Cottonwood Institute is known for our fun and creative events, which help raise critical funding to support our programs each year. Check out what we have coming up in 2024 and our Sponsorship Opportunities and reach out to Ford Church at 303.447.1076 x700 find out how to get involved.

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Colorado Summit NP of the Game

On May 31st, Cottonwood Institute will be partnering with the Colorado Summit, our professional Ultimate Frisbee Team based out of Golden, CO, as the official “Non Profit of the Game!” A portion of ticket sales will go to supporting Cottonwood Institute programs. Additionally, Cottonwood Institute supporters can use Discount Code “COTTONWOOD” for 30% off the price of regular tickets at checkout! Go here to get your game day tickets!

Come visit us at our Booth located in the “Basecamp” area to say hi, play games, and sign up for our Raffle (a winner will be chosen during the 3rd quarter to receive a CO Summit 2024 Replica Jersey!)

For more information, see the flyer below or email with any questions.

See you there!

Save The Date: Friday, May 31st, 2024, 7:30 PM / Doors 6:15 PM. Marv Kay Stadium, Colorado School of Mines (1250 12th St., Golden, CO 80401)


Beer Release Party 2024


Our 2nd Annual Beer Release Party is hosted by Woods Boss Brewing Co. and presented by Living a Stout Life (LASL), and Denver Founders Network to benefit Cottonwood Institute. This event will help raise critical funds for our Explore Outside Program this summer, which breaks down barriers to help get more kids into the natural world while inspiring them to care for it.

Join us from 4-5pm for networking as we enjoy our freshly tapped collaboration beer (to be announced soon) at The Lodge at Woods Boss. From 5-6pm sharp, Chris Franks from Denver Founders will interview Jordan Fink, Co-Founder of Woods Boss, and his journey from an outdoor trail crew leader to starting a brewery just before the pandemic hit. Then we will head over to the main tap room at Woods Boss from 6-8pm to continue networking, connecting, enjoying Woods Boss’ amazing beer, and raising money for Cottonwood Institute. This is a great excuse to get together over a good beer for a good cause.

Save The Date: Thursday, June 20, 2024, from 4pm – 8pm at Woods Boss Brewing Company, 2210 California Street, Denver, CO 80205.


The Throwdown


The Throwdown has become one of the best charity cornhole tournaments in Denver. This event is specifically designed for fun people who want to enjoy an afternoon outside playing cornhole with delicious food and beverages, while supporting a great local educational non-profit.

Whether you’re an expert or you’ve never heard of the game before, it is a great time for all. Relax, no experience is needed to participate!

Register Today: Saturday, July 13th, 2024 from 10am – 3pm at McGregor Square in downtown Denver, CO.




Beats on the Creek is a summer concert series put on by Coohills Restaurant to support local non-profits. There will be live music, award-winning wines, craft beer, and cocktails. Admission is a $5 suggested donation that will support Cottonwood Institute.

Coohills Restaurant and bar will be open at 5:30pm. The bar area will have open seating- first come, first served! Patio tables require a reservation and are reserved for the entire evening during Beats on the Creek events. Interested in reserving? Call Coohills at 303-623-5700.

2024 LINE UP



Join us at Harvard Gulch for drinks, food, prizes, and 9 holes of beginner-friendly par three golf! This tournament is presented by Ryan Feaster with Realty ONE Group Five Star and open to everyone age 21 and over. All net proceeds from the event will benefit Cottonwood Institute in memory of Rivers Stilwell.

Register Today: Saturday, August 10th, 2024 from 9am – 5pm at Harvard Gulch in Denver, CO.




2024 Base Camp Bash Attendees

The Base Camp Bash is our main fundraising event and annual excuse to get together in person, have fun, celebrate our students and successes, and is a great opportunity to network with the movers and shakers of Denver.

The Base Camp Bash helps raise the critical funds we need each year to connect students to the outdoors and empower them to take action to improve their schools, the community, and the environment for future generations. Stay tuned for our 2025 Date for the 20th Annual Base Camp Bash!