Ripple Effect Awards


2016 Base Camp Bash Shatters Fundraising Goal

Excitement was in the air as the 2016 Base Camp Bash kicked off on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 at the Posner Center in Denver, CO to benefit Cottonwood Institute (CI). CI shattered its fundraising goal and grossed over $77,000 from the Bash! The VIP Party kicked off the night and guests were greeted by the… Read more »

Community Adventure Program


Westwood CAP Field Day at Garfield Lake Park

The Community Adventure Program (CAP) students at STRIVE Prep – Westwood were so excited about their upcoming overnight camping trip that they just couldn’t wait to spend a day outdoors! Cottonwood was happy to accommodate this request by scheduling a day trip at a local park. On April 9th, four students, two instructors, and a STRIVE teacher spent six… Read more »



CAP Students Living in the Moment

Snug as a bug, students packed in among backpacks and gear, eager to see what awaited them on their new adventure.  This last weekend the Community Adventure Program (CAP) of New Vista High School headed to beautiful Cal-wood Education Center near Jamestown, CO.  They were met with snowy hilltops and sunshine bright enough to create lots of rosy sun-kissed cheeks…. Read more »

Sustainability Summit 2016


6th Annual Sustainability Summit with Johnson & Wales University

Cottonwood Institute and Johnson & Wales University Student Government Association teamed up once again to host the 6th Annual Sustainability Summit at The Alliance Center in Downtown Denver. Despite the snow and icy roads, the day started off with an exciting presentation from Sonrisa Lucero, Sustainability Strategist from the City of Denver’s Office of Sustainability…. Read more »

Sarah Rudeen


Cottonwood Institute Welcomes Sarah Rudeen

Cottonwood Institute (CI) is celebrating some much-needed additional support by welcoming Sarah Rudeen. Sarah is a passionate educator and lover of all things outdoors and has mad skills to help the CI team thrive. Sarah is excited to help support CI behind the scenes to help get our programs up and running, help with our… Read more »

Base Camp Bash


Registration Open For The 2016 Base Camp Bash

Get ready to live folks! Registration is now open for the Base Camp Bash on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 from 5pm – 9pm at the Posner Center in Denver, CO. The Base Camp Bash is not your typical boring fundraising event. Your taste buds will be tantalized with amazing food from Snooze, Cake Crumbs, and… Read more »



KIPP Montbello Students Trekkin’ it on Snowshoes

Have you ever experienced the full potential of what nature can offer?  Students at KIPP Montbello Collegiate High School, as part of the Cottonwood Institute’s Community Adventure Program, were able to experience nature up close and personal when they took a snowshoe trip to the mountains at Caribou Ranch. As the bus arrived in the parking lot,… Read more »

Donovan Cordova


Volunteer Spotlight: Donovan Cordova

Cottonwood Institute recently had the opportunity to reconnect with rock star volunteer, Donovan Cordova, to find out what he has been up to: Tell us about yourself, where you are from, and what you are up to these days: I am from Pueblo, Colorado and a huge fanatic of volunteering in the community for over… Read more »