Upcoming Programs & Events

- Sat, Oct 22 - 10:00am: Guided hike with educator John Curnyn. Free

- Sun, Oct 23:

  10:00am: Bergen County Audubon Society's Don Torino leads a Fall

  Nature Walk for all ages. Free

  11:30am: Chris & Victoria Romo present a colonial cooking demo

  and tasting, plus games and activities for all ages! Free

 12:00pm-2:00pm: Ringwood school librarian Laura Flandera presents

  a seasonal story time and nature craft! Free

- Sat, Oct 29 - 10:00am: Guided hike with educator John Curnyn. Free

- Sun, Oct 30 - 12:00pm: Mike Stepowyj leads a Fall Colors Interpretive

  walk to ID common trees and explain why leaves change color. 

 $5 suggested donation for adults

- Oct 29-30 & Nov 4-6: Iron Mountain Stage Company presents the

  comedy: "The Witch in 204". More info

- Sun, Dec 4 - 12:00pm-3:00pm: Weis Holiday Open House!

Photography: Jon Berry & Anne Siebecker

New Membership / Renewals

Photography: Vera Lazaar

​​​​The New Weis Center

for Education, Arts & Recreation

News & Notes
- Final Days of our Fall Fundraiser!

 Order organic flower bulbs until Oct 20th

  Support The New Weis Center AND get a

  lovely spring garden. Details

- Educators:  there's still time to schedule a 

  fall Field Trip, or start planning a 2017 trip! More info 

- Students...looking for an internship project to fulfill

  your community service hours or gain valuable field

  experience? Contact us!

Volunteers, services & supplies are needed!
- Like us on Facebook for more news and updates, and

  subscribe to our 'Events' for reminders.

​​​​​​The Highlands Nature Friends, Inc. (HNF) is now the proud owner of the former Weis Ecology Center in Ringwood, New Jersey! We have renamed this special place: The New Weis Center for Education, Arts and Recreation.

With the help of our board and volunteers and the support of our partners and sponsors, we are working hard to get the property spruced up, the main building ready for the multiple uses we have planned, and planning a variety of programs and events for all ages. It's an exciting time at Weis!

Our Goals

  • Preserve the historic buildings and restore the 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.

Fall 2016 Programs, Partnerships and Events

We have exciting plans for this fall! Seasonal family activities, Scout programs, theater

productions (Iron Mountain Stage Company), nature walks, a new guided hike series, and more!

Weis will also host school field trips for many area towns. And renovations on the main building

and cabins continues, with work on the bathrooms, foundation, and a new coat of paint.

Be Part Of This Exciting Effort!

Donate Online: Use the Donate button to become a Member, or to make an additional donation by credit card or PayPal account.

A great option that provides predictable income is to become a Sustainer!  Just click the Donate button and check the box under the heading "Make This Recurring". Then enter the amount you want to donate each month for your Membership; this will become your Recurring Monthly Payment. You can end or modify recurring payments at any time.

Donate by Mail: print, complete and mail the Membership Donation Form.

Membership Categories:

  • Basic: $25 - $45

  • Supporter: $50 - $75

  • Advocate: $100 - $200

  • Friend: $250 - $450

  • Patron: $500 and above

  • Benefactor: $2,000 and above

Note: The Highlands Nature Friends qualifies as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.

All membership donations to HNF are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law!

Every Membership Is Important!

  • Membership demonstrates the great public support that we know exists for this effort to save Weis and bring back popular programs and events for the community and region.

  • Membership donations have already helped cover many expenses, such as: filing fees for NJ incorporation and IRS non-profit status; title search services to transfer the property; liability insurance and ongoing costs for e-mail service and web hosting.

  • Your continued membership donations will be essential to cover the additional expenses we now face with ownership, including building insurance, fire alarm maintenance, bringing utilities back online, etc. - not to mention building repairs and tree work!

  • Member benefits: membership at any or our category levels qualifies for discounts on programs, such as our day camps!

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