​COVID-19 Health & Safety Precautions
We follow all recommended federal, state and local guidelines to help keep our participants and their families and friends safe.
We have also implemented additional safety measures:

  • Small group size
  • Program is outdoors, except for restroom breaks 
  • Masks must be worn indoors by staff AND students
  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting protocols for restrooms
  • HEPA filter air purifiers in the indoor classrooms, in case we need to take shelter (unexpected inclement weather or an emergency)

​​​​​ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (1st-4th)  &  MIDDLE SCHOOL (5th-8th)

Fridays, September 24-November 12, 4:00-6:00pm

The 8-week programs run from 4:00-6:00pm, with the ability to drop off up until 4:30. 
Programs for Elementary and Middle School students are separate but simultaneous. The first 1/2 hour will be active group games in our field and picnic grove. At 4:30 the groups will separate for age appropriate activities.

Current Members at the Supporter ($75) level or above are eligible for the Members discount. If you would like to join now before registering, visit http://www.highlandsnaturefriends.org/membership.html.

If you are not sure if you are a current member, contact us before registering: info@highlandsnaturefriends.org, or call 973-835-2160.

PRICE - Payment in full is due upon registration

$210 - Non-member Standard Rate

$190 - Sibling Rate (all siblings)

$175 - New Weis Center Members (*Membership at the 'Supporter' $75 level or above is required)

Memberships are tax deductible with many year-round benefits. Not sure if you're a member? Contact Us or Join/Renew NOW!

We are only accepting registrations for full 8-week sessions.​​


​Our mission is to create a safe and supportive space for youth to build confidence and social skills, grow friendships and connect with nature.​ Programs will be held outdoors on our beautiful 152 acre property in the Highlands region of northern NJ. Our outdoor facilities include a picnic grove, recreation field, covered pavilion, firecircle, hiking trails, raingarden, butterfly garden and a brook.

This is a DROP-OFF class. Please drive in through the outer gate and our staff will meet you at the kiosk in the picnic grove​


  • Led by Senior Educator/Naturalist Sarah Crosby and trained adult Weis staff.
  • All lead staff are CPR/AED and First Aid certified.
  • Educator to student ratio of 1:9 or lower provides a safe and attentive environment.


  • A $25 processing fee applies to ALL refunds.
  • Due to the high demand and small group size, we cannot offer partial refunds if you miss a week.
  • Refunds after 9/7/21 will only be available if we can fill your spot.
  • ​Refunds due to major illness and/or family emergency will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

> We reserve the right to remove any child without refund due to unacceptable behavior, and to reschedule or change programs as needed.​

Looking for an active, social alternative to organized sports for your children?
Wishing the fun of summer nature camp could last all year long?

If so, our Nature Adventure After-school programs are a great option! We combine the fun and friendship of camp right along with learning about and exploring the natural world throughout the seasons. Each week we play active games, go hiking, and do hands-on nature exploration and experiments. Every 8-week, drop-off session is centered around the season and the changes that happen in the forest throughout the year. 
Programs will be held outdoors and include a focus on physical activity, peer socialization, seasonal ecology - and fun!


After-School Programs - FALL 2021