New Memberships/Renewals/Donations


Unless noted, programs are open to the public, free of charge of charge and no registration is required. A $5 suggested donation is greatly appreciated.


Nature Walks and Talks!

Sat, Sep 30, 10:00am: "Reading Nature" – A family-friendly guided walk and talk. Learn about some of our deciduous trees and how to read the signs of Fall in the forest. All ages. $5 suggested donation.​

Sat, Oct 7 and Oct 14 (2-day class), 9:00am-5:00pm: Wilderness First Aid Certification class! Email for details and registration. $125 for New Weis Center members; $155 for non-members. Download the flyer (PDF)

Sun, Oct 15, 10:00am:  Tracy Beerly from the Native Plant Society will lead an educational walk on the Center's grounds. All ages. $5 suggested donation.

Sun, Oct 22, 10:00am: Don Torino, President of Bergen County Audubon Society, will lead a fall nature walk. Come enjoy the fall colors and look for migrant birds. Free, donations appreciated.

Sat, Nov 4, 4:30pm-6:00pm: Owl Prowl!  Owl Prowl! Join Lead Educator Jill Burgy on a walk to look and listen for owls, bats and other forest sights and sounds. We'll set out before dusk under the rising full "Frost Moon". All ages. $5 suggested donation.
Ongoing: Archery classes from L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School. Sat/Sun, Jun-Oct, $25, ages 8+. Pre-register at​​

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.



NEW! October 2017: 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.


Ongoing for 2017 - Enjoy an exhibit of beautiful and inspiring nature photography by talented local artists Tom Tarbutton, Vera Lazar and Karin Ahmed!

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! More info

Art Exhibit & Sale 

An exhibit by talented area artist Micheal Byro is on display in the main building. Learn more


Instructor: American Impressionist Elaine Sgambati, taught 18 years at the Ridgewood Art Institute, and is the founder/former owner of Riverview Art School & Gallery, Island Heights, Stay tuned for dates.

Instructor: Local artist Bonnie McGown will present small classes for "Plein Air" (outdoor) painting, seasonal workshops, and "discovery" introductory classes. Stay tuned for dates.


Goat Yoga! Classes conducted by Totes Goats LLC.

Guided Hikes - Hikes will resume on a monthly basis in late winter/early spring 2018. Hikes begin at 10:00am, and are conducted 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



Boy Scouts 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 firecircle with log seats, we have a covered pavilion with picnic tables and a large recreation field. Contact Us for more info or to reserve!

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, installation of a butterfly garden, and flower bulb planting. 
  • Future: Upcoming projects include restoring the outhouses and camping sites, building a gaga pit, preparing the rustic cabins for use, building more picnic tables and building and installing bat houses.

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!

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