Military Kids National Guard Family Overnight

The Aspen leaves just began changing, and this weekend Cottonwood Institute had the chance to see the leaves and enjoy the fall weather camping with four National Guard families in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. The group had various outdoor experience but one commonality, as one of the mom’s explained, “My family doesn’t usually camp and my husband… Read more »

Beer Release Party


RSVP Today For Our Beer Release Party On November 4, 2015!

Fall is here and there is a nip in the air, which means it is time for our Annual Beer Release Party to benefit Cottonwood Institute (CI). We are excited to partner with Jagged Mountain Brewing Company to host our annual Beer Release Party on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 to enjoy Jagged Mountain’s latest limited-edition… Read more »



Urban Farm Volunteer Project with Re:Vision

It was a sunny September morning, as a group of bright eye bushy-tailed Cottonwood Institute volunteers gathered at what looked to be an old abandoned warehouse with willing hands, ready to work! Little did we know how far this old warehouse had come in the past year and the vision and passion leading it forward…. Read more »

Colorado Youth For A Change


Old Friendships Shine and New Friendships Emerge

The sun shined promisingly as a group of adventurous teenage girls met in the Centaurus High School parking lot, ready for a night of backpacking in the woods. The girls knew each other from school, but still had some familiarizing to do as a group. One thing they all had in common was being part… Read more »

The Throwdown 2015


We Threw Down At The Throwdown

Who threw down at The Throwdown? Close to 150 participants, volunteers, and supporters threw down at The Throwdown at Union Station on Saturday, August 8th, 2015, which is Cottonwood Institute’s annual charity cornhole tournament. Music from DJ Mykey Mcfly pumped an infectious vibe throughout Union Station, while Living The Dream Brewing Company and Marley Coffee… Read more »

Eric Ellison


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 »

Military Kids Project


Military Families Appreciate Fire, Fossils, and Fun

Every trip has that seminal moment where you realize what makes it unique from others. This holds true for our last Cottonwood Institute adventure to Sanborn Western Camps in Florissant, CO.  The sole purpose of this weekend excursion was to reach out to military families in the Denver/Colorado Springs area and provide a relaxing, fun, and… Read more »

The Throwdown: Charity Cornhole Tournament


The Throwdown 2015: Would You Rather Edition

It is go time people! The Throwdown to benefit Cottonwood Institute is less than 1 month away on Saturday, August 8th, 2015 in front of Union Station in Denver, CO. In order to help get you pumped for the event, we have put together a little round of The Throwdown 2015 – Would You Rather Edition:… Read more »



Casa de le Esperanza Explores Another World

A couple weeks ago, Cottonwood Institute teamed up with Casa de la Esperanza, a housing community in Longmont hosted by Boulder County Housing Authority, and engaged seven kids, one chaperon, and two Cottonwood Instructors in a weekend adventure exploring new lands.  As the bus pulled away from the city and entered the luscious green of the Boulder… Read more »