The Changemakers’ Enchanted Autumn Escape

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A student hiding amongst the trees like a mischievous wood elf!

How the Changemaker Outdoor Leadership Corps Discovered Magic Stewarding Colorado’s Land. Written by Senior CAP Instructor Erin Angel. The Changemaker Outdoor Leadership Corps spent two crisp, golden days together enjoying a break from the pressures of the “real world.” We gathered under the bright autumn sun at Reynolds Ranch to work with the inspiring Ranger… Read more »

Building Community Through Engagement

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Cottonwood Institute Founder and ED participates in an ELK community event

How cultivating connections has strengthened our collective impact. Written by Director of Strategic Partnerships, Teagan Papke. At Cottonwood Institute, our passion goes beyond our core mission. We’re dedicated to weaving a tapestry of strong, authentic relationships within our community. This means proactively seeking volunteer opportunities, attending community events, supporting current collaborations and initiating new ones,… Read more »

NVHS 1st Quarter CAP Class: An Extraordinary Journey

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Student is tasked with making a fire, as small as possible and alive as long as possible

Unveiling Growth, Connection, and Environmental Awareness in a Quarter of Discovery. Written by CAP Instructor Sadie Norton. After CAP Class, in an anonymous survey, 92% of students agreed they are “more likely to make a positive difference in my community,” 92% “feel more connected to my peers,” and 92% of students “believe my actions can… Read more »

Adventure Awaits: Centaurus High School’s Epic Overnight Outing to Cheley Outpost

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Centaurus High School student in a tent

Scaling Waterfalls and Whittling Wood: How 13 Centaurus High School Adventurers Explored the Great Outdoors! Written by CI Field Instructor Kira Taggart. We had a small but mighty group of 13 Centaurus High School students on our most recent trip to Cheley Outpost. On our way to the campsite, we stopped along the river where… Read more »

AMS Explorers: Unplugging and Reconnecting in the Great Outdoors

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From Gaga Ball to Stargazing: A Memorable Overnight at Cheley Camps. Written by CI Field Instructor Kira Taggart. After a late start to the school day, Angevine Middle School (AMS) students headed out on their overnight to Cheley Camps near Estes Park! It was a beautiful day, and we stopped along the St. Vrain River… Read more »

AXL Academy’s October Odyssey: Exploring Nature’s Classroom!

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Discover how AXL Academy students turned forests into forums and campfires into classrooms with their October overnight trip and field day! Written by CI Field Instructor M Tormasi. This October, Cottonwood Institute was excited to facilitate several outdoor education programs for students at AXL Academy! After hosting an overnight trip for the 8th grade CAP… Read more »

AXL Academy’s Wilderness Adventure

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From Shelter-Building and Fire-Starting to Taco Nights and Moose Sightings, AXL Students Dive Headfirst into a World of Outdoor Learning and Team-Building Fun! Written by CI Field Instructor Kira Taggart. See more photos here! After a two-hour drive from Aurora, AXL Academy students arrived at Cheley Outpost, their home for the next 24 hours. The… Read more »

The Unforgettable Cheley Colorado Camp Overnight Experience with New Vista High School Students

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Inspiring Students Through Outdoor Adventures: A Journey of Leadership, Connection with Nature, Service, and Fun. Written by Hailey Tresch. The Cottonwood Institute has had many successful trips to Cheley Colorado Camp, and this trip was not an exception. 14 New Vista High School students and four adults spent two fun-packed days in the woods near… Read more »

Angevine Students Level Up a Field Day at Mud Lake!

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Angevine Middle School students learn to identify poisonous plants, spot mushrooms, pad through the woods, and engage in exciting games with scenic views at Mud Lake! Written by Field Instructor Hailey Tresch. What would be a better location for 24 Angevine Middle School (AMS) students to play outdoors than somewhere called Mud Lake? We couldn’t… Read more »