In loving memory of Patricia "Peej" Davis

of Valdosta, Georgia who loved

Sylvan Dale and was the Heart-J Center's

first major donor. 

"I support the Heart-J Center because I like the idea that long after I’m gone, this place that I helped to get started will be providing amazing experiences for people. What a legacy! I get so much joy out of hearing the stories that result from Heart-J programs. This is the most exciting project I’ve ever been part of. 

Make your gift by credit card above or send a check to
Heart-J Center, PO Box 2736, Loveland, CO 80539

Maximize Your Gift Through Monthly Giving
Sustaining Donors make a huge difference for Heart-J Center programs. Your support goes even further when you make a gift -of $10, $25, $100 a month. Choose MONTHLY on the form above. Thank you! 

Build the Foundation for the Future ~

Heart-J Legacy Circle

72 years ago, in the summer of 1946, Maurice and Mayme “Tillie” Jessup launched a dream by purchasing 125 acres along the Big Thompson River.
 Over the years, Maurice and Tillie turned their initial investment in Sylvan Dale — 
$12,502* — into a legacy of meaningful experiences for tens of thousands of guests from around the world.  Members of the Heart-J Legacy Circle honor Maurice and Tillie's dedication to education and their passion for enriching people's lives by sharing the wonders of Sylvan Dale.


We are planning the installation of a River Walk Trail with interpretive signs and outdoor sculpture. Heart-J Legacy families will receive special recognition along the River Walk.



*Click here to read the story behind the bid that won the Ranch in 1946!

Special thanks to the Founding Members of the Heart-J Legacy Circle:

Patricia Davis
Judith Aranow and Vicki Feiner/Rita A. Aranow Family Fund
Bruce and Muriel Hach/Hach Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado

The Jessup Family
The Armstrong Family
The Lavin Family Foundation

Charlie and Carolyn Bouchard/Bouchard Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado

The Kolodziej/Machon Family

Harry Devereaux

Earl and Lis Sethre/The Sethre Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado

Dr. Bob and Becky Tello


Sylvan Dale Cowgirl Legacy Members: Linda Carlson, Leslie Hall, The Jagiello Family, Karen Krueger, Holly and Ted Heidenreich, Gayle Carey, SilverHawk Russi, Susan Ashworth, and Marge Flemings


Sylvan Dale Dude Guest Legacy Members: John and Sharon Slatery, Nancy Stoops, Ted and Helen Lardner, Paula D'Aguanno, Michele Bonneau, Wendy White and Jim Franson, and Sandy McBrayer



Heart-J Legacy donations can be made by credit card using the form above or by check to the address below. If you would like to arrange a donation of appreciated stock, please contact Laura at 970-690-4221. Collective gifts from family and friends that add up to $12,502 or more may be applied as a Heart-J Legacy donation and we also accept multi-year pledges to achieve Heart-J Legacy status. 

Prefer to Write a Check?
The donation form above allows gifts by credit and debit card. If you'd rather make a donation by mail, please make your check out to Heart J Center, PO Box 2736, Loveland, CO 80539

Become a Major Donor

If the mission of the Heart-J Center and the vision for the future of Sylvan Dale Ranch are a good fit for  your philanthropic goals, we invite you to become a major donor through a donation of cash, stock, mutual funds or other appreciated property, or in your estate plans, please contact Laura Armstrong at or 970-690-4221 to discuss ways to tailor  your investment to meet your goals. 

A Commitment to Excellence
The Heart J Center for Experiential Learning is committed to transparency, accountability, and excellence. Please contact us anytime with questions. The Heart J Center board of directors and staff have committed to 100% participation in annual giving. We are grateful to those who share our vision for experiential learning and we highly value each contribution made in support of the Heart J Center’s mission.

The Heart J Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (EIN 46-4993961). 

Your donation today is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.