COVID-19 GUIDELINES (updated 1/1/21): We are open for OUTDOOR programs and are following recommended health and safety guidelines at all programs and events.
Masks MUST be worn at all programs and when using the indoor restrooms; social distancing will be maintained to the greatest extent possible.
The New Weis Center is privately owned and operated by
The Highlands Nature Friends, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit.
We are NOT part of Norvin Green State Forest, and do not accept wounded animals.
Smoking, alcohol, illegal drugs, firearms, hunting, fireworks, amplified music and littering are NOT ALLOWED anywhere on the Center's property.
with someone or tour the main building. Our public areas are open to the general public from 9:00am to dusk.
We provide public parking on our property for hikers and day visitors in the outer gravel parking lot on Snake Den Rd (see map below). The lot is open from 9:00am to dusk; no overnight parking allowed. Parking near the main building is reserved for guests attending programs and events at the Center. Parking off Snake Den Rd near the Highlands Natural Pool is reserved for Pool and Weis members. Parking is not allowed along Snake Den Rd.
Restrooms for Weis members and program attendees are available in the main building. There is a handicapped accessible restroom on the main floor. We DO NOT have a public restroom, but hope to install a composting toilet near the outer parking area for hikers and the public in 2021.
The New Weis Center is a Carry-In, Carry-out property; please clean up and take your waste with you when you leave. Please DO NOT LITTER, and follow the "Leave No Trace" principles (details at LNT.org).
We are not part of the park system, but you are welcome to enjoy our large recreation field unless it's being used for a New Weis Center program or event, and to follow the marked path that leads to hiking trails in Norvin Green State Forest.
Certain areas are posted as "Not A Public Area" and are NOT open to the public, including the areas around the cabins and the picnic grove. In addition, there may be occasions when part or all of our property will be closed to the public for a New Weis Center special program or event.
Our main building, pavilion, recreation field and picnic grove may be rented by the public and groups. Some conditions apply. Please visit our Facility Rental page for details and pictures.
We offer camping to Scouts who have pre-registered and paid, and provided a COI. Requests for other groups (must have adults present) will be considered on an individual basis. Individual campers are not allowed.
Campfires are only allowed in the fire circle area with an advance registration and payment of the facility rental fee! To inquire about scheduling a campfire for your group, pleaseContact Us. Open fires or grills (charcoal or butane) are NOT allowed anywhere else on our property.
The New Weis Center is adjacent to Norvin Green State Forest, which offers over 24 miles of rugged marked trails. Hikers (without dogs) may walk through the Center's grounds and go up and around the Pool to access trails. Hikers with dogs should access all trails by walking up to the end of Snake Den Road - not through Weis property. Please bring a trail map or consult the maps posted in the kiosks.
We have 3 kiosks on our property with trail maps, information about area flora and fauna, and notices about our programs and events.
If you are walking with a dog, walk to the end of Snake Den Rd to access trails. Pick up after your dog and be sure they are on a leash at ALL times!