Upcoming Events

January 4, 2020 - Open House - 12 to 4

Come find out what Heart-J Veterans is about. Check out the NEW Heart-J Center headquarters.

 Meet current members Enjoy food and friendship. 


Monthly Gatherings - 12 to 4

Each month, Heart-J Veterans spend a Saturday

afternoon together, enjoying food and friendship

around the campfire. Optional hike available each month. Sign up at right for more info, including notices of special events like trail rides, archery, and other activities! 

February 22nd

March 14th

Warriors Write! Retreat   2020 Dates TBD

A 4-day, 3 night retreat for women veterans focused on unlocking creativity, building community, and discovering the power of story.

Free of charge thanks to our generous donors.

Learn more and register at Warriors Write

SongwritingWith:Soldiers Retreat

October 23-25, 2020

This weekend retreat gives veterans the chance to partner with professional songwriters to put words to the experiences of war and homecoming. This powerful weekend creates life-changing results. 

Learn more and register at Songwriting

About Heart-J Veterans 

Sylvan Dale Ranch is a historic guest ranch with 3,000 beautiful acres in the foothills just west of Loveland. Only 30 minutes from Fort Collins and 45 minutes from Greeley, this incredible place is now available as a resource for Northern Colorado Veterans from all branches, all years.

Heart-J Veterans takes a three-part approach to serve Veterans and their families in Northern Colorado:


Monthly Adventures

Each month we'll gather at Sylvan Dale to explore and learn something new. Depending on the season, we might go for a hike, learn painting or photography, go rock climbing, ride horses on backcountry trails, fly fish on the Big Thompson, or practice archery.


Service Projects

Small teams of Veterans will take on a variety of projects -- at the Ranch and elsewhere, in partnership with other community organization -- from trail building and debris clean-up to working with school children. With a long list of projects to choose from and flexible timing, this is a great way to give back and make a difference in our community.


Peer-to-Peer Connection

Squad-level mentorship to help Veterans navigate the mission of civilian life.  We are teaming up to do more together. If you are a Veteran in need of assistance or if you have the drive to help other Veterans in need, we invite you to be part of Heart-J Vets.



Heart-J Veterans Steering Committee 

  • Tim Wixon                    U.S. Army SSG (1989-2012) - Bronze Star Recipient

  • Martha Parker             U.S. Army SGT (2003-2016)

  • Bernie Lodge               U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard (1995-2016)

  • John Reardon               U.S. Navy, ET Petty Officer, Vietnam (1964-1967) - Navy Unit Commendation Recipient

  • Jennifer Burch              U.S. Air Force, Operations Manager (2008-2014)

  • Michelle  Glanville       U.S. Air Force, Desert Storm (1988-1992)

  • Stephen Lunt               U.S. Marine Corps SGT, 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion (2004-2012) - Purple Heart Recipient

  • Chadd Sewall               U.S. Army SSG, Field Medic, Desert Storm - Purple Heart Recipient

  • Jessica Christen           U.S. Marine OEF Combat Vet Spouse and Equine Specialist



Heart-J Center for Experiential Learning
PO Box 150, Masonville, CO 80541
Tax ID#: 46-4993961
HJC is a 501(c)3 charitable organization