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KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy CAP Students Learn the Value of Teamwork

The KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy CAP students experienced personal and physical challenges on their class overnight trip to Cal-Wood. Despite the difficulties, together we ultimately gained first-hand experience in the importance that teamwork has on the ultimate success of the group.  The freshman crew of KIPP students started their Cal-wood camping trip off by exploring the nature area at Rocky… Read more »

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2017 Ripple Effect Award Winners Change Their World

A highlight of the 2017 Base Camp Bash to benefit Cottonwood Institute is the Ripple Effect Award. The Ripple Effect Award is given each year to two outstanding students and is all about celebrating how our smallest actions, even those we can’t immediately see, can ripple out into the community to have an even greater impact. I am honored to accept… Read more »

E Guidelines

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Cottonwood Institute: Official Partner and Provider for E Movement Launch in Boulder County

Boulder County has launched a first-of-its-kind collective made up of schools, teachers, and environmental educators who will use a set of guidelines to ensure all students graduating in Boulder Valley School District and St. Vrain Valley School District participate in meaningful and age appropriate environmental education. After years of collecting data, crunching numbers, and hours… Read more »

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Denver Green Schools Winter Field Day at Caribou Ranch

The two CAP classes from Denver Green School (DGS) recently went on our first trip of the semester; A Winter Field Day at Caribou Ranch. We took 17 students, Keith Truitt from DGS, CAP Instructor Colleen, and 4 other Cottonwood Institute instructors. We drove up into the mountains to do some snowshoeing and winter activities…. Read more »

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Community Adventure Program Curriculum Approved By BVSD

In August 2016, Cottonwood Institute (CI) took on a very important last minute project to officially have our Community Adventure Program (CAP) curriculum approved by the Boulder Valley School District Board of Education. This has been a long time coming and will open opportunities for work with more schools in Boulder County. Curriculum approval was… Read more »

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Making Lunch Healthy and Delicious at DGS

The Denver Green School Monday/Wednesday Community Adventure Program (CAP) class recently ended their semester by designing and completing an Action Project. They spent the whole semester learning about environmental issues and how they impact our communities. The students decided that they wanted to focus on one that was near and dear to their hearts: healthy school lunches…. Read more »

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Cherry Creek Shines a Little Brighter Thanks to DGS Students

The Denver Green School Tuesday/Thursday Community Adventure Program (CAP) class recently completed an Action Project to address an issue they studied and identified in their community: water pollution. The students spent several weeks designing and planning a project to address this problem and initiate change in their community. The project that they proposed was a clean-up of… Read more »