EDUCATION, ARTS & RECREATION
Programs for individuals and groups of all ages
Iron Mountain Stage Company, a local non-profit theatre company that has been performing continuously since 1993, makes Weis their permanent home for rehearsals and performances. They present a spring and fall production, as well as fun public acting improv workshops.
May-Sep: "Music at Midvale" Acoustic Open Mic! Join us near the old farmhouse for an afternoon of acoustic, outdoors music (originals and covers). Please bring your own refreshments and a folding chair. Smoking and alcohol are not permitted on the property.
> $5 per person, additional donations welcome! Signup to perform from 2:30-3:00pm; music starts at 3:00. NO registration required. Details and performance guidelines
Guided Nature Hikes - Led by our Educators & Naturalists. Public guided hikes are offered throughout the year, and can also be scheduled for private groups, party or special events. Hikes are led by a first aid certified staff member, and may focus on local history, flora, and fauna found along the trail.Learn more about hiking at Weis and in the adjacent Norvin Green State Forest.
Forest Bathing Walks - Led by our Lead Educator Lauren Lynch
Seasonal programs - Including Pumpkin Chunkin' (fall), Natural Wreath Making (winter) and Maple Sugaring (Feb/Mar)
Swimming is available at our partners the Highlands Natural Pool, which is adjacent to our property. Experience a mountain-stream fed pool in a beautiful, forested setting. Snack bar on premises.
We are happy to welcome ALL Scout groups to The New Weis Center. We offer many programs for Scouts, including badge classes, service projects, camping and firecircles, and hosting special events. Please check our Scouting page for all the details and upcoming events!
The New Weis Center for Education, Arts & Recreation | 150 Snake Den Road, Ringwood, NJ 07456 | 973-835-2160
Owned and operated by the Highlands Nature Friends, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
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Pre-registration and/or advance payment is required for most programs. Parking for program attendees is available near the main brick building.
Join us for a 90-minute program as we learn about the process, history, and ecology of maple sap & syrup. We'll take a short hike to learn about winter tree ID, sap ecology, and tree biology, and discuss the history of tree tapping and some of the many things sap is used for. We'll visit our tapped trees where we'll learn how to tap, collect and taste the sap, then see how the evaporator works. We'll finish with a blind syrup taste test in the covered pavilion (with heaters)! Open to all ages, so grab your family and friends for a fun winter outing. There is an option to purchase local organic syrup if you like (cash or Venmo).
Group Maple Sugaring Programs
▶ Sun, Mar 3, 4-6pm: Maple Sugaring & Bonfire Social - Just for Adults!!
Join us for a fun afternoon as we learn about the process, history and ecology of maple sap and syrup. We will take a short hike to learn about winter tree ID, sap ecology, and tree biology, and discuss the history of tree tapping and some of the many things that sap is used for. We’ll visit our tapped trees where we’ll learn how to tap, collect, and taste the sap, then see how the evaporator works. Then we will have a blind syrup taste test in the covered pavilion (with heaters)! We'll end the program around a cozy bonfire with time to chat over hot chocolate.
▶ Sat, Mar 9, 1-5pm: BSA Pulp and Paper
There are 3 pre-requisites that must be done beforehand; we will review them during class
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▶ Wednesdays, Mar 20-Apr 17, 1:30-4:00pm: Homeschool Celebrate the Seasons (Ages 6-10)
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▶ Sat, Mar 23, 1-5pm: BSA Soil and Water Conservation
There are 2 pre-requisites that must be done beforehand; we will review them during class
▶ Sat, Apr 6: Scout Appreciation Day!
Join us as we celebrate Scouts BSA & Cub Scouts with discounted merit badges and free guided hikes, campfire, refreshments, and games.
▶ Sat, Apr 20: Earth Day Celebration