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

  • It builds confidence
  • It makes them think
  • It teaches responsibility
  • 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 alternate lessons or 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!    

Schedule your students' field study experience today!

​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-12. A sampling of our programs is listed below, but 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​. Spring 2019 trips may be scheduled through June 14.

FIELD TRIP PROGRAMS