​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​UPCOMING EVENTS

Please note: some programs require pre-registration and/or advance payment, please see details below


IN-PERSON PROGRAMS


​​​​​​Jan 5-Feb 23:Homeschool Winter Ecology program for ages 6-12!


Jan 7-Feb 25:"Nature Discovery" afterschool nature program for grades 1-4


​Jan 8-Feb 26: "Eco-Adventure Challenge" afterschool nature program for grades 5-8


▶ Jan 23, 1:00-2:30: Winter Geology Hike

​Join us for an easy/moderate naturalist-led walk through the forest to see some of the unique geological features found in our local forests. 

  • Small group size (max 16)
  • Open to all ages
  • Masks must be worn throughout; social distancing will be maintained to the greatest extent possible.
  • Parking is available in the outer lot on Snake Den Rd, or you may drive in through the outer gate and park near the main brick building.
  • Non-refundable; in the case of inclement weather, program will be rescheduled.

> $6 per person for current MEMBERS; $8 per person for non-members. REGISTER NOW!


​​​▶ Feb 6, 11:00am-1:30pm: Primitive Firemaking Class, from Joe Blevis, co-founder of Earth Living Skills


▶ Feb 13, 1:00-2:30: Valentines' Nature Craft

​​​▶ Feb 15, 9:00-3:00: Presidents' Day 1-Day
Mini Nature Camp​


▶ Saturdays from Feb 20-Mar 13: Maple Sugaring!

Dates: Feb 20, 27, Mar 6, 13.  2 sessions per day: 10:00-11:30am & 1:00-2:30pm

We are excited to offer public programs about the process, history, and ecology of maple sap & syrup. Programs are open to all ages, so bring your friends and family! Private classes may also be scheduled for you group or scout troop.

  • A short hike learning about winter tree ID, sap ecology, and tree biology 
  • The history of tree tapping and some of the many things sap is used for
  • Visit the tapped trees where we'll learn how to tap and collect and taste the sap
  • Visit to the evaporator
  • A syrup taste test, of course! (COVID-19 health and safety measures will be in effect throughout. Masks are required)

Health and Safety precautions:

  • Small group size (max 16)
  • Open to all ages
  • Outdoor program; please dress accordingly
  • Masks must be worn throughout; social distancing will be maintained to the greatest extent possible.

Non-refundable; in case of inclement weather, program will be rescheduled.

​> $8 per person. REGISTER NOW!


ON HOLD due to the COVID-19 pandemic

We will resume these popular programs when circumstances allow


The last Sunday of the month, 3:00-5:00pm: Music at Midvale Acoustic Open Mic
Join us near the old farmhouse for an afternoon of acoustic all 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.


Goat Yoga - classes will resume as soon as possible
45 minutes of Vinyasa yoga with the fun and frisky goats from Totes Goats! Perfect for beginners.


SCOUT PROGRAMS

Learn about all of our badge programs, camping and campfire options, and facility rentals.

​​EDUCATION, ARTS & RECREATION


​Education

Programs for individuals and groups of all ages

  • Public programs: include guided nature walks and talks byWeis staffand guest experts, historical and culture programs, as well as special presentations and events.
  • After-school nature programs for grades 1-12
  • Primitive survival skills classes taught by Joe Blevis of Earth Living Skills. Topics include firebuilding, primitive cooking, shelter making, bird languages, basketry, local plants, awareness & movement.
  • Group programs: include field trips for schools,homeschoolers, rec departments and area camps.
  • Nature focused day camps and during thesummerand winter and spring schoolbreaks.


Arts

Performing Arts
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 a special holiday show and acting improv workshops several times a year. On Hold due to COVID-19


Music

"Music at Midvale" Acoustic Open Mic! An afternoon of live music on the last Sunday afternoon each month. Signup to perform at the door starting at 2:30pm; music starts at 3:00 and ends at 5:00pm. Light refreshments are available. Details and performance guidelines. Resumes Spring 2021!


"Music at Midvale" Concert Series. On Hold due to COVID-19


Photography

  • Exhibit of landscape and nature photographs, taken locally by Joann Lightbody, a lifelong Ringwood, NJ resident. Joann has captured the beauty of the area in her photos, which are on display in the main building.
  • Enjoy an exhibit of inspiring nature photography by talented local artists Vera Lazar, Tom Tarbutton, and Karin Ahmed! Main building.


Recreation

Goat Yoga! Classes conducted by Totes Goats LLC. An hour of Vinyasa yoga and time to ask questions and play with the adorable goats. On hold due to COVID-19


Guided Hikes 

Public guided hikes may be offered throughout the year, and can be scheduled for private groups, party or special event. 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. 


Swimming in 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.


Scouting

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!


If you have the option to include a note, please indicate what your payment is for (i.e. new membership, renewal, program payment, etc.)

COVID-19 GUIDELINES (updated 1/1/21): We are open for OUTDOOR programs and are following recommended health and safety guidelines. Masks MUST be worn at all programs and when using the indoor restrooms; social distancing will be maintained to the greatest extent possible.