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New Vista High School: Solar Snacks & Stream Science

The greenhouse effect may be one of the primary drivers of global warming, but did you know that it can also make delicious solar cookies?  Last month, New Vista CAP students gathered at Eben G. Fine park near downtown Boulder for the second field day of the year and the first week of fall. After… Read more »

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Sunny Days on Local Trails with New Vista CAP

Written by CI CAP Instructor Chelsea Tossing “Hoot, hoot!” I hollered across the field at Chautauqua Park to gather my students. “Ca-CAWWW” my students yelled back at me in their best bird impressions. On September 10th, the New Vista High School crew headed out to the Enchanted Mesa trailhead for our first walking field day… Read more »

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New Vista CAP Adapts to a Virtual World

As so many of us have done these last 8 weeks or so, Cottonwood Institute needed to pivot and change how we do things in this age of physical distancing. The biggest concern for our instructors was: how do you turn an outdoor, environmental service learning class into a virtual experience? Lucky for CI, experiential… Read more »

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New Vista CAP Students Have an Otter-ly Great Time on Second Overnight

After an exciting week of greenhouse building and participating in the climate march, New Vista High School’s CAP class completed their second outdoor trip of the semester with a backpacking excursion near Allenspark, CO. The group participated in a service project with City of Boulder assisting with some landscaping and grounds maintenance at Wonderland Lake… Read more »

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New Vista Students Find Their Learning Edge and so Much More

Learning Edge… Students are challenged to find and dance along their learning edge as part of the CAP class at New Vista High School. It’s that moment when you get butterflies in your stomach, and then, when you finally accomplish the task, you feel a great sense of accomplishment. It may be preparing for the… Read more »

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Emerging Student Leaders Shine on New Vista CAP Overnight

Cottonwood Institute’s (CI) mission is to connect underserved students to the outdoors and empower them to take action to improve their schools, their community and the environment for future generations. On New Vista High School’s first CAP overnight backpacking trip, we mixed things up a bit by empowering them to take action on their outdoor… Read more »

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New Vista CAP Students Take On Plastic!

More than 350 million tons of plastics are manufactured each year, and it continues to rise. That translates to 1 million plastic bottles per minute.  People in the US purchase about 50 billion water bottles per year, averaging about 13 bottles per month for every person in the U.S. 91% of these are not recycled…. Read more »