​​EDUCATION, ARTS & RECREATION

Programs for individuals and groups of all ages


​Education

  • 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 1-8
  • 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: including 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 Nature Hikes - Led by our Sr. Educator & Naturalist Sarah Crosby. 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 Weis Educator Lauren Lynch.


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!


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​UPCOMING EVENTS

Programs may require pre-registration and/or advance payment. ​​

Parking for program attendees is available near the main brick building



Special Fall Program - Pumpkin Chunkin! 

​▶ Bring your Scout troop, den, pack or other group or club to participate in a fun outdoor fall tradition: pumpkin chunkin! Carve or decorate your pumpkin, and then launch them across the field using our trebuchet, to see how far they can get their pumpkins to fly. 

  • Pumpkin chunkin can be scheduled as a private program for scout troops or any other group or club.
  • Minimum 10 participants, maximum of 50. Program works best with larger groups.
  • You may bring your own pumpkins or we can supply them. They should be small  “sugar pumpkins” to get the best results with the trebuchet.
  • Depending on the age of your scouts, we can carve pumpkins or decorate them with markers before launching (we provide carving equipment and markers). We leave the option up to you! 
  • 1 1/2 - 2 hours, depending on group size.

> $12 per participant (bring your own pumpkins); $15 per participant (we supply the pumpkins). To schedule a program for your troop or group, contact Sarah Crosby: sarah@highlandsnaturefriends.org or 973-835-2160.

▶ Sat, Oct 23, 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 and gloves if you have them. Suggested age: 8+; anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
​> No registration required, but please 
let us know if you are bringing a group (5 or more)


▶ Sun, Oct 24, 10:00-11:30am: Forest Bathing Walk

From the Japanese 'shinrin-yoku', the practice of forest bathing means to immerse oneself in the forest and soak in the atmosphere through the senses. Today's walk at an easy pace will focus on connecting to nature through mindfulness, as we explore the senses and the present moment through short, guided, meditations in the forest. Forest bathing has been shown to help decrease stress levels and anxiety, and to improve the immune system and symptoms of depression, to name a few benefits. Come explore a new way of walking through the forest! Led by Weis Educator Lauren Lynch.

  • Ages 8 to adult
  • Non-refundable; In case of rain the program will be rescheduled
  • Outdoor program; dress accordingly

​​​> $8 per person; REGISTER NOW!


▶ Thu, Oct 28, 4:00-8:00pm: Scouts BSA Communications Merit Badge  SOLD OUT


▶ Thu, Nov 4 & Fri, Nov 5, 9:00am-3:00pm: 1 Day Mini Nature Camp(area schools closed for NJEA conference)

Children ages 7-12 will experience the the wonder of the fall season with a day spent outside, learning how the forest changes through the year and how the plants and animals prepare for the winter. We will play games about migration, do experiments with leaf color, and spend the day in the woods hiking and looking for forest creatures. The day will end as any fall day should - with a campfire and s'mores! Register for 1 or both.
> Learn more and REGISTER NOW!


​▶ Sat, Nov 6, 9:00am-12:00pm: Volunteer Day - Gardens and Grounds (last one for 2021!)
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 and gloves if you have them. Suggested age: 8+; anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
​> No registration required, but please 
let us know if you are bringing a group (5 or more)


▶ Sat, Nov 6, 3:00-5:00pm: Public Hike & Campfire

Braving the Storm - How Animals Prepare for Winter.  Animals have many adaptations that help them survive the harsh winter. On this hike we’ll discuss how they prepare for the coldest months, focusing mainly on the mammals living in our local forests. We'll finish with a cozy campfire around our stone firecircle with rustic log seating. Ages 6 to seniors.

​​​> $8 per person; REGISTER NOW!


▶ Sun, Nov 7, 10:00-11:30am: Forest Bathing Walk
From the Japanese 'shinrin-yoku', the practice of forest bathing means to immerse oneself in the forest and soak in the atmosphere through the senses. Today's walk at an easy pace will focus on connecting to nature through mindfulness, as we explore the senses and the present moment through short, guided, meditations in the forest. Forest bathing has been shown to help decrease stress levels and anxiety, and to improve the immune system and symptoms of depression, to name a few benefits. Come explore a new way of walking through the forest! Led by Weis Educator Lauren Lynch.

  • Ages 8 to adult
  • Non-refundable; In case of rain the program will be rescheduled
  • Outdoor program; dress accordingly

​​​> $8 per person; REGISTER NOW!


​▶ Sat, Nov 13, 3:30-5:30pm: Teen Sunset Hike

Sr. Educator Sarah Crosby will lead teens (and tweens) ages 11-16 on a hike through rocky forest trails on our way up to a viewpoint to watch the sunset! As we walk amongst the trees, we'll talk about what makes the fall forest so special, and listen for sounds of the evening coming alive with nocturnal creatures.

  • Ages 11-16
  • Bring a flashlight or headlamp, wear sturdy shoes/boots with good tread.
  • Drop-off is in the main (outer) lot on Snake Den Rd.
  • Non-refundable. In case of rain, you will be notified and the program will be rescheduled. 

> $8 per person;REGISTER NOW!


▶  5 shows: Iron Mountain Stage Co. presents: "Vintage Hitchcock, A Live Radio Play"

Sat, Nov 13 @8:00pm, Sun, Nov 14 @2:00pm, Fri, Nov 19 @8:00pm, Sat, Nov 20 @8:00pm, Sun, Nov 21 @2:00pm

8/1/21 UPDATED COVID-19 GUIDELINES: Masks must be worn indoors.