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A Wolf Lickin’ Good Time with STRIVE Schools

STRIVE Montbello and STRIVE Excel took memorable trips out to Mission: Wolf for a wolf lickin’, tree cuttin’, hay stackin’, night hikin’, stargazin’ good time! During our stay at the sanctuary, we had the opportunity to participate in a number of exciting activities; some highlights included team-building games, a night hike through Carcass Canyon, an… Read more »



A Perfect Recipe for the Perfect Adventure!

  All recipes call for a variety of ingredients depending on what you are creating.  At Cottonwood Institute, we create adventure, and we had the perfect ingredients for the perfect adventure this past May when we teamed up with Mission: Wolf for Littleton Academy’s third annual fifth grade trip. Over 50 fifth graders made the trek to… Read more »

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Science and Technology Meet Fire and Ecology

Everyone was packed and ready for a wet and rainy weekend of camping when thirteen 7th and 8th graders departed The Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) in Stapleton on a grey Saturday morning. While many expectations were filled and exceeded, the rain held off to deliver a sunny weekend with lots of learning, laughing… Read more »

Logan School Orchard


Logan School Explores Plants in Paonia!

“Do not try this at home.” The instructions were crystal clear, and meant to be taken with the utmost seriousness. Yet for some odd reason, we as a crowd could not help but chuckle collectively, as we sat under the setting sun watching our friends perform stunning break-dance moves such as “The Grinder.” It was the perfect way… Read more »



New Vista Students Help Boulder “Bee” Pesticide Free!

The Community Adventure Program (CAP) at New Vista High School in Boulder just finished up their spring quarter and student-led Action Project, tackling the very pervasive issue of native bee decline in Boulder County.  Each quarter the students decide on a topic of interest for their Action Project and the class works together to figure… Read more »

Strive Preparatory School


STRIVing To Reduce Transportation Pollution

Have you ever been concerned with a local environmental issue, but didn’t think you had the tools to tackle it? STRIVE Preparatory Schools Westwood campus students rolled up their sleeves and put their skills to the test through Cottonwood Institute’s Community Adventure Program (CAP). STRIVE Westwood students that participated in the CAP class this spring… Read more »

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Upcoming Event: Trattoria Stella on Colfax

We are so grateful for Trattoria Stella on Colfax for naming Cottonwood Institute to be their nonprofit beneficiary for Sunday Service on Sunday, May 31st, 2015 from 5-9pm. Every Sunday, Trattoria Stella donates 10% of sales to benefit a local nonprofit. Make your reservation today by calling 303.320.8635 or drop by for a cocktail and appetizers… Read more »

Voice of America


In The News: Voice of America

Thank you Paula Vargas and Voice of America for sharing the Cottonwood Institute’s story about how we are empowering students to improve their schools, the community, and the environment for future generations. Read the article or watch the video and share with your networks!  

Strive Preparatory Schools


STRIVE Westwood Lobos and Montbello Pumas Come Together to Discover Eagles, Deer, and Each Other!

This past weekend, Cottonwood Institute instructors and STRIVE Preparatory Schools students from two different campuses traveled with their teachers to Cal-Wood Education Center for an overnight camping adventure to learn about fire ecology in the Boulder County foothills. At Cal-Wood, students got to experience low impact camping while also learning and practicing “Leave No Trace” principles. For some STRIVE… Read more »