​​​​​​​​UPCOMING EVENTS


Every Wednesday: Eclectic Kids - from Giselle Cuevas. Afterschool Yoga, mindfulness, and nature-based art class. Ages 4-6, 4:00-5:00pm; Ages 7-12 @5:15-6:15pm

> $15 per child. Registration required


Last Sunday of every month, 3:00-5:00pm: Music at Midvale Acoustic Open MicNext dates: Mar 31, Apr 28, May 26. Come to play - or just to listen to great music (originals and covers). Light refreshments will be available. 
> $5 per person. No registration required; sign up to perform at the door between 2:30-3:00pm.​


Apr 5-7 & 12-14: Iron Mountain Stage Company presents their spring show "Death & Taxes"


Tue-Thu, Apr 16-18 & 23-25: Spring Break Nature Camp!


Sat, Apr 20, 9:30-2:00pm: EARTH DAY EVENT!

Join us in celebrating the earth with a guided hike, environmental programs, steam ecology activity, farmyard animals, kids yoga games, tables featuring our program and community partners, kids nature arts & crafts and more!

Free to all; donations appreciated!


Sat, Apr 27, 4:00-5:00pm: Goat Yoga from Totes Goats
1 hour of Vinyasa yoga with the fun and frisky goats from Totes Goats! Perfect for beginners. Class will be held in our cozy, rustic main room. 
> $30 per person. CLASS IS FULL


Sun, Apr 28, 12:00-2:00pm: Weis History Talk & Walk
Join Board member Karin Ahmed for a fascinating talk & walk. Karin has been researching and collecting historical documents and artifacts related to the original Nature Friends, and will share them during this program. The Nature Friends owned what is now The New Weis Center for almost 50 years, from 1920 to the 1960's. We'll take a look at the center's NEW mini-museum collection of documents, photos and other artifacts dating from that era, and discuss the history of what was then known as Camp Midvale, before heading outside for a walk around the property to see some of the remaining structures and discuss what camp life was like "back in the day". This program will include a gentle walk on mostly level terrain.
> $10 per person, payable in cash or check at the start of the event. No registration required.


Fri, May 3, 7:30-9:00pm: Acting Improv Workshop from Iron Mountain Stage Co. Interested in exploring acting, or just looking for a fun evening out? Join Iron Mountain Stage Company for an Improvisation/acting workshop. In a supportive environment we will explore some basic improvisation, movement and acting exercises. No experience necessary. We welcome beginners! Ages 18 - 95! Meet in the main building.

> Free - but donations are gratefully accepted. No registration required. 


Sat, May 4, 10:00am & 1:00pm: Brownies/Juniors Engineer Patch: "Launch It". Earn your Girl Scout Brownie Think Like an Engineer badge and solve problems just like an engineer would. Use the design thinking process and do a hands-on design challenge activity. Finally, learn the difference between a catapult and trebuchet, and launch something! Girls will brainstorm, design, make, and test their own catapults. Link patch and completed badge can be purchased at the council shops.

> $25; Register NOW 


Sat, May 11, 6:30am: "Iron Mines" Ultra Trail Run from Red Newt RacingThe New Weis Center is the host and staging area for this challenging trail run throughout the forests of Ringwood.


Sat, May 18, 1:00-2:00pm: Goat Yoga from Totes Goats
45 minutes of Vinyasa yoga with the fun and frisky goats from Totes Goats! Perfect for beginners. Class will be held in our cozy, rustic main room. 
> $30 per person. Register NOW


Sat, May 18, 5:00-7:00pm: Introduction to Bird Languages, from Joe Blevis of Earth Living Skills. Imagine what it would be like to have such a deep knowledge of that natural world, that even the slightest flutter of a bird's wing, or the softest bird call in the distance could tell you a world of information. Or maybe you're tired of only catching a fleeting glimpse of animals scurrying away from you, long before you notice them. Birds are like the security systems of the forest, and they will always alert you to a sneaking fox, or a nearby roosting owl. Deciphering Bird Language is the gateway to the special world that is right under our noses. Come embark on a long-term, life changing journey as we dive in to learn the language of the birds.

> $35 per person. Register NOW


Sat, Jun 8, 9:00-11:00am: Meet Our Local Plants, from Joe Belvis of Earth Living SkillsCome join us as we explore and get first hand experience meeting and interacting with the local plants. We will be studying, drawing, photographing, and eating plants, as well as learning about some medicinal qualities and utilitarian purposes - such as which plant fibers work best for rope making, or which trees have good bark for baskets. We will also identify some poisonous plants, and talk about their hazards. 

> $35 per person. Register NOW


​Sat, Jun 8, 12:00-4:00pm: Geocaching BSA Merit Badge 

Geocaching is a fun, challenging and healthy way to spend time with your family and friends. It is a free sport - modern day treasure hunt - you can participate in anywhere in the world! Learn about the geocaching lingo, how to identify the many types of geocaches, how to safely search for them and what to do when you find one. Weather permitting we will practice finding caches on the grounds. No equipment needed, although you may bring a handheld GPS unit if you have one. Instructor: Weis Board member Tom Strube. Tom is an experienced, registered merit badge counselor with the BSA, is first aid/cpr certified, wilderness first aid certified, and is current on his youth protection training. 

> $18 per person. CLASS IS FULL


Sun, Jun 23  AND  Sun, Jun 30, 8:30am-4:30pm: Wilderness First Aid (2-day class). ​Do you know what to do if there’s an accident or illness when you are hiking, camping, mountain biking, or on an outdoors adventure? Learn what to do in this 2-day class, which is ideal for hikers, mountain bikers, Scout leaders and outdoor adventure lovers. Includes classroom instruction and outdoor hands-on scenarios. Ages 16+; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Definitions, philosophy, legal/ethical & psychological/emotional issues
  • Prevention & action at emergencies, planning, equipment, survival, crisis mgmt
  • Scene survey, patient assessment, rescuer safety, vital signs, palpation
  • Shock & physiology types, recognition
  • Bleeding, wounds, burns, blisters, bandaging, practical (demo & hands on)
  • Hot & cold, bugs & bites, altitude
  • Medical emergencies, diabetic, allergic, heart, brain, respiratory
  • Patient hands-on assessment scenarios and outdoor practice
  • Specific injuries, acute abdomen, eyes, head/face
  • Bones/joint/muscle injuries, immobilization, improvisation, splinting, extremities
  • Summary, review, written test and practical exam

Note: current CPR/AED certification is required to receive a WFA certification card; contact us for suggestions about where to take a class. If you take the CPR/AED class after the WFA, you will receive your WFA certification upon proof of completion to the instructor

> $190 non-members (Join NOW); $170 New Weis Center members (Supporter level and up); REGISTER NOW!


Jul 8-Aug 16: Summer Nature Camp! 

Ages 6-12, 9:00am-3:00pm. Signup for a week...or the whole summer!


Aug 19-23: Summer "Highlands Forest Expedition" Camp!

Special 1-week camp for ages 12-14!  9:00am-3:00pm. Details and registration coming soon.

​​EDUCATION, ARTS & RECREATION


​Education

Programs for individuals and groups of all ages


  • Afterschool nature-based yoga and art program from our partner Eclectic Kids
  • Public programs: include guided nature walks and talks by Weis staff and guest experts, historical and culture programs, as well as special presentations and events.
  • Primitive survival skills classes taught by Joe Blevis of Earth Living Skills. Topics include firebuilding, 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 run during thesummerand 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 occasional public workshops.


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.


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 beautiful and 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.


Highlands Obstacle Adventure course! Classes conducted by Tobin Osusky of Temple Qinesis. Trail run and obstacle course, with mountaintop yoga and mindfulness! Sundays at 1:00pm.


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!