Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteers are critical to our success - and we have some terrific ones we'd like to thank and shine a light on!

Jeremy Strube

Jeremy has been involved with the Weis Center (then known as the Weis Ecology Center) since he came for his first visit as a toddler to see the lifecycle of the butterfly sign. He has attended many programs here through the years, and began volunteering in 2018. He assists with the upkeep of the garden and grounds, and helps maintain the buildings. Jeremy has recently received his Eagle Scout rank, and chose to plan and build a gaga ball pit at the center for his Eagle project. In addition to his volunteer work, he also works part-time for us after school and in the summer, and is a favorite with all of our Trustees, staff and interns!

Jeff Bower

Jeff has been working with us since winter 2016/2017, handling a wide variety of tasks. He is a retired engineering and operations executive from the consumer products industry.  Fortunately, he enjoys “figuring it out”, as his previous life makes him a skilled craftsman at nothing we do here.  Also fortunate: he has a lot of tools, most of which he knows how to use. (LOL) He says that it is fulfilling and fun to work with the other volunteers and dedicated staff to realize the New Weis Center’s potential. When he's not busy at Weis, Jeff would rather be flying or on his motorcycle riding roads he has never been on. Life is great!

Steve Brossok

Steve joined us in Fall 2017 after reading an article about the reopening of The New Weis Center under a new nonprofit, and learning that volunteers were needed to help repair the cabins and main building. He has fond memories of coming to Weis with his family for Scout programs, so he decided to offer his help. Steve is a retired architect who also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity doing hands-on construction work, and for JORBA working on the biking trails in the area. He has lived in Ringwood for 30 years, and loves the access to nature it provides. He especially enjoys hiking and biking in Ringwood State Park. His work at Weis has included everything from maintenance tasks in our main building, to making trebuchets for our field trips, and work around the grounds. He and Jeff Bower (above) are also helping us get one of the cabins on the property ready to house an onsite caretaker/handyman.

Tara Kolton

Tara Kolton is a local journalist who worked for nearly a decade at NorthJersey.com, covering towns in northern Passaic and Morris Counties, including Ringwood. During her time as a managing editor and staff writer at the bi-weekly newspaper, Suburban Trends, Tara became aware of the admirable efforts of The Highlands Nature Friends to preserve and restore the historic Weis property. In 2018, she was inspired to begin volunteering with The New Weis Center to support their mission to bring educational environmental programs to the community, and she aims to bring her experience as well as her familiarity with the region to help the organization expand its media outreach and events coverage. Tara has been assisting with the marketing and communication efforts, and looks forward to working on a newsletter for the Center and historical archiving. Tara feels a deep appreciation for the nature of the area, and enjoys hiking, birdwatching and photographing its unique beauty.

​Paul Klinksiek
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 assisted on several event planning committees, volunteered at events, and is always ready to lend a hand.

"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much"  ~Helen Keller

Volunteering at Weis

We have volunteer opportunities to suit a variety of interests, skills and availability. Whether you are considering volunteering regularly or occasionally; day or weekend; using your hands, head or both; we can always use more help! Here are a few of the areas we always need help with:

Join one of our standing Committees: 

Special Events - Earth Day, 100th Anniversary Celebration, Scout Day

Gardens & Grounds - planning, planting and weeding our raingarden, butterfly garden, education garden & more

Fundraising & Grants - we need your help to plan our fundraising campaigns and obtain grants.

Arts - music, theatre, photography, fine arts

We can always use a hand with:

  • Gardening - weed, prune, plant
  • Landscaping - clear and maintain paths, rake, spread woodchips, remove sticks and debris
  • Building repair and maintenance - lots of old buildings means lots of upkeep; minor and major repairs
  • Cabin repair and renovation - paint (inside and out), light carpentry, roofing, clean our 1-room cabins
  • Programs and events - planning, setup/cleanup, assist with running programs, check-in/concession table
  • Lead or assist with a public program, or help with outreach and special events

  • We are also always in need of donated skilled services, including: general handyperson, plumbing, carpentry, electrical, masonry, tree service, landscaping!


Please Contact Us to Learn More and Join the Team!

We are proud to mentor students through our internship programs for high school and college students, and provide continued support as they pursue career opportunities, including resume reviews, references, letters of recommendation and career counseling.

Meet some of the students currently interning at Weis, and learn about our programs and how to apply for an internship.