Sample Weekly Activity Schedule!  Each day includes a fun, special activity
Mondays - Adventure & Exploration

  • Hike to High Point, a waterfall or the iron mines. Search for blueberries, invasive plants or wild mushrooms. Explore the Blue Mine brook and learn to 'Leave No Trace'

Tuesdays - Maker Day

  • Wilderness cooking (pasta with garlic mustard pesto, open fire biscuits, or ice cream). Paper making, forest jewelry, sundials, rope making, tie dye t-shirts

Wednesdays - Survival Skills

  • Shelter building, fire making, wilderness first aid, camouflage, map reading, natural navigation, survival scenarios

Thursdays - Art, Earth & Exercise

  • Arts (painting the rock garden, landscape painting); Earth (bug hotel, aquaponics, butterfly garden & pollinators, edible plants) Exercise (yoga, tree tag)

Fridays - Special Guests

  • NJ Search & Rescue (and K-9 dog Zippy), Totes Goats and their farm animals, Iron Mountain Stage Company, Earth Living Skills, Temple Qinesis (nature's obstacle course), Doc Baynes (former naturalist and ranger from Sterling Forest) and more!

Sample Daily Schedule (9:00am - 3:00pm)
7:30-9:00 am - Optional before-care*

9:00 am - Camper drop off at The New Weis Center's main gate
9:30 am - Counselor led special activities
10:00 am - Welcome circle - daily nature reading, review of the day ahead
10:30 am - Weekly scheduled activity
12:00 pm - Lunch - campers will eat at various locations throughout the week
12:30 pm - Open rec time
1:00 pm - Pool time - swimming at the adjacent Highlands Natural Pool (2-3 times/wk)
2:00 pm - Arts & crafts
2:30 pm - Closing circle & afternoon snack
3:00 pm - Camper pickup

3:00-5:30 pm - Optional after-care*

*Extended Care
An optional extended care program is available for an additional fee. This is not an extended camp experience; campers will participate in supervised, self-directed activities. To schedule before/after care, please indicate your needs on the registration form.

  • Hours:  7:30-9:00am - Before-care;  3:00-5:30pm - After-care

"The building blocks of self-esteem are belonging, learning, and contributing. Camps offer unique opportunities for children to succeed in these three vital areas and even beyond home and school."

Michael Popkin, Ph.D., family therapist & founder of Active Parenting

Registration for April 2019 Spring Break Camp & Summer 2019 Nature Camp opens in February 2019

The New Weis Center offers weekly nature day camp programs at our beautiful Ringwood location in the Highlands region of northern NJ! The 152-acre property features a historic main building, picnic facilities, a large recreational field, covered pavilion, fire circle and a stream for nature programs and exploring. Our site is also ideally situated adjacent to the Highlands Natural Pool for swimming and Norvin Green State Forest for additional explorations!

Summer 2018

We are excited to offer an extended camp session for 2018! In addition to adding a 7th week, this year's camp takes a new approach to immersing our campers in nature. The revised activity schedule was designed by our Lead Educator and Camp Director Jill Burgy to give campers a unique featured activity on each day of the week, and provide a wider variety of activities and experiences.

Our goal is to create a space for our campers to express themselves, build confidence, grow friendships - and learn some science along the way. By engaging campers in outdoor learning, we hope to provide them with an unforgettable summer camp experience and a lifelong connection to the world around them. 

Camp runs Monday, July 16 - Friday, August 31.
We are starting our program later so we can extend it through the end of the summer, when other area programs have finished. We hope that providing late summer activities will have a positive impact within the area's communities. We encourage you to have your camper(s) participate in more than one week of camp, as there is great value in allowing children time to find their place in the outdoors.

We welcome group day trips during the summer and throughout the year, including municipal recreation departments, schools, scouts, and other camps and area other clubs. To book a private date, or to discuss day trips for larger groups, please Contact Us.


  • Staffed by our Camp Director, educators from our partnership with Ramapo College and trained Weis staff.
  • Camp programs will operate in compliance with all NJ Department of Health Youth Camp standards.
  • All Counselors are CPR and First Aid certified.
  • Low Counselor to Camper ratio provides a safe and attentive environment for all campers.


  • Ages:  6-12
  • Dates:  July 16 - August 31. Signup for individual weeks - or the whole summer!
  • Camp Hours:  Monday - Friday, from 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Extended Care:  ​Before-care (7:30am-9:00am) and after-care (3:00pm-5:30pm) available for an added fee.
  • Enrollment:  Limited to 25 campers per session.
  • ​Partial week enrollment and pricing available upon request

2018 PRICE (per camper, per week)

$225 - Standard Weekly Rate (M-F)

DISCOUNTS(choose ONE type of discount)

$190 - Current 2018 Members of The New Weis Center/Highlands Nature Friends

Membership can be at any category, but additional support is appreciated! Not sure if you're a member? Contact Us or JOIN/RENEW NOW!

$205 - Siblings, multiple week signups, and current Members of The Highlands Natural Pool

PLUS - Signup for 5 or more FULL weeks and receive an additional $50 off your total (for each child registered)!

2018 EXTENDED CARE PRICE(per camper)

Before-care:  $15 per camper/per day; $65 full week (5 days)

After-care:  $25 per camper/per day; $105 full week (5 days)

Both before and after care:  ​$35 per camper/per day; $155 full week (5 days)


Registration CLOSED  After your online registration form has been submitted, you will receive a parents manual, universal health form, photo release, and an invoice. Payment should be returned with a copy of the invoice attached. If you are unable to access the online registration, please contact us for a printable form which you can return by mail. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any further questions or concerns!