our Camp Director, professional adult educators from our partnership with Ramapo College and trained Weis staff.
2019 CAMP FEES (per camper, per week)
$255 - Standard weekly rate (M-F)
$240 - Early bird (on or before April 15), siblings, multiple week signups
$225 - Current 2019 members of The New Weis Center/Highlands Nature Friends*
*Membership at the "Supporter" level or above is required to take advantage of camp and program discounts. Membership is a tax-deductible donation with year-round benefits, and is non-refundable. Not sure if you're a member? Contact Us or JOIN/RENEW NOW!
Once we receive your online registration, we'll email an invoice with instructions for how to pay by mail or online by credit card. Your registration is not complete until payment in full is received!
Upon receipt of payment, you'll receive an email with a health form, waiver and photo release form. We'll also send a parents handbook, which 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 your child's first day at camp.
Cancellation & Refunds
>We reserve the right to remove any child without refund due to unacceptable behavior, and to reschedule, or change programs as needed.
Summer 2019 Highlands Expedition Nature Day Camp
"The building blocks of self-esteem are belonging, learning, and contributing. Camps offer unique opportunities for children to succeed in these three vital areas and even beyond home and school."
Michael Popkin, Ph.D., family therapist & founder of Active Parenting
We are excited to offer a NEW 1 week program for older campers ages 12-14! This new program will feature more in-depth activities, explorations and concepts, as we immerse our campers in nature, focus on place-based adventures, and encourage creativity through featured daily lessons, activities, games and special guests.
The goal of our Highlands Expedition Camp is to immerse campers in discovery of our local ecosystems, to allow them to learn about their backyard ecology and gain a sense a responsibility towards stewardship of that land. There will be guided lessons through discussion, games and crafts, and encouragement of individual learning through journaling and research.
Our goal is to create a safe and supportive space for campers to express themselves, build confidence, grow friendships and have FUN - and learn some science along the way. By engaging campers in outdoor learning, we hope to provide them with an unforgettable summer camp experience and a lifelong connection to the world around them.
The 152-acre property features a historic main building, picnic grove, large recreational field, covered pavilion, fire circle, hiking trails, raingarden, and a brook for nature programs and exploring. Our site is also ideally situated adjacent to the Highlands Natural Pool for swimming and Norvin Green State Forest for additional explorations!
DATE/TIME: Monday, August 19 - Friday, August 23, 9:00am-3:00pm
2 times during the week we'll swim in the Highlands Natural Pool. The pool is adjacent to our property, and is an olympic size, chemical-free, mountain stream fed, with experienced, certified lifeguards.
Sample Daily Schedule (9:00am - 3:00pm)
9:00 am - Camper drop off at The New Weis Center's main gate
9:30 am - Daily welcome, review of the day ahead, camper garden
10:00 am - Featured daily activity
12:00 pm - Lunch - campers will eat at various locations throughout the week
12:30 pm - Open rec time - field activities, arts & crafts, individual learning and education
1:00-2:30 pm -
Pool days: (2 times/wk): swimming and games at the adjacent Highlands Natural Pool
Non-pool days: Forest immersion, adventure challenge activities, nature-based art, science projects
2:30 pm - Daily recap, journaling, cleanup and prep for the next day
3:00 pm - Camper pickup
Note: the schedule above may be rearranged or updated to accommodate the weather, site conditions and special guests