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.

Payments and Donations

The New Weis Center for Education, Arts & Recreation  |  150 Snake Den Road, Ringwood, NJ 07456  |  973-835-2160

Owned and operated by the Highlands Nature Friends, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization

DONATE TODAY! Please join or renew your membershipto support The New Weis Center

Become a Member!

Your support is essential to help with the expenses of owning and operating the non-profit Center, and restoring the historic buildings and grounds. Join or renew at any time and receive 12 full months of benefits, including discounts on facility rentals, programs and camps. Or become a "Sustaining" member with an automatic monthly donation of any amount, that you can start and stop at any time. Plus, your membership is tax-deductible! Learn more​​

Show your SUPPORT: Join or Renew Your Membership, or Make a 1-Time Donation!

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 insurance, ongoing building restoration and repairs, and tree work! Recurring automatic monthly memberships are especially appreciated! More info

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


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

  • Follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@thenewweiscenter)

  • Volunteer your time, skills, or services

  • Donate supplies and materials (list of current needs)

  • Purchase a gift from our Amazon Wish List and have it shipped right to us! Options for every budget, from $8-$200! Be sure to ship it to: The New Weis Center at 150 Snake Den Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456

​​​News & Notes​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​▶ Stop by and see the progress on our new native plant pollinator garden in front of the main building! 

Facility rentals Reserve the covered pavilion, field, or firecircle for your next party, meeting, or special event.​​​

▶ Become a Member! Join now or renew your membership.

​​​​​​Don't miss out! More ways to see what's going on at Weis:

▶ Like and Follow us on Instagram @thenewweiscenter

▶ Like and Follow us on Facebook @newweiscenter​​ 

▶ Sign up to receive email updates for upcoming programs and events

​▶ Follow our Eventbrite page to learn about and register for programs ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Upcoming Programs​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​▶ Sat, Jun 13, 9am-12pm: Volunteer Day!

▶ Sat, Jul 13, 1-5:30pm: BSA Plant Science Merit Badge

​▶ Sat, Jul 13, 1-2:30pm: Weis History Walk

▶ Sun, Jul 14, 10-11:30am: Forest Bathing Sensory Walk
▶ Sat, Jul 27, 1-5pm: BSA Pulp & Paper Merit Badge

​▶ Sun, Jul 28, 3-5pm: Acoustic Open Mic

Summer Camp!

▶ 2nd-5th grade Nature Camp - 4 Weeks: Jul 22-26 (Animal Adventures), Jul 29-Aug 2 (Backwoods Survival), Aug 5-9 (Arts in the Wild) & Aug 12-16 (Elemental Exploration).

▶ 6th-9th grade Emerging Ecologists Camp - 2 3-day sessions: Jul 30-Aug 1 (Highlands Homesteaders) & Aug 6-8 (Nature Tech Adventures)​