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A Vision for the Future of Sylvan Dale Ranch
Heart-J Center offers learning adventures that make the most of the rich biodiversity, scenic beauty, and Western heritage of historic Sylvan Dale Ranch. The Ranch serves as an inspiring 3,000-acre outdoor classroom and living laboratory in the Colorado foothills.
The Jessup Family, owners of Sylvan Dale since 1946, are working on a succession plan that will result in the donation of Sylvan Dale to the non-profit Heart-J Center. The tradition of guest ranching (dating back more than 100 years!) will continue and we will create new programs promoting learning, wellness, community building, and more.
Hands-On Learning For All Ages
Heart J Center for Experiential Learning • Loveland, Colorado
explore . . . discover . . . create
A Growing Venture
Program Themes that Make the Most of Sylvan Dale's Natural History, Scenic Beauty, and Western Heritage
Finding Strength in Partnership
To make the most of time and resources, Heart-J Center works hand-in-hand with schools, businesses, government agencies, and community organizations to plan programs for their students, employees, members, and constituents.
Since 2014, Heart-J Center has partnered with...
28 schools from 6 school districts
11 community organizations
30 college and university departments
3 local government agencies
Changing Lives Through
Exploration, Discovery, Creativity, & Connection
Whether participants come to the Heart-J Center for a school field trip,
an art class, or a wellness retreat, each visit to Sylvan Dale
is memorable, and often transformational.
With Gratitude to the Founding Members of the Heart-J Legacy Circle:
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
Sylvan Dale Cowgirl Legacy Members: Linda Carlson, Leslie Hall, The Jagiello Family, Karen Krueger,
Holly and Ted Heidenreich, Gayle Carey, SilverHawk Russi, Susan Larson, and Susan Ashworth
Sylvan Dale Dude Guest Legacy Members: John and Sharon Slatery, Nancy Stoops, Ted and Helen Lardner, Paula D'Aguanno, Michele Bonneau, and Sandy McBrayer