Colorado Youth For A Change


Old Friendships Shine and New Friendships Emerge

The sun shined promisingly as a group of seven teenage girls met in the Centaurus High School parking lot, ready for a night of backpacking in the woods. With a group of three seniors and four sophomores, the girls knew each other, but still had some familiarizing to do as a group. One thing they… 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 »

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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 »