for Education, Arts & Recreation
Photography: Jon Berry & Anne Siebecker
New Membership / Renewals
Photography: Vera Lazaar
Upcoming Programs & Events (More Info)
- Opening Day Celebration: Saturday, Jun 11 from 10-3!
Activities including: mini-program sessions, nature walks
history talks, tours. Plus music, food, games, crafts, more
- Guided kayak tours: Jul 14 & 23, Aug 7
- Next Generation Science Standards teacher workshops:
Jul 5-8: grades 4 & 5; Aug 8-11: grades 1-3
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The Highlands Nature Friends, Inc. (HNF) is now the proud owner of the former Weis Ecology Center in Ringwood, New Jersey! We have renamed this special place: The New Weis Center for Education, Arts and Recreation.
On November 10, 2015, the New Jersey Audubon Society signed a new deed turning the property over to us and handed us the keys, bringing to a close our nearly 2-year effort to preserve the property and buildings. We thank NJ Audubon for making this possible.
We are busy planning our Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, June 11 (from 10-3), getting the property and main building ready for action, and preparing to launch our first season of programs this summer!
Preserve the historic buildings.
Create a new, dynamic Center, and bring back popular educational programs.
Establish a broad range of new programs and events for kids, families and adults!
Upcoming Programs, Partnerships and Events
Lots of exciting plans are in the works! Kicking off with our Opening Day Celebration on
June 11th, this summer we'll offer 1-day and 4-day nature camps, NGSS teacher training
workshops, guided kayak tours at Monksville Reervoir (partnership with Greenwood Lake
Paddleboards) and more! And stop by and see us at the local Farmers Markets. Learn more
Weis Family Matching Fund
We are thrilled to say that we met one of our fundraising goals of raising $12, 000 for the matching fund, which was generously established by the extended Weis family! Thank you to the Weis family and to all who contributed. We appreciate your support.
Be Part Of This Exciting Effort!
Donate Online: Use the Donate button to become a Member, or to make an additional donation by credit card or PayPal account. Thank you for your support!
A great option that provides predictable income is to become a Sustainer! Just click the Donate button and check the box under the heading "Make This Recurring". Then enter the amount you want to donate each month for your Membership; this will become your Recurring Monthly Payment. You can end or modify recurring payments at any time.
Donate by Mail: print, complete and mail the Membership Donation Form.
Basic: $25 - $45
Supporter: $50 - $75
Advocate: $100 - $200
Friend: $250 - $450
Patron: $500 and above
Benefactor: $2,000 and above
Note: The Highlands Nature Friends qualifies as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.
All membership donations to HNF are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law!
Every membership is important!
Membership demonstrates the great public support that we know exists for this effort to save Weis and bring back popular programs and events for the community and region.
Membership donations have already helped cover many expenses, such as: filing fees for NJ incorporation and IRS non-profit status; title search services to transfer the property; liability insurance and ongoing costs for e-mail service and web hosting.
Your continued membership donations will be essential to cover the additional expenses we now face with ownership, including building insurance, fire alarm maintenance, bringing utilities back online, etc. - not to mention building repairs and tree work!
Member benefits: membership at any or our category levels qualifies for discounts on programs, such as our day camps!