Feb 21, 5:30-6:30pm: Camp Open House! Stop by the Ringwood Library to learn about our Spring Break and Summer nature camps. Bring the kiddos to meet the Camp Director and counselors and hear about the fun in store for campers. Register and get the Early Bird discount!

Feb 22 & 23:  Homeschool Science Lab classes. Don't let winter put a freeze on your science curriculum! Pre-registration required. Feb 22 class is FULL
Feb 27, 5:30-6:30pm: Camp Open House! Stop by the Wanaque Library to learn about Spring Break and Summer nature camps. Bring the kiddos to meet the Camp Director and counselors and hear about the fun in store for campers. Register and get the Early Bird discount!

Mar 3, 11:00am-1:30pm:  Primitive Skills class "Shelter Building", from Joe Blevis and Earth Living Skills. CLASS FULL

Mar 11 & 24, Apr 7, May 30:Goat Yoga classes from Totes, Goats LLC. ALL CLASSES FULL

​Mar 31, 11:00am-1:30pm:  Primitive Skills class "Fire Building", from Joe Blevis of Earth Living Skills. Update on 2/20/18: 6 spaces left!

​Apr 3-5:  Spring Break Nature Day Camp. Pre-registration required
Apr 8, 3:00-5:00pm:  "Music at Midvale" - Acoustic Open Mic
Apr 18, time TBD: Invasive species program from Linda Rohlede, Director Land Stewardship for the NY-NJ Trail Conference

Apr 22:  Earth Day Celebration!

Apr 29, 10:00am:  Bergen County Audubon Society presents: "Creating a BCAS Certified Backyard Habitat". Don Torino, President of BCAS, will show you what you'll need to create a healthy backyard wildlife habitat using native plants and other key components. You will also learn how to get your yard certified. The indoor presentation includes an opportunity to ask questions, and will be followed by a short guided walk on the Center's grounds. This program is FREE, but donations are always appreciated.

May - Oct:  Archery and Map & Compass classes from L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School. Sat/Sun. Pre-register at LLBean.com​​

Jun 2:  National Trails Day!


The New Weis Center offers educational programs for individuals and groups of all ages. Public programs included guided nature walks by Weis staff and guest experts, as well as special presentations and events. Group programs include field trips for schools, homeschoolers, rec departments and other camps, and day camps during the summer and school breaks. We'll also be introducing a new summer program for high school students considering majoring in environmental sciences or pursuing green careers. 


Performing Arts
Iron Mountain Stage Company, ​a local non-profit theater company that has been performing continuously since 1993, will now make Weis their new home for rehearsals and performances. Their first show at Weis, a comedy titled "The Witch in 204" premiered in October, 2016 to rave reviews. Their second show "Men Are Dogs" premiered in the Fall 2017! And we're excited to announce a new Spring 2018 show! More info


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

Art Exhibit & Sale 

  • A limited number of paintings by talented area artist Micheal Byro is on display in the main building. Learn more


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

Guided Hikes - Guided hikes will resume 2018. Hikes begin at 10:00am, and are led by a first aid certified Weis intern/educator. 

Archery classes - Offered through a partnership with L.L.Bean's Outdoor Discovery School

Map & Compass Skills classes - Offered through a partnership with L.L.Bean's Outdoor Discovery School


Merit Badges:

  • ​We can offer badge classes for many Boy and Girl Scout subjects; just let us know what your Scout or troop needs!
  • Contact Us for information, or to request a specific badge class!

Camping, Campires and other Events:

  • Weis offers facilities for Scout campfire circles, overnight camping and other gatherings. In addition to a large camping area and a firecircle with seating, we have a covered pavilion with picnic tables and a large recreation field. Contact Us for more info or to reserve!
  • Please review the policies and rules before reserving, and be sure to follow them once onsite.

Service Projects:

  • Completed: Local Scout groups have completed several projects including: a new information kiosk and a new roof for an older kiosk, new picnic tables, parking lot and grounds cleanup, and flower bulb planting, building and installing bat houses.. 
  • Future: Upcoming projects include restoring the outhouses and camping sites, building a gaga pit, preparing the rustic cabins for use, building more picnic tables, establish composting and vermiculture.

We Need YOUR Feedback!

Do you have suggestions for new programs and events? Do you have a program or class you'd like to present at Weis? Do you have extra supplies or materials to donate? Let us know using the Contact Us link!

Reptiles, Snakes, Insects and More!
Plan a party at The New Weis Center presented by Snakes-N-Scales! They offer a variety of live animal entertaining and educational themes. Please contact them directly for pricing and to arrange your party.

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