New Website Launch!

Welcome to Cottonwood Institute’s new website! We love the new look and feel and how it clearly articulates who we are and what we do. The Home Page in particular is very easy to navigate, featuring drop-down menus and clickable photo links to our most popular pages. We are excited about the newly improved About Us page, which… Read more »

Cottonwood Institute Best of 2014


Best Of 2014 Video: Watch. Give. Share.

2014 has been an amazing year and we can’t wait to share the incredible experiences we created for our students and share how they ignited change in their communities. There are 3 things you can do right now to help us reach our annual giving goal to raise $20,000 by December 31, 2014 to help… Read more »



5 Easy Ways To Give On #GivingTuesday

WHAT IS IT? #Giving Tuesday is here and today officially kicks off the giving season! Hopefully you survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but this is a day dedicated to charities and for giving back. WHAT FOR? Between now and December 31, 2014, Cottonwood Institute is committed to raising $20,000 to meet our annual giving… Read more »

Earth Task Force


Earth Task Force Curbs Consumerism with Clothes-Cycling

On Thursday, November 13th, 2014, a student led environmental action team at New Vista High School called the Earth Task Force (ETF) implemented a Clothing Swap event during the school’s hour long lunch. ETF worked a couple weeks prior to the event to create a comedic promotional video to grab the attention of the students… Read more »



Top 10 Inspiring Stories from 2014

What were our students up to this year with Cottonwood Institute? Check out our Top 10 Inspiring Stories from 2014! We are wrapping up another awesome year here at Cottonwood Institute. As we reflect on 2014, we’re awed at the incredible adventures, growth, and action projects our students have accomplished. None of this would have been possible… Read more »



2014 Beer Release Party At Wynkoop Brewing Company

UPDATE: Online registration is now closed, but we are still taking walk up registrations at the door tonight. Come join us! The leaves are falling and the snow is coming, which means it is time for Cottonwood Institute’s annual Beer Release Party Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm at Wynkoop Brewing Company. RSVP… Read more »



CAP Students Shed Light on the GMO Debate

In fall of 2014, Community Adventure Program (CAP) students at New Vista High School in Boulder, Colorado, chose to study the controversial topic of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). After watching documentaries, visiting Alfalfa’s Market, and conducting extensive research, they invited speakers from both sides of the issue to their class. Speakers from Right to Know… Read more »



Students at STRIVE Excel Backpack, Lead, and Learn with CAP

In late October, students from STRIVE Preparatory Schools’ Excel campus went backpacking as part of their Community Adventure Program (CAP) class with Cottonwood Institute. CAP at STRIVE is a semester-long class, which meets two days each week for 15 weeks. The first few weeks of class in August and September focused on teambuilding, nature awareness,… Read more »