2020 SpringBreakCamp!

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 any of our 2019 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.


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 16-31.
  • No refunds will be given for cancellations on or after April 1.
  • Late registrations are subject to the refund schedule above.
  • ​In cases of cancellation due to major illness 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.


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 Summer Camp for ages 6-14 too!

​​​​​​​Spring Exploration: Plants, Animals, Weather and Water!
Regrowth & Rebirth!  
Campers will explore some of the most distinctive signs of spring, including wildflowers, spring ephemerals, and flowering trees during forest hikes. We'll use plants for craft inspiration, and play some fun plant-themed games.

Weather & 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 have fun with water experiments.
All About Animals!  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.

Surprise Special Guests!  We can't tell you who they are... but they will be awesome!

Note: the activities will vary 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 games, 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:

  • Monday, April 13 - Friday, April 17
  • 9:00am - 3:00pm (extended care is not available)


Price (per camper)

Full Week (5 days)
   $275
​​ - Standard Rate
   $255 - Early Bird (register on or before February 15) / Siblings Discounted Rate

   $235 - Current New Weis Center Members*

*Membership at the "Supporter" ($75) level or above is required to take advantage of camp and other program discounts. Membership is tax-deductible with year-round benefits, and is non-refundable. Not sure if you're a member? Contact Us or Join/Renew NOW!

Note: Partial week registration is available (3 or 4 days/week); deduct $30/day from the prices above.

Our Spring Awakening program is for ages 6-12. Our beautiful 152 acre property features a historic main building, covered pavilion, picnic grove, recreation field, classrooms, hiking trails, and a stream for nature programs and exploring. The program runs from April 13th-17th (5 days) when many area schools are off for 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).

Spring Awakening! Discover what makes Springtime so special

April 13 - 17  |  9:00am-3:00pm  |  ​Ages 6-12​​