It's time to get outside!

Join us to explore the wonders of Sylvan Dale Ranch ... where learning comes naturally.

Heart-J Center is making 2021 a great year! We're offering a series of 2-hour outdoor programs that will open your eyes to the amazing history, geology, wildlife, ranching life, wellness, and creative opportunities here on our 3,000 acre outdoor classroom and living laboratory. Give archery a try, or rock climbing. Meet some cows and calves. Make art, watch hawks soar, and rejuvenate yourself in this serene, peaceful, and restorative place.

Get outside and get connected to nature and yourself!


With 3,000 acres of scenic foothills and pastureland we are committed to providing an experience that connects you with the land, with yourself, and with the Northern Colorado community.

Programs are $10 for adults, kids and teens 17 and younger are free. A few of the art classes are $15 to cover instructor & material costs.

Programs marked *KIDS/FAMILIES* mean that all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by parent, guardian, or caregiver.


Star Party

Date: October 3, 2021

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Heart-J Center at Sylvan Dale Ranch

Kids and Families | Outdoor Education & Adventure

The Rosette Nebula (NGC 2237, Caldwell 49) in the constellation of Monoceros, HST image

During the warmer months (and for special events during the cold ones), the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society holds public observation nights at Sylvan Dale Ranch. Open, dark skies full of wonder await! You can observe the Universe with the telescopes fur

SongwritingWith:Soldiers Retreat

Start date: October 15, 2021

End date: October 17, 2021

Location: Heart-J Center at Sylvan Dale Ranch

Creativity | Veterans | Wellness


For the fourth year, Heart-J Center is honored to partner with SongwritingWith:Soldiers to offer a life-changing weekend of creativity, camaraderie, healing, and fun. SongwritingWith:Soldiers operates from a simple principle — pair veterans and active-duty service members with professional songwriters to craft songs about their military experiences. Find out more >

First Peoples: 10,000 Years on the Land

Date: October 16, 2021

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: Heart-J Center at Sylvan Dale Ranch

History | Kids and Families


Sylvan Dale Ranch is beautiful and abundant, so don’t be surprised to learn that people have lived here for over 10,000 years! Join educator Treloar Bower from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to learn about the peoples who made this valley home.

Come to Your Senses!

Date: November 6, 2021

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Heart-J Center at Sylvan Dale Ranch

Adults | Kids and Families | Outdoor Education & Adventure | Wellness

Join us for a fun sensory experience of Nature as we walk the beautiful landscape of Sylvan Dale Ranch. What do you hear? What can you see? Connecting with our senses is a wonderful way to ground ourselves, relax, and enjoy the sometimes surprising discoveries that can come when we’re fully present.

Backpacking 101

Date: December 11, 2021

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Heart-J Center at Sylvan Dale Ranch

Adults | Kids and Families | Outdoor Education & Adventure

Get into nature and get away from the crowds! Backpacking is your ticket. We’ll start with the basics, discussing the importance of proper planning, equipment selection, and packing for a multi-day outing. This is the perfect primer for a backcountry adventure!