​​​​​​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, sponsors and the community, we are working hard to get the property and main building ready for action, and preparing to launch our first season of programs this summer!

Our Goals

  • Preserve the historic buildings.

  • Create a new, dynamic Center, and bring back popular educational programs.

  • Establish a broad range of new programs and events for kids, families and adults!

Upcoming Programs, Partnerships and Events

Lots of exciting plans are in the works this fall! Family activities, Scput programs, theater

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

Weis will also host school filed trips and programs for home schoolers. And renovations on the

main building and cabins continue, with work on the bathrooms, foundation, and a new coat of

paint. Stay tuned for more info...

Weis Family Matching Fund

We are thrilled to say that we met one of our fundraising goals of raising $12, 000 for the matching fund, which was generously established by the extended Weis family! Thank you to the Weis family and to all who contributed. We appreciate your support.

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. Thank you for your support!

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!

More Ways To Help

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Upcoming Programs & Events
  - Scouting programs (merit badges, campfire circles)

  - Iron Mountain Stage Co. show (Oct/Nov)

  - School field trips are coming to Weis

  - Fall nature walks and hikes!

 News & Notes
  - Volunteers, services & supplies are needed! Help us whittle

    down our list
  - Follow us on Facebook for more updates and pictures!

Photography: Jon Berry & Anne Siebecker

New Membership / Renewals

Photography: Vera Lazaar

​​​​The New Weis Center

for Education, Arts & Recreation