News & Notes

▶ ​Internship opportunities! Apply now for winter/spring 2020
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Facility rentals for parties, meetings, special events. Add a nature program, hike, goat yoga or flow arts for a unique event
▶ ​​Seeking 
corporate donors and sponsors to help us grow!​​​​​​​​​​​​​
▶ We need YOU! Join our 
volunteer team​​

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. 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.

2019 Membership

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


​​Upcoming Programs & Events ​​​​​​​​​ 
▶ Dec 7: BSA Geocaching merit badge
▶ Dec 21: Goat Yoga - Totes Goats
▶ Dec 23, 27, 30: 
Winter break nature programs for ages 6-12!
▶ Dec 29: Acoustic
Open Mic
▶ Jan 24: 
Acting/Improv Workshop - Iron Mountain Stage Co.
▶ Jan 25: Goat Yoga - Totes Goats
▶ Jan 26: Acoustic
Open Mic
▶ Feb 22:
Goat Yoga - Totes Goats


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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 to 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 new programs that educate and connect people with nature and the environment.

  • Develop partnerships to bring additional unique programs and events to the Center.

2019... NEW Programs, Partnerships and Special Events!

We have exciting plans in store for 2019 and beyond! We will continue to expand our offerings of seasonal activities, educational talks and walks, and school field trips. We are adding a new summer camp week for ages 12-14, and a second week of spring-break camp in April, to serve more of the surrounding communities.

We'll host Scout badge classes, campfire circles, overnight camping, and Eagle projects. Through our program partners, we are pleased to present community theatre productions and workshops (Iron Mountain Stage Co.), goat yoga (Totes Goats), primitive skills classes (Earth Living Skills), an obstacle adventure course and fitness classes (Temple Qinesis) and NEW afterschool nature-based programs for kids/youth. Our acoustic open mic series continues to expand, and special events like Earth Day and National Trails Day celebrations return bigger and better.

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 a new educational camper garden will go in by summer, to lure more birds, bees and butterflies.

WHEW... there is a LOT going on at The New Weis Center!