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.

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

Lab Series Class Details

  • Grades: 3rd-5th (suggested ages 8-11)
  • Class size: minimum 8, maximum 12
  • Instructor: Lead Educator Jill Burgy
  • 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
  • Student drop-off at 12:45 pm, 15 minute introduction, lesson begins at 1:00pm

Have a large group? Don't want to wait for next winter? Contact us NOW to arrange one of these classes 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, Birds and Beyond, and The Great American Forest. 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.​ 

Half day field trips (up to 2 hours): $9 per student; Full-day field trips (2 to 4 hours): $12 per student

Minimum class size: 8. Payment is due prior to the scheduled visit.

​For more information or to schedule a program, please contact our Lead Educator Jill Burgy:

​, 973-835-2160

The New Weis Center is a living laboratory situated on 152 acres in the beautiful Highlands region of northern New Jersey. Our facilities include 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. In warm weather, we can include a visit to the Highlands Natural Pool, a mountain stream-fed, Olympic size pool. An Aquaponics sustainable farming system and butterfly/pollinator garden will open in 2018, and will provide opportunities for additional onsite 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. 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.

Programs run rain or shine. 
Please dress appropriately!