Location & Cost

(Same for Each Event)


Sylvan Dale Ranch

2939 N. County Rd. 31D
 Loveland, CO 80538

(Meet at the Hilltop Parking Lot)


Cost: $5.00* 

    *children 12 and under are free



Join Dave Armstrong and John Hallagan for our monthly Sylvan Dale Safari Series where you'll learn about Sylvan Dale's rich natural history while engaging in interactive adventures exploring the wild animals that call this place home. Discussions will draw on parallels between African and North American environments and wildlife. Participants will also explore the practical aspects of viewing and experiencing wildlife in their environments, the ecological implications of certain behaviors in varied habitats, and how and why various wildlife inhabit certain ecological niches.


Although we can never guarantee you'll see wildlife, we can promise a memorable day outdoors!


Please feel free to register for one safari date or follow the changing of the seasons at Sylvan Dale by registering for as many dates as you'd like. Each outing is sure to offer something new!


These adventures are for ages 8+ and activities may include moderate hiking of up to two miles. 


What to Bring: Participants should be prepared for a 1/2 day

outing: dress appropriately for the weather, wear good hiking footwear,

and bring plenty of water and snacks. 

Before you Arrive: Please print and sign our liability waiver and provide

a copy for each participant upon arrival.




Registration for each outing will cap at 20

All proceeds go to support our youth outdoor education programs!



  • April 13, 9AM - 12PM

  • April 20, 9AM - 12PM

  • May 18, 9AM - 12PM

  • June 2, 9AM - 12PM

  • June 23, 9AM - 12PM

  • July 14, 9AM - 12PM

  • August 4, 9AM - 12PM

Guide:  Dave Armstrong

Dr. Dave Armstrong (Colorado) Dave is Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he taught Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Environmental Studies for 39 years. Dave’s publications include Mammals of Colorado and Rocky Mountain Mammals. Dave is Resident Naturalist at Sylvan Dale, engaging visitors of all ages with stories that intertwine the natural history, geology, and human history of this remarkable place. 

Guide:  John Hallagan

John Hallagan is a dedicated Heart-J Center volunteer and is passionate about sharing the wonders of our ecological community with visitors to Sylvan Dale. John has a degree in Zoology and worked in Africa studying African elephants. John enjoys being in the wild and sharing his experiences with all sorts of wildlife, African and American, and how to experience the excitement of being with wildlife on their turf.

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