Trattoria Stella


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 or drop by for a cocktail and appetizers and say… 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 Discovery 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 »



CAP Class Builds Group Cohesion and Raises Team Morale

+-*The Community Adventure Program (CAP) students from New Vista High School in Boulder, CO gladly scurried to the mountains for their first overnight trip of the quarter last weekend!  The group was more than ready to enjoy the CAP class outside classroom walls.  Cottonwood Institute’s CAP program provides outdoor excursions throughout the quarter where students… Read more »

SRL Youth Earth Festival


ETF Superheroes Converge on Earth Day

+-*On March 22nd, 2015 youth groups and environmental educators from around Longmont, Boulder and Denver were invited to host booths in the first annual Youth of the Earth Day Festival. Earth Task Force was one of 33 youth booths and 36 environmental educator booths which showed up with activities for the fair-goers to participate in,… Read more »

Ripple Effect Award


2015 Base Camp Bash Exceeded Expectations

+-*Wow, what a night! Cottonwood Institute hosted its 10th Annual Base Camp Bash this past Saturday, April 11th, 2015 at RedLine in Denver and the event exceeded our wildest expectations. The VIP Party set the stage for a great evening with music from the Lance Acker Quartet, cocktail tasting from Randy and Ryan Layman from… Read more »

Great Divide Tap Room


Great Divide Tap Room Beneficiary

+-*Run, or walk briskly, over to Great Divide this month because Cottonwood Institute is one of the Tap Room beneficiaries for the month of April, 2015. Great Divide will generously donate 100% of sample size pours to two worthy nonprofit organizations each month. 3 oz. sample size pours cost $1, so put together a flight… Read more »

Confluence Denver


In The News: Confluence Denver

+-*  We are very grateful to our friends at Confluence Denver for posting this great article: Cottonwood Institute Celebrates Environmental Education in Denver with Base Camp Bash. Check it out and share the link to your network to help spread the good word about Cottonwood Institute!

Change Your World


Johnson & Wales Students Embarked on 5th Annual Sustainability Summit

+-*As the bright sun rose last Friday, March 20, 2015, four vans of excited and passionate Johnson & Wales University (JWU) students headed over to the Alliance Center to spend their day diving into the many layers of sustainability as they embarked on the 5th Annual Sustainability Summit hosted by Cottonwood Institute. When students arrived,… Read more »



The Perfect Mix: Enthusiastic Cottonwood Institute Instructors & A Warm Sunny Winter Weekend

+-*Cottonwood Institute (CI) headed to the mountains to explore with an enthusiastic, down-to-earth, bunch of new and well-versed instructors!  Our annual instructor training was held at Calwood Education Center outside of Jamestown, CO and was full of laughs, learning, sharing, and friendships in the making. “The CI instructor training was a wonderful reminder of why… Read more »