Spotlight on Outdoor Education

Heart-J Center outdoor education field trips give school kids the chance to thrive outside the classroom. Students explore geology, river ecology, wildlife habitat, team building, horses, watercolor, nature journaling and more. Ranging from elementary to high school grades, kids are at the perfect age to form or strengthen their connection to nature, while having hands-on experiences on a wide range of natural history subjects. Some kids who visit the Ranch with their class have never been in nature before -- can you imagine the impact?

Our school group visits often bring a lot of students, and we rely on our volunteer corps to help teach them fundamentals of environmental science. Kids also spend time hiking and working together on the Challenge Course, so if you're not an expert in river ecology or geology, don't worry! We can always use your help.

Interested? Watch this video to learn more about this cornerstone piece of Heart-J Center programming!



“The Heart J Center was an amazing experience for our 5th-grade students. 87% of our students live in poverty and 83% are part of a minority demographic, including refugee students. This was the first time some of our students had left Greeley. Many of our students have parents who have multiple jobs or do not have transportation to give their children opportunities to experience Colorado nature. This field trip made that possible for them and they learned a great amount, while also enjoying the outdoors and having an experience they'll never forget.”

-Maria Hoxmeier
Jackson Elementary School, Greeley

Who can volunteer?

All backgrounds and interests are welcomed. Frequent program themes include geology, wildlife, botany, river ecology, team building, communication, writing, painting, nature crafts, horses and more. If you like being outdoors and sharing time with young people, get in touch with us today. You will make a real difference in kids' lives and have a whole lot of fun! Please note that all outdoor education volunteers must pass a background check.

If you'd like to join the Heart-J Volunteer Team, please fill out the Volunteer Application Form. Education Program Manager Silas Binkley will be in touch. Thanks so much!

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

-Jane Goodall


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