Native American Living History Week
July 19-25, 2020

21st Anniversary Program!

Join the Heart-J Center for Experiential Learning at Sylvan Dale Ranch in July 2020 for a chance to immerse yourself in Native American history and culture as Gray Wolf and his fellow historians bring ancient traditions to life.


Your whole family will enjoy this unforgettable week in Colorado with opportunities for learning Native American crafts, skills, and traditions all in a beautiful riverside setting. This is a perfect intergenerational vacation, with fun and engaging activities for all ages.




















Who is Gray Wolf? 
Gray Wolf's ancestry includes Northern Cheyenne of the Great Plains and Micmac of the far Northeast. He has traveled the country for many years in search of knowledge from his People, and he has lived in his tipi for extended periods of time as well as with just bedrolls on the ground. He spent time on several reservations, learning what he could of lifeways from tribal elders and others. Gray Wolf took an 11-month horse pack trip riding from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Canada experiencing life on the trail, and he has been a working cowboy. He is a professional guide for canoe trips, horse-packing, kayaking, back-packing and prospecting. Gray Wolf also teaches rock-climbing and survival skills. He has spent over two decades sharing his knowledge and interesting anecdotes with audiences of all ages in a diverse range of programs. His real-life experience gives him a solid platform from which to share his knowledge of Native Americans, Mountain Men, Cowboys, wilderness survival and all that these subjects entail.


Lodging, Meals, Horseback Riding and More!
The Heart-J Center is working in partnership with Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, which will provide wonderful food, comfortable lodging and a range of additional outdoor adventures like horseback riding, nature walks, cookouts and more. Your family will have the chance to truly unplug and enjoy the outdoors, learn new skills and reconnect with each other during this incredible learning vacation.  


Want to be part of this incredible family adventure? Enter your contact info below and we'll be in touch within 24 hours, or for faster response, contact Karen at (970) 667-3915 or


We all seem to be so busy, it is often hard to stop and just take time to reflect. The atmosphere Gray Wolf creates within his tipi is palpable. It’s a space that is calming, balancing and restorative. We can learn so much from a people who have always worked closely and harmoniously with nature. Our week with Gray Wolf each summer restores and fosters connection within our family.

Sara Reville

Worcestershire, United Kingdom

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Discover a new way to answer the question, "What did you do on your summer vacation?" Your family will experience a range of fun and informative activities that will bring Native American traditions to life. Try your hand at crafts like leather working and arrow making, learn skills like tomahawk throwing and knife throwing and hear fascinating stories of the past. 


Activity Details


Gray Wolf spends much of his time experiencing the old ways of the 1700s and 1800s. He lives often in his tipi, wears authentic clothing, uses ancient tools and cooks over open fires. He studies Native American history and philosophy, and with great respect works to keep alive the ancient lifeways of some of the earliest peoples to inhabit the land now known as North America. He loves sharing his knowledge with people of all ages through stories, activities, and crafts! 
Gray Wolf ~ Bio


All-Inclusive Rates:

Adults (13 and up)    $2580

Youth (7-12)               $1830

Children (3-6)            $1150



  • Native American Week activities (detailed list)

  • Comfortable cabins with daily housekeeping services

  • Hearty ranch-style meals

  • Your own horse for your stay

  • Horseback riding adventures on the trail and in the arena

  • Western riding instruction

  • Campfire and s’mores

  • Guided Nature Walk

  • Bass and trout fishing

  • Youth program activities (see below)*



  • Hiking trails

  • Game Courts – Tennis, Pickle Ball, Four-Square, Basketball, Shuffleboard

  • Outdoor heated pool

  • Volleyball and horseshoes

  • Game Room – ping-pong and billiards

*Extra Fun for the Kids!
Our morning youth program gives ages 3-12 a real bonding experience with their horse: ranch chores, horse care, trail riding, horsemanship lessons. 


Heart-J Center for Experiential Learning
PO Box 2736, Loveland, CO 80539
Tax ID#: 46-4993961
HJC is a 501(c)3 charitable organization