We strive to develop inclusive programming, and welcome students with learning and behavioral special needs.

All students benefit from connecting with the natural world. We encourage you to schedule your students' field study experience today!

For more information, to book a trip or request a custom program, please contact:

Jill Burgy, Lead Educator:  jburgy@ramapo.edu; 732-513-5427


Please contact us if you are interested in a program or subject that is not listed.

Field study programs for grades 6-12 are also offered; contact us for more info.

The New Weis Center is a living laboratory situated on 152 acres in the beautiful Highlands region of northern New Jersey.

Our facilities include hiking trails, a brook, recreation field, covered pavilion, picnic area, rain garden, and main building with large multi-purpose room.

Staff, led by Lead Educator Jill Burgy, provides an attentive, hands-on learning experience and the applied skills to foster a lifelong curiosity for science and nature.

Our programs are designed around New Jersey state standards, and provide technical skill development immersed in the natural beauty of the Ramapo Mountains.

Each field study program is individual, and can be customized to create unique learning opportunities. We are happy to incorporate alternate lessons or team building activities.
Full-day:  $14 per student
Half-day:  $11 per student

Our programs run outdoors, rain or shine.

Please dress appropriately! 


Discovering Aquatic Ecosystems  K-5

Students will engage in hands-on exploration of the Blue Mine Brook and will examine the health of the aquatic ecosystems through quality assessment and macroinvertebrate collection. They will expand their understanding of the geomorphology of streams, and explore the life and characteristics of vernal pools.  
NJCCCS: 5.1, 5.4 - NGSS: K-LSI-1, K-ESS3-3, K-PS3-1, 2-ESS2-1, 2-ESS2-3, 3-LS4-4, 4-ESS2-1, 5-ESS2-2, 5-ESS3-1

Funky Forest  K-5

Students will explore the life cycle of the forest through the world of insects and other decomposers. Through technical field skills, we will identify, categorize, and develop a new understanding of the forest floor.
NJCCCS:5.1, 5.3, 5.4 - NGSS: K-ESS2-1, 5LS2-1, 5ESS3-1, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS1-1, 5-LS2-1

Expedition Weis  K-5

Immerse your students into a world of learning through survival! Students will use everyday math and language skills to help them understand the importance of being prepared in the wilderness.

NJCCCS:5.1, 5.3, 5.4 - NGSS: K-ESS2-1, 5LS2-1, 5ESS3-1, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS1-1, 5-LS2-1

Through the Geological Time Line  K-5

Students will learn the roles the sun, earth and water play in shaping the earth’s crust, and how these factors worked to create the geological features we find today.

NJCCCS: 5.1, 5.4 - NGSS: K-ESS3-3, k-ESS2-1, K-PS3-1, 2-ESS1-1, 3-LS4-4, 3-ESS2-1, 3-ESS2-2, 3-ESS3-1, 4-ESS2-2, 5-ESS3-1

Great American Forest  K-5
Explore the trees of our forest! Students will track the evolution of the Weis landscape and get to know some native and unique species such as the American Chestnut. We will use field methods to identify, age and measure trees throughout the forest.

NJCCS: 5.1, 5.3 - NGSS: K-ESS3-3, 1-LS1-1, 2-LS4-1, 2-ESS2-1, 3-LS4-4, 3-LS3-1, 5-PS3-1, 5-ESS3-1