​For more information or to request a custom program, please contact our Lead Educator Jill Burgy: jburgy@ramapo.edu, 973-835-2160


Our homeschool programs are developed by our award-winning Lead Educator, Jill Burgy, and conducted by Jill and our team of environmental educators. Our hands-on programs are designed to expand and enrich your current science curriculum. Field study programs may be scheduled throughout the year and are rain or shine; students should dress appropriately for outdoor portions of the programs. 8 student minimum class size

The New Weis Center is a living laboratory situated on 152 acres in the beautiful Highlands region of northern NJ.

facilities include hiking trails, a brook, recreation field, covered pavilion, picnic grove, fire circle, and rain garden. The main building has a large multi-purpose room, classrooms, and restrooms. For details about usage, reservations and fees, please click the 'Visit" tab above.

An Aquaponics sustainable farming system and hugelkultur gardens will open in mid-2018, and will provide opportunities for additional onsite, hands-on learning.

Staff, led by Lead Educator Jill Burgy, provides an attentive, hands-on learning experience and the applied skills to foster a lifelong curiosity for science and nature.

Our programs are designed around New Jersey state standards, and provide technical skill development while immersed in the natural beauty and ecological diversity of the Ramapo Mountains.

Programs run rain or shine.

Please dress appropriately!

Winter Science Lab Series

Our winter lab series was a hit, and we'll be back soon with more dates. These STEM focused classes look at different aspects of science in everyday life. This is a drop-off program for pre-registered/pre-paid participants only.

Math: Nature's Numbers
Earth Science: Finding Our Place In Space

Chemistry: Ice-creamology

Physics: Trebuchets-Medieval machines

To arrange one of these classes for your homeschool group or coop, please contact us!

Lab Series Class Details

  • Grades: 3rd-5th (suggested ages 8-11)
  • Class size: minimum 8, maximum 12
  • Instructor: Lead Educator Jill Burgy
  • Fee: $16 per student, $14 family discount for siblings (ALL siblings receive discount!)
  • Payment is due prior to the class, unless you are registering less than 7 days in advance, and is non-refundable
  • Student drop-off at 12:45 pm, 15 minute introduction, lesson begins at 1:00pm

Additional Homeschool Programs and Field Trips

We welcome homeschool individuals, groups and co-ops throughout the year, and can create a custom program to suit your learning objectives. Please contact us if you are interested in a program or subject that is not listed.​ 

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