2017 Summer Day Camps!

The New Weis Center offers weekly summer day camp programs at our beautiful Ringwood location in the Highlands region of northern NJ! The 152 acre property features a historic main building, picnic facilities, a large recreational field and a stream for nature programs and exploring. Our site is also ideally situated adjacent to the Highlands Natural Pool and Norvin Green State Forest!


Each week of camp incorporates a different theme, to enhance your child’s enjoyment and understanding of the natural world. Not to mention the new friends and memories they will make! Days are filled with fun and exciting activities and hands-on learning experiences. Crafts and games will focus on nature, science and the environment, and will incorporate the beautiful natural surroundings. And swimming at the Highlands Natural Pool gives campers a chance to cool off while supervised by certified pool lifeguards.


  • Staffed by educators from our partnership with Ramapo College and trained Weis volunteer staff.
  • Camp programs will operate in compliance with all NJ Department of Health Youth Camp standards.
  • All Counselors are CPR and First Aid certified.
  • Low Counselor to Camper ratio provides a safe and attentive environment for all campers.
  • Optional pre-care and after-care provided by Skylands Learning Center at their facility (busing provided).


Each week has a different theme! Our counselors will customize the activities and crafts to suit all ages.

Week 1: June 26–30  Nature Detectives

  • Campers will discover the forest in a way they never have before! This week is all about discovery, bringing your child closer to nature and engaging their curiosity about the world around them. Through science we will spend the week solving the mysteries of our forest, exploring the Weis property and learning the internal systems that keep this ecosystem alive. Campers will take a close look at the forest floor, track animals, identify animal tracks and scat, build ‘nests’, dissect logs and identify plants, all in the pursuit of science!  

Week 2*: July 5–7 (3 days) Weis Through the Decades

  • Weis Through the Decades: We are so lucky to have our nature center located on such a history rich property. This week we will take the campers through the decades learning, the different games, activities, and styles ca  mpers have been doing here throughout the years. Filled with special guest appearances, historic photos, and a new understanding of our area during a different era.  

Week 3: July 10–14  Wilderness Survival

  • Every camper’s dream... to survive in the wild! Campers will have the chance to get down and dirty with survival. Learning the dynamic techniques and strategies of survival, your camper will enjoy learning the basics of wilderness first aid, finding their way out of the woods, building effective shelters, fire building basics, and other useful skills.

Week 4: July 17-21  Keepers of the Forest

  • Stewardship is an important part of valuing nature and keeping the resources of the earth healthy. This week we will engage campers in a variety of stewardship activities around the property. Campers will have the chance to plant, pull, and grow - but they might not be the only warriors on the property that day! Using the skills they gain through their projects, campers will work together to create a plan that will help save the forest!

Week 5: July 24–28  Ancient Times

  • Let’s take it even further back! Campers will explore the prehistoric lay of the land, learning about the different species that walked the Northern Highlands Region. Exploring the geological significance of our rocks and spending some quality times searching, cataloging, and discovering the use of some ‘ancient artifacts’.

Week 6: July 31–August 4  ​Imaginarium

  • The natural world has been the inspiration for countless works of art throughout the world. This week is your child’s chance to channel their inner artist and discover some creative, nature-based art forms. Campers will have the chance to perform, write, create- and have fun!


  • Ages: 6-12
  • Camp Hours: Monday - Friday*, from 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Enrollment:  Limited to 35 campers per session
  • Price:  $200 per child, per week. Discounts for members, early bird signup, multiple weeks and siblings are available
  • Pre-care & After-care:  Optional pre-care (7:00am-9:00am) and after-care (3:00pm-6:00pm) are available for an additional fee through The Skylands Learning Center. Campers will be bused between SLC and Weis. SLC will bill separately for pre/after care services. Prices and registration available online at SLC. 

PRICE  (weeks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6)

$200 - per camper, per week. Sign up for 1 week or multiple weeks!
DISCOUNTS (ONE type of discount per family)

$175 - Current Members of The Highlands Nature Friends/Weis

Membership can be at any of our category levels, but additional support is appreciated. 

Not sure if you are a current member? Contact Us and we'll let you know - or JOIN/RENEW NOW!

$180 - Current Members of The Highlands Natural Pool
$185Sibling and/or Multi-week signups

*PRICE  (week 2) Due to the July 4th holiday, camp will only be 3 days this week
- per camper, per week. Sign up for 1 week or multiple weeks!
DISCOUNTS (ONE type of discount per family)
$105 - Current Members of The Highlands Nature Friends/Weis
$110 - Current Members of The Highlands Natural Pool
$115 - Sibling and/or Multi-week signups


Download the Registration Form, complete and return with your payment. Once registration and payment is received, you will receive an email confirmation with additional camper information and health forms which must be returned one week prior to the start of camp. ONLINE registration coming soon!


We welcome group field trips, such as municipal recreation departments, scouts, and other clubs. To book a private date, or to discuss field trips for larger groups, please Contact Us.