​​​​​​​​​Upcoming Public Programs​​​

▶ Mar 21 & Apr 25: Goat Yoga - Totes Goats, LLC
▶ Feb 23 & Apr 26: "Music at Midvale" Acoustic
Open Mic

▶ Mar 22: Certified Wildlife Gardens - Bergen County Audubon

▶ Mar 27-29 & Apr 3-5: "Delval Divas" - Iron Mountain Stage Co.

▶ Mar 31: Natural/Recycled Birdfeeder Program

▶ Apr 4: Forest of Frogs - Sr. Educator Sarah Crosby

▶ Apr 18: 4th annual Earth Day Celebration!

▶ Apr 22: Earth Day afterschool program

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

Scout Programs

▶ Feb 29 & Mar 14: BSA Merit Badge - Citizenship in the Community
▶ Apr 10: BSA Merit Badge -

▶ Apr 25: BSA Merit Badge - Bird Study

▶ May 9: BSA Merit Badge - Nature

Nature Day Camps

▶ Open Houses:

  • Feb 27 - at Wanaque Library
  • Mar 7 - at New Weis Center (includes a mini-hike & nature craft)
  • Mar 25 - at Ringwood Library

▶ Apr 13-17: Spring Break Nature Camp for ages 6-12

▶ Jul 6-Aug 21: Summer Nature Camp for ages 6-14​


News & Notes

▶ Don't miss the Banff Mountain Film Festival Feb 25-26, Suffern, NY 

Job Opening: P/T Environmental Educator/Naturalist (ongoing)

▶ Job Opening: F/T Summer Nature Camp Educator/Naturalist

▶ Staff UpdatesSarah Crosby joins us as a full-time Sr. Educator

▶ We WON ANJEE's Excellence in Environmental Education Award!

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

▶ ​Internship opportunities! Apply now for winter/spring & summer

▶ Teachers: book your 2020 Field Trip NOW!
▶ ​​​Follow: Instagram 
@thenewweiscenter; Facebook @newweiscenter
Facility rentals for parties, meetings, special events. Add a nature program, guided hike, or goat yoga for a unique event​​​​

▶ Scouts: book your spring camping trip or firecircle NOW
Volunteers are needed for our Special Events, Gardens & Grounds, Fundraising, and Arts Committees

▶ Become a Member: support the Center and get year-round benefits

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

Become a Member! 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.Learn more

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!​

More Ways To Help


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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 schoolfield trips. We are expanding the age range for summer nature camp (ages 6-14) and adding special weekend family programming. 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, and our Earth Day celebration will be even bigger and better. We'll also be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Nature Friends purchase of the property on Saturday, May 30th - 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 a LOT going on at The New Weis Center!