A Facebook group devoted to Ringwood posted an urgent call to attend a town meeting on Monday, January 14th, and we’d like to second that call to action. On December 31, 2012, The New Jersey Audubon Society had to close Weis Ecology Center due to funding issues. Most of the buildings at Weis are from the 1930s and need pretty extensive renovations. A change in a public funding policy for school field trips essentially closed off a major source of dollars that came in to the Ecology Center so funding for those needed building renovations (estimated at around $2 million) became hopelessly out of reach.
New Jersey Audubon agreed to hold a Town Meeting on Monday, January 14th, at 7:00pm at Weis Ecology Center after Ringwood citizens and nature lovers from all over began to wonder what they could do to help.
The official word from New Jersey Audubon is that they are looking for another environmental interest group to take over the property. For now, the trails and land are open for hikers but all the buildings are closed and unavailable for use.
If you have happy childhood memories of exploring nature and earning scout badges or even if you just love Ringwood and it’s beautiful outdoors spaces, get up to Weis Ecology Center on Monday night and see what you can do to help.
No excuses, here are directions!
Take Route 287 North to exit 55 (Wanaque-Pompton Lakes).
Turn right at the end of the exit ramp onto Ringwood Avenue (Route 511 North).
After approximately 4 miles, turn left onto Westbrook Road. This is the first left after the Ringwood Diner and Pancake House on your right.
Westbrook Road forks: bear to the left. After the fork, take the second left turn onto Snake Den Road. Snake Den Road also forks: bear to the left. Look for the Weis Ecology Center sign and outer parking lot about 1/3 mile from this fork.
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