Cottonwood Institute Founder and ED participates in an ELK community event


Building Community Through Engagement

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 »


Tips For Your Child’s First Camping Trip

Ready for your child’s first camping trip? Follow these tips for a great experience! Written by experts at Global Emergency Medics. Camping is a wonderful way to spend uninterrupted quality time with your child, free from technology and the constant distractions of daily responsibilities. Spending time in the outdoor world is a valuable experience for… Read more »

A student exploring Roxborough State Park


Explore State Parks with the Keep Colorado Wild Pass

Did you know that starting in 2023, Coloradans can get a Keep Colorado Wild Pass for $29 when they register their car? This pass provides entry to all Colorado state parks and supports important conservation work throughout the state. Through Colorado Parks and Wildlife, funding from the pass will go towards state park maintenance, backcountry… Read more »

Syah at our staff/ board retreat


Celebrating Black History Month

We’re halfway through Black History Month, and the team at Cottonwood Institute (Cottonwood) would like to highlight some incredible partners and local organizations we’ve worked with and connected with over the years.  Escrito en español más abajo People you should hire:  Parker McMullen Bushman is a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) consultant and founder… Read more »


Cottonwood Institute Presentations and Awards at CAEE Advancing Environmental Education Conference

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 »


Earth Task Force Goes to the Capitol!

On February 22nd, a group of four Earth Task Force members attended the Alliance for Sustainability Conference at the Colorado State Capitol Building. At the conference the Earth Task Force learned about current bills that focus on sustainability, climate change and the environment. Adam Stenftenagel, the co-founder and CEO of Snugg Home presented at the… Read more »