A Trip of Firsts for Colorado Youth for a Change Students

Colorado Youth for Change and Cottonwood Institute teamed up to create an impactful experience for ten very lucky high school students from Prairie View and Brighton high schools this summer.  We loaded up the vans and were off on an adventure to Mission: Wolf!  Students didn’t really know what they had signed up for, although… Read more »


The Kids at Casa de la Esperanza Bee-ing Amazing

Do you realize how much of modern human life depends on tiny buzzing insects?  Without bees many of our favorite foods would be gone or vastly more expensive.  And it’s not even just fruit we’d be missing: even *gasp* chocolate and coffee would be at risk.  And bee populations are declining at an alarming rate…. Read more »

Denver Green School


Denver Green School Students Educate Their Community On Environmental Issues

This spring Denver Green School CAP classes had an awesome and exciting semester! We explored the world around us; Learned new skills and wilderness survival; Educated ourselves about environmental issues that affect our communities; And designed and implemented community action projects to affect real change in our worlds! We began the semester by exploring our connection to nature,… Read more »


Military Kids Fire Workshop: Making Flames in the Rain

For many years Cottonwood Institute (CI) has partnered with military programs to provide outings for kids and families serving in the US Military. This year, CI is offering 3 programs as part of a series of engagements with the Colorado Army National Guard. On Wednesday July 12th, three CI instructors took a long drive to… Read more »


Come Throwdown at The Throwdown on August 6, 2017

It wouldn’t be summer without one of the best charity cornhole tournaments to benefit Cottonwood Institute, so come throwdown at The Throwdown on Sunday, August 6th, 2017 at Denver’s Union Station! It’s a pretty big deal, so Register Today! Not only will you help empower underserved students in Colorado through Cottonwood Institute’s award winning programs,… Read more »


STRIVing for a Sustainable Future – Dancing to a New Beat

The Community Adventure Program (CAP) students at STRIVE Prep –RISE had a lofty goal: to have their new school building reflect their values and environmental ethics. These students are the first Freshman class at STRIVE RISE and realize that their actions set the course for the school’s sustainable future. This semester they envisioned and designed a solar… Read more »

Casa de la Esperanza at Beaver Ponds


Casa de la Esperanza Students Spend a Weekend Exploring Beaver Ponds

Rushing creeks and energetic boys from Longmont’s Casa De La Esperanza housing community (Casa) crisscrossed the property of Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center  this summer.  As part of CI’s Community Adventure Program (CAP), the boys explored the high-altitude evergreen forests, captured bugs, fed barnyard animals, spotted beavers, and made medicinal balms. At first glance, the swift… Read more »

BOCES Leadership Workshop


BOCES Students Participate in Leadership Workshop with CI!

Last month, Cottonwood Institute instructors met up with 68 middle and high school students from 15 school districts throughout northeast and east central Colorado. They spent three days at CU Boulder as part of a program hosted by BOCES. They are an umbrella organization providing educational, administrative, technological, and other services to school groups across the state of Colorado. The… Read more »