5/18/21 UPDATED COVID-19 GUIDELINES: Masks must be worn indoors if you are unvaccinated.

​​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 fun public acting improv workshops.


Music

"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


"Music at Midvale" Concert Series! Our 2021 Series includes performances by Rave Tesar, E'lissa Jones and Loretta Hagen. Artists profiles and tickets


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 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!


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​UPCOMING EVENTS

Programs may require pre-registration and/or advance payment, please see details below ​​

Parking for program attendees is available near the main brick building


▶ Mon-Fri, Jul 6-Aug 20, 9:00am-3:00pm: Summer Nature Camp, for ages 7-12  SOLD OUT

7 weeks, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm. Individual and partial week registrations. Discounts for members, siblings, and multiple week signups.


▶ Sat, Aug 7, 9:00am-12:00pm: Volunteer Day - Gardens and Grounds
We welcome volunteers (individuals, families, groups, clubs, scouts) to stop by and help with some much needed cleanup in our gardens and grounds. Bring a rake, hand clippers and gloves if you have them. Suggested age: 8+; anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
​> No need to register, just come!


▶ Sat, Aug 7, 11:00am: Kids Book Walk and STEM activity, from Sensory Garden and Play


▶ Mon-Fri, Aug 9-13, 9:00am-3:00pm: Highlands Junior Naturalist program, for ages 10-15
1 week session. E
vening/overnight camping on Aug 12-13. Discounts for members and siblings.


▶ Fri, Aug 13, 8:00-9:30pm: Insects of the Night Hike!


▶ Sat, Aug 21, 4:00pm: Music at Midvale Concert Series presents: Rave Tesar!


▶ Sat, Aug 28, 9:00am-12:00pm: Volunteer Day - Gardens and Grounds
We welcome volunteers (individuals, families, groups, clubs, scouts) to stop by and help with some much needed cleanup in our gardens and grounds. Bring a rake, hand clippers and gloves if you have them. Suggested age: 8+; anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


▶ Sun, Aug 29, 2:30-5:00pm: Acoustic Open Mic
An afternoon of live music in a relaxed, rustic outdoor setting. come to play or just to listen and enjoy!
> No need to register, just come!

​▶ Sat, Sep 11, 9:00am-12:00pm: Volunteer Day - Gardens and Grounds
We welcome volunteers (individuals, families, groups, clubs, scouts) to stop by and help with some much needed cleanup in our gardens and grounds. Bring a rake, hand clippers and gloves if you have them. Suggested age: 8+; anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

▶ Thu, Sep 16, 9:00am-3:00pm: 1 Day Mini-Camp (Schools Closed for Yom Kippur)


▶ Sep 18, 11:00am-8:00pm: 100th (plus 1) Anniversary Celebration of the Nature Friends Camp Midvale!

Details coming soon...


▶ Sun, Sep 19, 10:00am-11:30am: Forest Bathing Walk


▶ Thu, Sep 16, 9:00am-3:00pm 


▶ Sat, Aug 7, 9:00am-12:00pm: Volunteer Day - Gardens and Grounds
We welcome volunteers (individuals, families, groups, clubs, scouts) to stop by and help with some much needed cleanup in our gardens and grounds. Bring a rake, hand clippers and gloves if you have them. Suggested age: 8+; anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
​> No need to register, just come!

SCOUT PROGRAMS


▶ Aug 14, 9:00am-12:00pm: Swimming Merit Badge


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