discounts on facility rentals, public programs and nature camps; members-only events and more. Plus, your membership is tax deductibleLearn more


​​​​News & Notes​​

​​▶ WE WON ANJEE's Excellence in Environmental Education Award!

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

Outdoor facility rentals for parties, outdoor classrooms, meetings, special events. Add a nature program or guided hike for a unique event​​​​

▶ Scouts: book your fall and winter camping trip or firecircle
Volunteers needed for special events and gardens & grounds.

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

▶ Social: Instagram @thenewweiscenter; Facebook @newweiscenter

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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 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.

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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we've had to pause our plans to expand the age range for summer nature camp , and modify our camp plans. More special weekend family programming is coming up - both virtual and in-person - when it's advisable to do so. 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. We'll also be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Nature Friends purchase of the property sometime later this year - 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 always a lot going on at The New Weis Center!

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!​

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