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 »

photo (5)


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 »

DSST Log Removal (2)


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 »