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Alumni Engagement and Evaluation Report 2016

Cottonwood Institute (CI) has been delivering environmental education and service learning programs for the past 13 years and we were curious: What are the CI alumni we taught years ago up to these days and how did our programs impact them reflecting back years later? So we set out to re-engage our alumni what we… Read more »

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Back Together: Cottonwood Institute Alumni Reunite

On a crisp fall evening in Boulder, CO, a group of Cottonwood Institute Alumni got together to catch up and reminisce over hot drinks at a local coffee shop. For many, it was the first time they had seen each other since high school over 10 years ago. Representatives from the very first Community Adventure… Read more »

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Former Student Joins Cottonwood Institute Board

Eric Ellison, former student, volunteer, instructor, and donor just joined the Cottonwood Institute (CI) Board of Directors. “It’s really amazing to see the impact of our programs come full circle and to reconnect with a former student. It is inspiring to see alumni take the initiative to get back involved and to give back to… Read more »

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Alumni Spotlight: Belen Colin

We recently had an opportunity to catch up with a former Cottonwood Institute (CI) student, Belen Colin, and wanted to find out what she is up to and how she was impacted by her CI experience. What are you up to these days? I currently work as an academic coach for an online school in… Read more »

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Alumni Spotlight: Brian Fauver

Are you a Cottonwood alumnus? We’d love to hear from you! What are you up to? Email Us! We recently had the opportunity to reconnect with Brian Fauver, a Cottonwood Institute alumnus. Even as he enters a graduate degree program, he continues to use the problem-solving, critical thinking, and leadership skills he gained through CAP…. Read more »

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Alumni Spotlight: Dana Nelson

Dana was one of the very first students to register for the Cottonwood Institute’s core educational program called the Community Adventure Program at New Vista High School when the program first launched during the 2003 – 2004 school year. Q: What are you up to these days? A: Well I’m a recent graduate from the… Read more »

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Alumni Snapshot: Jeremy Bacon

Jeremy took the Wildland Firefighter Project from the Cottonwood Institute a few years ago. Since then, Jeremy volunteered with Americorps where he was sent to City Year Boston to work at an inner city elementary school in Boston, Massachusetts. Jeremy acted as events coordinator for in school programs and helped run their after school programs as… Read more »

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Alumni Snapshot: Cailin Marsden

Cailin Marsden was a part of the very first Community Adventure Program (CAP) class at New Vista High School in the fall of 2003. Since then she has kept in touch with the Cottonwood Institute and for a short time helped to contribute to the Institute’s blog. Cailin’s passion for the environment and the outdoors… Read more »

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Alumni Snapshot: Coral Hackler

While trying to get in touch with past Cottonwood Institute students, I got a very enthusiastic response from Coral Hackler. Coral took the Community Adventure Program at New Vista High School in 2004. She was very excited to be able to contribute to the Cottonwood Institute in any way she could. Here is what she… Read more »

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Alumni Snapshot: Chelsea Weiskerger

What do Cottonwood Institute students go on to do later in life? What are these folks doing today to feed their passion for the outdoors and the environment? Well, over the past few weeks I have been getting back in touch with Cottonwood Institute Alumni to see what they are up to. The first alumnus… Read more »