Our homeschool programs are conducted by our team of experienced environmental educators. Programs are designed to expand and enrich your current science curriculum. Field study programs may be scheduled for groups and co-ops on a year-round basiss

Programs are rain or shine; please dress appropriately

The New Weis Center is a living laboratory situated on 152 acres in the beautiful Highlands region of northern New Jersey. Our facilitiesinclude hiking trails, a brook, recreation field, covered pavilion, picnic grove, fire circle, rain garden and ecologically diverse forest. The main building has a large multi-purpose room, classrooms, and restrooms. An Aquaponicssustainable farming system and butterfly/pollinator garden will open in 2019-2020, and will provide opportunities for additional onsite learning.

Staff provides an attentive, hands-on learning experience and the applied skills to foster a lifelong curiosity for science and nature. Programs are designed around New Jersey state standards, and provide technical skill development while immersed in the natural beauty and diversity of the Ramapo Mountains. Our educators are First Aid & CPR certified, and receive additional training in sensitivity and conflict resolution to ensure a safe and rewarding visit.

Many of our partner programs can be included in your visit with advance notice, including goat yoga, farmyard animal discovery, obstacle adventure course, primitive skills, yoga and more! In warm weather, we can include a visit to the adjacent Highlands Natural Pool, a mountain stream-fed, Olympic size pool.

Science Lab Series Returns Soon!

Our winter lab series was a big hit, and we'll be back soon with more sessions. 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. Classes may include:

  • Math: Nature's Numbers
  • Earth Science: Finding Our Place In Space
  • Chemistry: Ice-creamology
  • Physics: Trebuchets-Medieval machines

Lab Series Class Details

  • Grades: K-8
  • Class size: minimum 8
  • Fee: varies per class; per student, with family discount for siblings (ALL siblings receive discount!)
  • Payment is due prior to the class, and is non-refundable
  • This is a drop-off class

Have a large group? Don't want to wait for a class to be scheduled?  Contact us NOW to arrange a class for your homeschool group or co-op anytime throughout the year!​

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. Our popular programs include: Discovering Aquatic Ecosystems, Funky Forest, Expedition Weis, and Highlands Forest Exploration. Many other nature, science and STEM focused programs are available. Please contact us if you are interested in a program or subject that is not listed.​ 

Field trips can be scheduled for half-days (up to 2 1/2 hours) or full days (2 1/2 to 5 hours). Prices range from $14-$20 per student, depending on the subject, program length, materials and class size. A minimum class size is required, and payment is upon registration.

​For more information or to schedule a program, please contact us or call: 973-835-2160