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Ford on the Craft Beer Travel & Adventure Pod

Cottonwood Institute Founder and Executive Director Ford Church recently joined April and Ken Pishna on the Living A Stout Life Craft Beer Travel and Adventure podcast! April is a former Cottonwood instructor and Program Director. She and Ken are living their dream traveling the country, sampling craft breweries, and mountain biking. Read a repost from… Read more »

Winter training with Global Emergency Medics. Two instructors treat a patient.


Winter Skills Training with Global Emergency Medics

From planning our trips to managing risks in the field, keeping students safe on Cottonwood Institute programs is our number one priority. Whether we’re taking kids on a remote 4-day backpacking trip in Dinosaur National Monument or a 0-degree windchill field day to Barr Lake State Park, instructors have to be ready for anything. That’s… Read more »

A Centaurus high school student sets up a tent in the school yard


Should you drink tap or bottled water?

Written by CAP Instructor Erin Angel. Escrito en español más abajo. The students in the Centaurus High School Fall 2022 CAP class are a very diverse group. About ¾ of the students are newcomers to the United States, bringing with them rich and varied experiences. As we studied water in Colorado, we took some time… Read more »

Angevine students learning from Angie at Calwood.


Angevine students create emergency go bags

February 2023 Update: Angevine CAP student Margot dropped off the go bags to Sister Carmen Community Center, an organization that provides basic needs and help to residents of East Boulder County. There were about 40 bags in all, with essential materials like headlamps, first aid kits, phone chargers, and canned food. Great going, team! Written… Read more »

A group of Changemakers pose in fall colors while planting willows


Changemakers plant willows in the Cameron Peak burn area

Changemakers planted willows with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers in an area that had been affected by the Cameron Peak wildfire. Written by CAP Instructor Erin Angel. Escrito en español más abajo.  Changemakers began our first overnight of the 2022-23 season with service to the environment. We joined Wildlands Restoration Volunteers in replanting willows in an area… Read more »

Whitney with family


Board Spotlight: Whitney Bell Haggard

Continuing with Cottonwood Institute’s new board member introductions, we’d like to introduce Whitney Bell Haggard, who joined the Board of Directors this fall. Learn more about Whitney below, and read our other staff and board profiles here. How did you find Cottonwood Institute and what inspired you to join the board? I first learned about… Read more »

Coop with his dog Lucy


Board Spotlight: Dr. Ben “Coop” Cooper

We’re excited to introduce one of Cottonwood Institute’s new board members this fall, Dr. Ben “Coop” Cooper! Learn more about Coop below, and read our other staff and board profiles here. How did you find Cottonwood Institute and what inspired you to join the board? I was introduced to Cottonwood Institute by a previous board… Read more »


Buy 14ers Art. Help Kids Get Outdoors!

Are you looking for a unique gift to commemorate a special summer weekend, or your recent trip to Colorado? Cottonwood Institute’s 14ers Art Store hosts beautiful watercolors of 53 Colorado 14,000-footers (“14ers”), available as prints, canvases, or framed images. Created by local Denver artist Mile Wilson, the watercolors are painted from unique perspectives inaccessible to… Read more »

Malcolm Marshall Alumni Spotlight


Alumni Spotlight: Malcolm Marshall

We recently caught up with Cottonwood Institute alum Malcolm Marshall, who was involved with CI at New Vista High School until he graduated in 2012. It’s incredible to hear about the longterm impact of our programs, and what our former students are up to! You can read more Alumni Spotlights here. What CI program(s) did… Read more »

Ford at the Elevations Foundation grant receptions


Cottonwood Receives Elevations Foundation Community Grant

Elevations Foundation has once again chosen Cottonwood Institute as one of their Community Grantees in 2022! We are grateful to be entering our second year in a row as a grant recipient. Cottonwood joins 12 other nonprofits who were awarded grants this year, including our friends at Wild Bear! This grant will enable Cottonwood to… Read more »