2021 Base Camp Bash


Celebrating Changemakers at the 2021 Base Camp Bash

Every year we gather our whole CI community for our annual Base Camp Bash—a night of celebration and stories, fun and fundraising. The theme of this year’s Base Camp Bash was “Changemakers,” but who exactly is a Changemaker? We couldn’t have said it better than Kevin Cano, Lafayette Stewardship Intern and winner of this year’s… Read more »

Virtual Bash Screen Shot 2020


CI’s Virtual Bash: A Roaring Success!

If you’re familiar with the Leave No Trace framework, you may have heard of the first principle: “Plan Ahead & Prepare.” At Cottonwood Institute (CI), we use wilderness as a tool for teaching skills that we hope transcend a weekend on the trail— from navigating weather to finding water, we try to instill in our… Read more »

Roaring 20s Virtual Bash


Join Us For the First Ever Virtual Bash

We hope you and your loved ones are safe, happy and healthy during these uncertain times. Usually around this time of year, the CI staff are busy working to put on our annual Base Camp Bash, but due to the present circumstances, we’ve had to postpone our in person event to September. In the meantime,… Read more »

Base Camp Bash


2019 Base Camp Bash Raises Essential Funding With New Orleans Flair

Wow, another Base Camp Bash has whizzed by and we were able to raise critical funding for Cottonwood Institute programs with a little New Orleans flair. So, how much did we raise this year? Well, you’ll have to read on… The Cottonwood Institute decorating committee—spearheaded by Beverly Church and Jessica Church—CI staff, and volunteers descended… Read more »


2014 Base Camp Bash Results Are In!

Oh what a night! The 2014 Base Camp Bash was an outstanding success. What happens when you bring together amazing people, incredible sponsors, fabulous auction items, committed educational partners, present cool awards, enjoy delicious food and beverages, a great band, and toss in a “Change Your World” Selfie Booth? Well, for those of you who… Read more »