The New Weis Center for Education, Arts & Recreation  |  150 Snake Den Road, Ringwood, NJ 07456  |  973-835-2160

Owned and operated by the Highlands Nature Friends, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization

Reserve NOW for Summer 2024-Spring 2025!

The New Weis Center is located on 152 acres in the Highlands Region of northern New Jersey. Our beautiful property is a living classroom with forest, hiking trails, a brook, seasonal wetlands, recreation field, covered pavilion, picnic grove, firecircle, rain garden, pollinator garden, and raised bed vegetable/herb garden. In addition, our main building has a large multi-purpose room, observation deck, classrooms and multiple restrooms. 

Each field study program provides unique learning opportunities. Our terrific staff provides an attentive, hands-on learning experience and the applied skills to foster a lifelong curiosity for science and a connection to nature. Educators can choose from 7 different lesson rotations to create a customized program, or contact us for assistance selecting the best lessons for your class(es). The lessons will be customized to meet the level of students in grades K-12. The signs and impacts of climate change are woven throughout all programs. If you have students with social, emotional and behavioral special needs, our education team will work with you to make sure the lessons and logistics fit your needs.

​To submit a field trip request, click here. 

If you have questions prior to submitting the field trip request form, please contact us at: or 973-835-2160​.

​Lesson Rotations 

The number of lesson rotations we can schedule will depend on the length of your visit.

NEW lesson coming Fall 2024: Local Geology!

​​Fee: (up to 75 students**)

  • $16 per student:  2 1/2 hr max (typically 2 lesson rotations)
  • $18 per student:  3 1/2 hr max (typically 3 lesson rotations)
  • $20 per student:  4 1/2 hr max (typically 3-4 lesson rotations)
  • Note: lesson rotations are typically 45-55 minutes. Time is allotted for a short welcome and intro, lunch in our picnic grove and pavilion, bathroom breaks and a wrap up.

Please Note:

  • Minimum $275 trip fee
  • **Groups of 75-100 students may be scheduled over multiple days at the standard rates (above), or may come together (same day) for an additional $1 per student 
  • Minimum trip length is 2 hours, maximum length is 4 1/2 hours
  • There is no charge for teachers and chaperones
  • In the case of steady rain or temperatures below freezing the program will be rescheduled. If you require a specific reserved raindate, we will hold it for an additional non-refundable minimum trip fee of $275*
  • Fee includes a reserved picnic area for lunch

Deposit / Payments:

After we receive your reservation request, we will contact you to confirm the date, discuss details of your program.

A minimum deposit of 1/3  of the total amount is due upon booking; the balance is due on or before the date of your trip. Remit payment:

  1. ONLINE - using the "Donate" button above
  2. BY CHECK - made out to "The New Weis Center" and delivered in person or mailed to: 150 Snake Den Road, Ringwood, New Jersey 07456

Cancellation Policy:

  • Our programs are generally rain or shine*; please direct your students and staff to dress accordingly.
  • In the case of steady rain or temperatures below freezing the program will be rescheduled.
  • ​If your school must cancel their trip, please note that there is a $50 fee for cancellations LESS THAN 2 weeks prior to the date of the trip.​ 

*If The New Weis Center makes the decision to cancel due to extreme weather or another emergency, you may choose to to reschedule or we will gladly refund your deposit and/or pre-payment in full.

​For more information or to schedule, contact us at: or 973-835-2160​