​​EDUCATION, ARTS & RECREATION

Programs for individuals and groups of all ages


​Education

  • Public programs: guided nature walks and hikes, led byWeis staff, historical and culture programs, first aid classes and special events.
  • Primitive survival skills classes taught by Joe Blevis, founder of Winding Waters Earth Skills. Topics include firebuilding, primitive cooking, shelter making, bird languages, basketry, local plants, awareness & movement.
  • Group programs: including field trips for schools,homeschoolers, rec departments and area camps.
  • Nature focused day camps 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 fun public acting improv workshops.


Music

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


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

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.


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!


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

Payments and Donations

Support The New Weis Center by making a tax-deductible DONATION and receive special member benefits! Learn more

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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.

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​▶ Feb 10 - Mar 3: Maple Sugaring!

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).

  • 3 public programs remaining for 2024: Saturday, Mar 2, 1:00-2:30pm & 3:30-5:00pm; Sunday, Mar 3, 10:30am-12:00pm
  • All ages; under 18 must be accompanied by a registered adult. No charge for children age 4 and under.
  • $18 per person

​> REGISTER NOW!

 Group Maple Sugaring Programs

  • Scout troops, schools, clubs, businesses and homeschool groups may schedule a Maple Sugaring program on a date of their choosing on weekdays or weekends in mid Feb-mid Mar
  • Minimum fee to schedule a group program is $225 (up to 10 participants); $18 for each additional participant over 10. No charge for up to 4 scout leaders/parents or school chaperones.
  • Small scout troops (under 10) may partner together or register for a public program (see above)
  • Since we can accommodate up to 20 participants, small troops or groups may be combined with other troops/groups or non-scout participants
  • Contact us to schedule: 973-835-2160 or email: staff@highlandsnaturefriends.org

Sun, Mar 3 & 10, 9am-5pm: Wilderness First Aid Certification (2-day class)
​Class is taught by our program partner 
TrailBound Project

Details and registration


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.

  • Adults only (ages 18 and up)
  • ​$22 per person

> REGISTER NOW!


▶ 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 

  • Pre-requisites:  #6, #7e, #8
  • A portion of this class will be held outside; please dress accordingly
  • Wear your uniform and bring a signed blue card
  • $32 per scout

REGISTER NOW!


​​▶ ​Wednesdays, Mar 20-Apr 17, 1:30-4:00pm: Homeschool Celebrate the Seasons (Ages 6-10)

  • ​4-week session; no class on 4/3/24

Learn more & register


▶ 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 

  • Pre-requisites:  #7d, AND scout's choice of #7e or 7f
  • A portion of this class will be held outside; please dress accordingly
  • Wear your uniform and bring a signed blue card
  • $32 per scout

REGISTER NOW!


▶ 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.

Learn more


▶ Sat, Apr 20: Earth Day Celebration

  • FREE event with programs, activities, games, refreshments and community partner tables
  • All ages are welcome
  • No registration required

Learn more