News & Notes

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▶ Teachers: book your fall 2020 Field Trip NOW!
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Facility rentals for parties, meetings, special events. Add a nature program, guided hike, or goat yoga for a unique event​​​​

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

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​​​​​​​​​​Upcoming Public Programs​​​

▶ Apr 26: VIRTUAL "Music at Midvale" Open Mic​ (via our Facebook)

Scout Programs

▶ Apr 10: BSA Merit Badge - Communications (online)

▶ Apr 25: BSA Merit Badge - Bird Study (online)

▶ May 9: BSA Merit Badge - Nature (online)

Nature Day Camps

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

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

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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!

3/31/20 UPDATE: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The New Weis Center is closed and all onsite, in-person programs and events are postponed or cancelled through (at least) the end of April.

We are working to move some programs to an online format (such as Scout badges) and to provide additional content and information to support the community during this challenging time. We will post additional updates on our website and Facebook page as they are available, including rescheduled dates for postponed events, and we'll contact everyone who registered for events directly.

We thank you for your support during this difficult time!

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

Please support The New Weis Center by becoming a member, renewing your membership, or making an emergency 1-time donation to help us survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Our fixed costs such as utilities and insurance still continue, and we need your help to weather this crisis! Donations are tax deductible - and MUCH appreciated. THANK YOU!