​All students benefit from connecting with the natural world. At The New Weis Center, we offer hands-on, experiential field study programs for grades K-8. Please contact us if you are interested in a program or subject that is not listed. We strive to develop inclusive programming, and welcome students with learning and behavioral special needs. For more information, to book a trip or request a custom program, please contact us or call 973-835-2160​. 

All May-June 2019 field trip dates are SOLD OUT. Be sure to book your dates NOW for FALL 2019!


Studies show that kids who play outside are smarter, happier, more attentive, and less anxious than those who spend more time indoors. Other benefits:

  • It builds confidence and teaches responsibility
  • It makes them think
  • It reduces stress and fatigue
  • It promotes creativity and imagination
  • It provides different stimulation, and activates all the senses
  • It gets kids moving, which is good for kids’ bodies and can make them more focused

Each field study program is individual, and can be customized to create unique learning opportunities. We are happy to incorporate guided observation hikes and team building activities. The Center's facilities include hiking trails, a brook, recreation field, covered pavilion, picnic area, rain garden, and main building with large multi-purpose room. In warm weather, we can include a visit to the neighboring Highlands Natural Pool for a swim!

Our staff provides an attentive, hands-on learning experience and the applied skills to foster a lifelong curiosity for science and nature. Programs are designed around New Jersey state standards, and provide technical skill development immersed in the natural beauty of the Ramapo Mountains. Our programs are rain or shine; so please dress appropriately!


  • Price is $15 per student for trips up to 5 hours; minimum 15, maximum 75 students.
  • There is no charge for teachers and chaperones.
  • Please contact us for pricing for smaller or larger groups: info@highlandsnaturefriends.org or 973-835-2160.
  • If you require a raindate, it may be possible to arrange for an additional, non-refundable fee.

Deposit / Payments:

After we receive your online reservation request, we will contact you to confirm the date and discuss details of your program. We will also send your invoice; this may be paid in full prior to the trip, or you can send a deposit (at least a third of the invoice total) and then bring a check for the balance the day of your trip, or mail it to the address below.

Checks should be made out to: "HIGHLANDS NATURE FRIENDS", and can be mailed to the following address:
Highlands Nature Friends, Inc. 
150 Snake Den Road 
Ringwood, New Jersey 07456

Cancellation Policy:

  • Our programs are generally rain or shine; please direct your students and staff to dress accordingly. If you require a raindate, it may be possible to arrange for an additional, non-refundable fee.
  • ​If your school must cancel their trip, please note that there is a $75 fee for cancellations LESS THAN 2 weeks prior to the date of the trip.
  • If The New Weis Center makes the decision to cancel due to extreme weather or another emergency, we will gladly refund your deposit or pre-payment in full.

Schedule your students' field study experience today!