News & Notes​​​​

▶ Welcome to our new Senior Educator & Naturalist: Erica Garfinkle!

​​​​​​▶ We are honored to receive a grant from Bergen County Audubon Society for native tree and shrub plantings in front of our main building!

​​​​​▶ We won Hulafrog's 2022 "Most Loved All Around Camp" award!

​​Facility rentals Reserve our pavilion, field, or firecircle for your next party, meeting, or special event

​​​▶ Nature Birthday​​​​ Parties! Educator-led program plus pavilion rental

▶ Social: Instagram @thenewweiscenter; Facebook @newweiscenter

​​​​​​▶ Effective March 7, 2022: masks are optional (inside & out)​​​​​​​​​​​


The Highlands Nature Friends, Inc., is the 501(c)3 nonprofit owner and operator of The New Weis Center for Education, Arts & Recreation. With the help of our board, staff and volunteers, and the support of our partners and the surrounding community, we continue our focus on restoring the buildings and improving the gardens and grounds of our 150+ acre property, and offering a broad range of programs and events for all ages.

Our Goals

  • Create a year-round, dynamic Center with a broad range of programs and events for all ages!

  • Preserve and restore the historic buildings and grounds.

  • Develop and present programs that educate and connect people with nature and the environment.

  • Develop partnerships to bring additional unique programs and events to the Center.

  • Support students seeking an environmental career through internships, mentoring and volunteer opportunities

Join or renew your membership; Make an additional 1-time donation

Show your SUPPORT: Join or Renew Your Membership, or Make a 1-Time Donation!

We hope you'll join this exciting effort by becoming a member or renewing your annual membership. Memberships are on a rolling basis, so you can join at any time throughout the year. Your support is essential to cover the expenses of owning and operating the Center, including insurance, ongoing building restoration and repairs, and tree work!

Use the Donate button above to become a Member, Renew, or make an ​additional Donation by credit card or PayPal.


Membership at any level is appreciated, but we hope you will consider providing additional support by becoming a sustaining member (recurring monthly donation), joining at a higher level or making an additional one-time donation. We also welcome memorial donations to honor a loved one. ​Memberships and donations are fully tax deductible!​

More Ways To Help

Become a Member! Your support is essential to help with the expenses of owning and operating the Center. Join or renew at any time and receive 12 full months of benefits, including discounts on facility rentals, programs and camps. Plus, your membership is tax deductible! Learn more​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In-Person Outdoor Programs​​​​​​​

▶ Sep 20-Nov 8: Fall Homeschool 8-week session (age 6-10)

▶ ​Oct 8: Scouts BSA Geocaching Merit Badge

▶ Oct 9: Forest Bathing Walk - Adults (age 18+)
▶ Oct 9: Forest Bathing Walk - Families (age 5 -adult)

​​​​​​▶ Oct 15: Volunteer Day!

▶ Oct 16: Fall Migration Bird Walk (age 6-adult)

▶ ​Nov 5: Scouts BSA Communications Merit Badge

▶ Nov 6: Sunset Hike & Campfire (age 10-adult)

▶ Nov 13: Forest Bathing Walk - Adults (age 18+)
▶ Nov 13: Forest Bathing Walk - Families (age 5 -adult)