Upcoming Programs & Events


News & Notes

  • 4 NEW Nature-based Kids/Youth Afterschool Programs!
  • Awarded a 2018 grant from NJ Open Space and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund for repairs and improvements!
  • Great article about our recent mushroom foray
  • NJ Monthly article on goat yoga, featuring Weis and Totes Goats
  • Jill Burgy, Lead Educator & Camp Director, receives Bergen County Audubon Society's 2018 Teacher of the Year Award!
  • Follow us onInstagram @thenewweiscenter
  • Like us on Facebook for more news, updates and pictures
  • Facility rentals for parties, meetings or events. Indoor/outdoor options in a rustic, woodsy setting.
  • Student internships gain field experience. Apply NOW!
  • Seeking corporate donors and sponsors to help us grow!​​​​

Join or Renew your annual membership!

​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.

2018... Programs, Partnerships and Events!

We have exciting plans in store for 2018 and beyond! We will continue to expand our offerings of seasonal activities, educational talks and walks, school field trips and homeschool classes. We'll host Scout merit badge classes, campfires circles, overnight camping, and Eagle projects. Through our program partners, we are pleased to present theatre productions (Iron Mountain Stage Co.), goat yoga (Totes Goats), primitive skills classes (Earth Living Skills) and afterschool nature-based programs for kids/youth. Plus the launch of a "Music at Midvale" acoustic open mic series, photography exhibits, and special events like Earth Day and National Trails Day celebrations. Renovations on the main building and cabins will continue, and new gardens and pathways are being established!​. WHEW... there is a lot going on at The New Weis Center!

Become a Member TODAY!

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.

2018 Membership Categories

Membership at any level is appreciated, but we hope you will consider providing additional support by joining at a higher level or making an additional donation. We also welcome memorial donations to honor a loved one.

  • Basic:  $35-$59
  • Supporter:  $60-$99
  • Advocate:  $100-$249
  • Friend:   $250-$499
  • Patron: $500-$1,999
  • Benefactor:  $2,000+

​Memberships and donations are fully tax deductible!​

Member Benefits

  • Get email updates about the latest Weis happenings and upcoming programs and events.
  • ​Invitations to special members-only gatherings and events.
  • Free use of the covered pavilion, picnic tables and gaga pit (with advance reservation).
  • All members receive discounts on camps, facility rentals, and our Partners Totes Goats, Earth Living Skills, Highlands Natural Pool and Iron Mountain Stage Co.
  • Members at the Friend, Patron and Benefactor level receive a reusable, aluminum Weis water bottle.
  • Members at the Benefactor level are entitled to 2 free tickets to an Iron Mountain Stage Company performance at Weis.

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