Show your SUPPORT: Join or Renew Your Membership, or Make a 1-Time Donation!

We hope you'll join this exciting effort by becoming a member or renewing your annual membership. Memberships are on a rolling basis, so you can join at any time throughout the year. Your support is essential to cover the expenses of owning and operating the Center, including insurance, ongoing building restoration and repairs, and tree work!

Use the Donate button above to become a Member, Renew, or make an ​additional Donation by credit card or PayPal.


Membership at any level is appreciated, but we hope you will consider providing additional support by becoming a sustaining member (recurring monthly donation), joining at a higher level or making an additional one-time donation. We also welcome memorial donations to honor a loved one. ​Memberships and donations are fully tax deductible!​

More Ways To Help


The Highlands Nature Friends, Inc., is the 501(c)3 nonprofit owner and operator of The New Weis Center for Education, Arts & Recreation. With the help of our board, staff and volunteers, and the support of our partners and the surrounding community, we continue our focus on restoring the buildings and improving the gardens and grounds of our 150+ acre property, and offering a broad range of programs and events for all ages.

Our Goals

  • Create a year-round, dynamic Center with a broad range of programs and events for all ages!

  • Preserve and restore the historic buildings and grounds.

  • Develop and present programs that educate and connect people with nature and the environment.

  • Develop partnerships to bring additional unique programs and events to the Center.

  • Support students seeking an environmental career through internships, mentoring and volunteer opportunities

Join or renew your membership; Make an additional 1-time donation

Become a Member! Your support is essential to help with the expenses of owning and operating the Center. Join or renew at any time and receive 12 full months of benefits, including discounts on facility rentals, public programs and nature camps; members-only events and more. Plus, your membership is tax deductibleLearn more​​

News & Notes

​​​​​▶ ​​​​Ramapo College students: APPLY for the May H. Weis Environmental Award!Includes a full tuition scholarship & 1 year paid internship at Weis

​​​​​▶ See what our Trustees & staff are feeling grateful for!

▶ Try the Pumpkin Cake recipe from our "Taste of the Highlands" cookbook, then get your copy. It's full of stories, memories and yummy recipes - and all proceeds go directly to support the Center!

​​​Please DONATE  to our Go Fund Me fundraiser to help restore a small cabin for use by scouts and community groups

Outdoor facility rentals for parties, meetings, special events.

​​​▶ Birthday​​​​ Parties! Includes a naturalist-led program and pavilion rental

▶ Social: Instagram @thenewweiscenter; Facebook @newweiscenter

It's almost Maple Sugaring season! We're offering several public programs, or you can book a private session for your group or troop!


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In-Person Outdoor Programs​​​

Advance registration may be required​​. Masks must be worn indoors.

​▶ Jan 25-Mar 15: Homeschool Winter Ecology (ages 6-12)

​▶ Jan 28-Mar 18: Afterschool Frosty Fridays (ages 7-12)

▶ Jan 29: Emerging Ecologist: Winter Survival! (grades 6-9)

▶ Jan 30: Winter Geology Hike (all ages)

▶ Feb 19, 27, Mar 5: Maple Sugaring programs! (all ages)

▶ Feb 20: Great Backyard Bird Count (ages 6-adult)

​▶ Feb 21 & 22: No-school Nature Camp (grades 1-5)​

​▶ Mar 5: Emerging Ecologist: Maple Sugaring (grades 6-9)

​▶ Mar 19: Scouts BSA Merit Badge - Citizenship in the Community

​▶ Mar 20: Signs of Spring Nature Walk (all ages)

​▶ Apr 14: Scouts BSA Merit Badge - Communications

▶ Mon, Apr 18-Fri, Apr 22: Spring Break Nature Camp (grades 1-5)

▶ Mon, Apr 18-Fri, Apr 22: Spring Break Emerging Ecologist (grades 6-9)
▶ Sun, Apr 24: Earth Day Celebration!