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Urban Farm Volunteer Project 2016

On a crisp morning on Saturday, September 24th, 2016, 7th and 8th graders from STRIVE Prep – Sunnyside’s Community Adventure Program (CAP) headed down to the Westwood neighborhood of Denver to help out during Cottonwood Institute‘s Urban Farm Volunteer Project with Re:Vision. Re:Vision is a non-profit in Denver that focuses on alleviating the food desert in… Read more »

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New Vista CAP Sings Their Way Through the Woods

With the school year just beginning, Cottonwood Institute‘s Community Adventure Program (CAP) at New Vista High School is back in full swing. This past weekend, the CAP class had their first opportunity to camp and hike as a group. On Saturday morning, we left New Vista for the Cheley Oupost campsites near Allenspark, CO. The group arrived… Read more »

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Teamwork, Fun, and Survival Skills with Military Kids and Families

Since 2010, Cottonwood Institute has been collaborating with the military community along the Colorado Front Range to offer our Military Kids Project. We are honored to make this program possible for active military families and their children to thank them for their incredible service and sacrifice they make for our country. With a small but mighty… Read more »

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Cottonwood Institute Brought the Heat for The Throwdown 2016

As the temperature climbed to 90 degrees, nearly 150 participants and volunteers sweated it out to compete to win The Throwdown 2016, the 7th annual charity cornhole tournament at Denver Union Station to benefit Cottonwood Institute (CI). With the help of numerous volunteers, staff, board members, instructors, generous donors, and sponsors, CI raised close to $15,000 for… Read more »

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Do You Believe in Magic? CYC Students Do!

The heat didn’t stop them. The fire ban didn’t either. Neither did the creepy stories continually told all weekend. The heat led to warm summer nights, the fire ban led to sparkling skies, and the creepy stories led to laughter. This trip was all about opening up to new challenges and positive thinking. That’s what… Read more »

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Military Kids and Families Connect with Nature and Each Other

Since 2010, Cottonwood Institute has been collaborating with the military community along the Colorado Front Range to offer our Military Kids Project. We are honored to make this program possible for active military families and their children to thank them for their incredible service and sacrifice they make for our country. “This is the best… Read more »

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Saving the Bees with STRIVE Prep-Excel

Many people wonder how Action Projects with Cottonwood Institute work and what makes them so powerful. The key is the students. The students have to be invested in the topic and really care about the outcome in order for the projects to not just be another course requirement when many students already feel overwhelmed with coursework. How… Read more »

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School’s Out But Adventure Has Just Begun! Mission: Wolf with STRIVE Prep-Montbello

STRIVE Prep – Montbello middle school had just let out for the summer, but the following day nine students, two of their teachers, and three Cottonwood Institute instructors loaded up in vans and headed out to meet the wolves. There were feelings of fear, excitement, and curiosity being exchanged during the drive to Mission: Wolf, a gorgeous and isolated retreat in… Read more »