Cottonwood Institute Presentations and Awards at CAEE Advancing Environmental Education Conference

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This year Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) is celebrating 30 years of being a statewide leader in environmental education in Colorado. Last week they put on their 19th annual Advancing Environmental Education Conference. Cottonwood Institute (CI) presented two conference sessions and received the Advancing Environmental Literacy Award on behalf of the Nature Kids/Jovenes de… Read more »

Upcoming Workshop: Find Out How We Can Link Youth, Environment and the Economy

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Over the last year Cottonwood Institute has been working with Martin Ogle at Entrepreneurial Earth to spread the word about an initiative to change our collective language around “green jobs”. Environmental education has often focused on introducing  students to environmental or green careers in hopes of growing interest in this field. It’s a great field,… Read more »

Inspiration From the Next Generation: Cottonwood Institute Ripple Effect Award Winners Speak from the Heart

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The Base Camp Bash has been a special event for many years, raising critical funds for Cottonwood Institute (CI) students and programs. The past five years, CI started a new tradition by awarding two students from our Community Adventure Programs (CAP) the coveted Ripple Effect Award for their outstanding leadership, attitudes, and actions while designing… Read more »

Cottonwood Institute Spring Instructor Training Includes Pyramids and Professional Development

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There are many signs of early spring in March in the Front Range. As we anticipate more snow in the mountains, crocuses emerge in town, the days start lengthen, and lakes begin to thaw. Cottonwood Institute (CI) spring instructor training indicates the shift in season. CI instructors transition from winter field-days to spring overnights next… Read more »

Cottonwood Institute Programs at New Vista Grow into 2018!

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Cottonwood Institute (CI) programs at New Vista High School have seen a few changes lately as student interest has shifted. The great thing about CI’s student directed programming is that it can shift with the students so their passions still lead the way! Below are descriptions of two new groups forming and getting projects underway… Read more »

Community Adventure Program Students Present at Civic Learning and Action Showcase

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On May 11, 2017, two Community Adventure Program (CAP) classes presented amazing project plans and policy change ideas to judges at the Civic Learning and Action Showcase hosted by The Civic Canopy. KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy (NDLA) had 4 students presenting about their project to preserve habitat and create community space on campus. STRIVE… Read more »

Cottonwood Institute: Official Partner and Provider for E Movement Launch in Boulder County

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E Guidelines

Boulder County has launched a first-of-its-kind collective made up of schools, teachers, and environmental educators who will use a set of guidelines to ensure all students graduating in Boulder Valley School District and St. Vrain Valley School District participate in meaningful and age appropriate environmental education. After years of collecting data, crunching numbers, and hours… Read more »

Van-llaboration: Van Driver Training with Cottonwood Institute, Colorado Mountain Club, and cityWild

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This April Cottonwood Institute (CI) continued their instructor training and professional development with a full day of professional driving and van training. CI teamed up with cityWild and Colorado Mountain Club Youth Education Program (CMC) to offer instructors an eight-hour professional development and certification in 15-passenger van driving. Collaborating with these two great organizations helps… Read more »