We have many volunteer opportunities to suit your interests, skills and availability. Here are a few current needs:
Gardening (weed, plant, prune); Landscaping (create and maintain paths, rake, spread gravel/woodchips);
Building repair and maintenance; Programs and events (setup/cleanup, assist with running programs)
Please Contact Us to join the team!
Volunteers are critical to our success - and we have terrific ones we'd like to thank and shine a light on! (listed alphabetically)
Ksawery (Zack) Biskup
Zack is studying Environmental Science at William Paterson University. His interests include climatology, deep ocean drilling, water quality, and bioremediation. In his free time he likes to rock climb, hike, and read. Zack has assisted with our opening day, building demolition and renovation, and painting the bathrooms. He says: "I heard about The Weis Center as a student at Ryerson Middle School (Ringwood) when we went on a field trip to the Center to learn about outdoor survival techniques, birds, and to appreciate nature. I remember going back when it had closed (in 2012) and I just felt somewhat crushed, like a piece of my childhood had dissipated. When I heard they opened up again I jumped at the opportunity to volunteer. I know visiting the Weis Center gave me an appreciation of the natural world, which helped shape my future. If one other person can visit The New Weis Center and feel the same way, I know the dedicated staff and I have done our job."
Jackie is majoring in Environmental Sustainability and Criminal Justice at William Paterson University. She learned about the New Weis Center during the 2016 Green A-Fair event hosted by William Paterson. Since then she has helped with the opening day celebration, the rain garden and gardening. Jackie also helped Weis get certified by the Bergen County Audubon Society as a Certified Backyard Habitat. She says: "What caught my attention about the Weis center is their mission and what they stand for. I love how they are trying to educate the public and the younger generation about nature and its importance. It's a great place to learn and get involved, while at the same time lending a helping hand."
Sarah grew up and lives in Ringwood, and is studying Philosophy at Rutgers University. In addition to serving as a counselor at our summer day camps, Sarah has also represented Weis at farmers markets and volunteered at special events. She says: "I spent many years volunteering as a counselor at the former Weis Ecology Center and now that the center has re-opened I am looking forward to continuing to educate others about the environment. Being able to share my passion for everything outdoors is something special about the the New Weis Center!"
Paul and his family's ties to Weis go back to the Camp Midvale days, and he remains committed to seeing the Center flourish. Paul keeps the property mowed, including the large recreation field. He has also been on several event planning committees, volunteered at events, and is always ready to lend a hand.
Ralph was born in England and has lived in Canada, Michigan and Mahwah, NJ, where he went to high school. Ralph currently lives in Ringwood near the The New Weis Center. His interests include the environment, green politics, his kids, and the health and welfare of our society. Ralph has been very instrumental in getting the buildings in shape. His involvement with the property goes back to 1970, when the camp was managed by the American Ethical Union. He was involved in a maintenance role, frequently hitch-hiking or walking from Mahwah to the camp, where he made many close friends. He says: "My relationship with the folks on the hill (Snake Den Rd) and their relatives truly transformed my adolescent years. I pretty much lived on the camp for 4 or 5 years through the early seventies, and continued those relationships with everybody through the years. I am very pleased that the relationship with Ramapo College continues; the library is named after my father, a founding President."
Michael is a Geographic Information Systems Specialist for the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute. MERI monitors the water, air, and wetlands of the Hackensack River Estuary, an important natural resource for various birds and fish. Michael graduated from Stony Brook University in 2014 with a Bachelors in Geology. He is passionate about conservation and learning about the natural processes that shape the environment around us. His interests include hiking, mineral collecting, playing the guitar, and going to concerts. Michael is helping to create custom maps of the Weis property and amenities. He led a Fall Colors interpretive walk at Weis, and looks forward to leading other nature walks in the future.
Coming soon... bios for more of our wonderful volunteers, including: