Cornhole for a Cause: Cottonwood’s 2023 Throwdown!

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Throwdown participants celebrating!

On a sunny Saturday, July 22nd, crowds gathered downtown at McGregor Square to take part in one of Cottonwood Institute’s biggest annual fundraisers, the Throwdown. Each year, friends and coworkers show off their cornhole skills, win epic prizes, and provide support to the Cottonwood’s environmental education programs.   Sixteen generous companies and organizations sent teams… Read more »

Harvard Gulch Invitational was Nonstop Fun!

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Written by Ryan Feaster of Realty ONE Group Five Star, who puts on Harvard Gulch each year! Thank you so much for your support of Cottonwood, Ryan! What a day! The 2023 Harvard Gulch Invitational was filled with surprises, and we’re not done yet. Check out the photos here and please tag Cottonwood on social… Read more »

Darrius Makes Waves In and Out of School

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Darrius's Avid 4 Adventure trip

Written by Director of Strategic Partnerships, Teagan Papke. Have you ever dropped a pebble into a pond and watched as one tiny movement creates ripples that spread across the surface? That’s the essence of CI’s Ripple Effect Award, which celebrates students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, inspired their peers, and initiated ripples of positive… Read more »

Beats on the Creek is Back This Summer!

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Beats on the Creek collage

Beats on the Creek returns next Tuesday, August 8th, 2023 to the Wewatta Bridge! Come on down to Coohills Restaurant every Tuesday in August AND Tuesday, September 5th for live music, drinks, food, and community. This summer staple benefits Cottonwood Institute, so be sure to bring a $5 donation to gain entry to the bridge…. Read more »

Casa Gives Back at Mission:Wolf

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A group of Casa de la Esperanza students, parents, and instructors pose by the Mission: Wolf sign

Escrito en español más abajo. Written by Cottonwood Institute instructor M Tormasi. As the summer solstice neared, Cottonwood Institute instructors excitedly met up with folks from Casa de la Esperanza in Longmont. The camping trip ahead would include a no-lights-allowed night hike, a service project, and even meeting rescued wolves up close and personal. That’s… Read more »

Wolf Kisses with DMLK

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DMLK students meet two wolves!

Escrito en español más abajo. Written by Field Instructor Ruthie Cartwright.   “Can we play ninja again, miss?” “I’d like to share a story from my grandfather.” “That wolf is a hard kisser!”   These are the a few of the moments that stand out to me the most from our trip to Mission: Wolf… Read more »

Wildfire Project with DCS Montessori

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DCS Students work on their service project

DCS Montessori embarked on the Wildfire Project with Cottonwood Institute this May to learn about the past, present, and future of wildfires in Colorado. Written by Field Instructor Tucker Knight. DCS Montessori partnered with Cottonwood Institute for a week of wildfire education and exploration at Ben Delatour Scout Ranch, located near Red Feather Lakes northwest… Read more »

Licked by Wolves: Littleton Academy at Mission:Wolf

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Littleton Academy students pose while cooking dinner

Littleton Academy students ventured to Mission: Wolf to learn about wolves’ key part in our ecosystems. Written by CI Instructor Tucker Knight.   Cottonwood Institute scooped up 19 Littleton Academy students this Memorial Day Weekend for an end-of-school celebration trip. Students realized quickly that although school was officially out, the learning had yet to begin…. Read more »