Sylvan Dale Ranch:

A Crossroads of Natural and Human History

All Heart-J Center programs are located at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, seven miles west of Loveland, Colorado.

Sylvan Dale is a living laboratory in the foothills west of Loveland, Colorado with incredible geologic variation, more than 400 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and butterflies, and a wonderfully rich human history. 

Time and again people leave Sylvan Dale having been transformed. Whether they visit as a dude ranching guest, for a company retreat, or for a family wedding, visitors leave with new perspectives on themselves and their environment.

The purpose of the Heart-J Center is to make these transformative experiences available to many more people each year by providing a wide array of educational opportunities. 


Heart-J Center is an independent organization inspired by the memory of Maurice and Mayme (Tillie) Jessup, who founded Sylvan Dale in 1946 and loved sharing this place with guests from around the world. Maurice and Tillie believed in the power of education to make a difference in the world and knew that there was no better place to do it than the beautiful valley they called home.

The unique setting and history of Sylvan Dale create wonderful opportunities for outdoor education and hands-on learning. With 3,000 acres of grassland and forest, rocky ridges and canyons, and the Big Thompson River running through it, Sylvan Dale offers an extraordinary outdoor classroom and living laboratory.