Cooking on STRIVE Prep Westwood's double field day in Golden


STRIVE Prep Westwood’s Double Field Day in Golden

A double field day exploring Golden, Colorado. Written by Field Instructor Jessie Colin. Escrito en español más abajo.  The first snow in Colorado is a special time as it signals the changing of the seasons, and this was the backdrop of STRIVE Prep Westwood’s double field day. We had originally planned an overnight, but with… Read more »

A STRIVE student catching a fish at Lake Lehow!


STRIVE Prep Westwood’s Fall Fishing Day

STRIVE Prep Westwood’s fall fishing field day. Written by Field Instructor Jessie Colin. Escrito en español más abajo. On a beautiful fall day, 11 CAP students, 2 instructors, and 1 school chaperone from STRIVE Prep Westwood journeyed to Lake Lehow to meet with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). We began the day with a site… Read more »

Mission Wolf Sunnyside


Sunnyside’s Mission: Wolf trip!

Escrito en español más abajo. Written by Cottonwood Institute instructor Carly Winner. See more photos here! Cottonwood Institute was thrilled to be able to partner with STRIVE Prep Sunnyside again this year on a summer expedition to Mission:Wolf, a non-profit educational wolf sanctuary in the remote Sangre de Cristo mountains. These middle schoolers were kind,… Read more »

Westwood students cook lunch!


STRIVE Prep – Westwood Students Do the Water Testing Dance

Written by CAP Instructor Alison Kraner (Escrito en español más abajo) The STRIVE Prep Westwood CAP Club set out for our Field Day last week! We met up at school and walked over to Huston Lake Park, where we set up shop at a sunny, lakefront picnic table. Once there, we began our watershed study… Read more »

STRIVE Prep Federal Explore Outside


STRIVE Prep – Federal Students Find Wonder at White Ranch

Fire is both destructive and a source of regeneration. The students of STRIVE Prep – Federal took this lesson of the duality of fire to everything they accomplished over the two weeks of their Explore Outside program. They broke down barriers and generated new and incredible skills! The students came together to overcome challenges, spend… Read more »

STRIVE Sunnyside Explore Outside


Sunnyside Students Explore Outside

Beginning my first season as a Cottonwood Instructor, I was thrilled to hit the ground running with one of our Explore Outside programs! On June 1st, our two-week program with STRIVE Prep – Sunnyside 8th graders began. During our time together, we covered all kinds of content that got us exploring the natural world. We… Read more »