​Spring Exploration: Plants, Animals, Weather and Water!
is all about the most distinctive sign of spring: regrowth and rebirth! Campers will explore spring wildflowers and flowering trees during forest hikes, use plants for craft inspiration, and play some fun plant-themed games.

Wednesday  the focus is on weather and water. Campers will learn about the changing seasons and the role of our watershed by exploring the Blue Mine Brook, spring vernal pools, and our raingarden, and through water experiments.
Thursday  we'll enter the world of animals as we learn about their big jobs that happen every spring, including migration and reproduction, and learn how to observe, identify, track and inhabit the world of our local fauna.

Note: the schedule above may be rearranged or updated to accommodate the weather, site conditions and special guests

Activities include:

  • Hiking to amazing viewpoints and historic ruins
  • Exploring the forest for signs of animal habitat, the changing seasons, and the lifecycle of the forest
  • Plant and tree identification, including spring ephemeral flowers
  • Birdwatching to look for migrating birds, including using field guides and binoculars
  • Team-building games and nature inspired crafts
  • Indoor activities may include yoga-based activities, art projects and nature videos (Planet Earth/Nat'l Geographic)

​Staff and Safety

  • Camp Counselors are certified in First Aid and CPR/AED.
  • ​Our camp programs operate in compliance with all NJ Department of Health Youth Camp standards.
  • Low Counselor to Camper ratio provides a safe and attentive environment for all campers.
  • Counselors can customize the activities to suit campers' ages and preferences.
  • Enrollment is limited to 20 campers per session.

Camp Dates/Hours:

  • Tuesday, April 23 - Thursday, April 25, 9:00am-3:00pm


Prices are per camper, per day. Sign up for as many days as you like!
​​ - Standard Daily Rate
   $65 - Siblings and/or Multiple Day discounts

   $60 - Current 2019 New Weis Center Members

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

Register ONLINE!

Once we receive your online registration, we'll email an invoice with details about how to pay by mail or online by credit card. Your registration is not complete until payment is received!

Upon receipt of payment, you'll receive a confirmation email, which will also contain a parent handbook, a health form, waiver and photo release form. The handbook explains what campers should bring, how to dress, directions for drop off and pick up, camp rules, and other useful information. 

All forms must be completed and returned one week prior to camp. If you are a returning camper from our 2018 camps, your confirmation will contain any previously submitted forms. We ask that you take the time to review the information and confirm that it is still up to date or make appropriate changes.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions!
Email: info@highlandsnaturefriends.org or Office: (973) 835-2160

Be sure to check out our awesome July-August Summer Camps too!

2019 Spring Break Program!

Cancellation & Refunds

  • A $25 processing fee applies to ALL refunds. 
  • Full refunds (minus the $25 processing fee) will be given for cancellations on or before March 15
  • A 50% refund (minus the $25 processing fee) will be given for cancellations between March 16-April 1.
  • No refunds will be given for cancellations after April 1.
  • Late registration are subject to the refund schedule above.
  • ​In cases of cancellation due to major illness and/or family emergency, refunds will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

​​Note: Membership is a tax-deductible donation with year-round benefits, and is non-refundable.

The New Weis Center is excited to offer a Spring Exploration program for ages 6-12, at our beautiful location in the Highlands region of northern NJ! The 152 acre property features a historic main building, covered pavilion, picnic grove, large recreation field, classrooms, hiking trails, and a stream for nature programs and exploring.

This program runs during the 2 weeks in April when most area schools have spring break. Each day incorporates fun and immersive experiences and a variety of nature-focused activities, to enhance your child’s enjoyment and understanding of the wonderful world around them. Crafts and games will focus on ecology, science, flora and fauna and the environment, and will incorporate the natural surroundings. Much of each day will be spent outside (weather permitting).