Cal-Wood's mission is to offer a unique outdoor educational experience to youth and adults. The founding vision has guided our organization since 1982:
- Inspire a greater appreciation for the natural world
- Offer environmental education to those who would not otherwise experience it
- Provide unique educational opportunities in a special mountain setting
In 1962, Roger Calvert, Oral Calvert and Larry Wood held the vision of developing an outstanding educational experience for Colorado's students for generations to come. They established Cal-Wood Education Center in 1982 to fulfill their vision, and in 2006, Cal-Wood was formally incorporated as an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization.
Located less than 20 miles west of Boulder in Jamestown, our 1,200- acre outdoor classroom features pristine Ponderosa Pine forest, diverse wildlife and plants, nine miles of trails, meadows, peaks, ponds, streams, a waterfall, a 1901 homestead, a once-active mica mine, camping areas, cabins, and a lodge. Cal-wood has provided outdoor and environmental educational experiences on site to hundreds of thousands of Coloradans with an annual reach of more than 6000 individuals.
In all programming, Cal-Wood strives to:
-Incorporate best practices in environmental and science education
-Break down socio-economic and cultural barriers for nature-based learning
-Innovate strategies to best engage linguistically diverse and Latino participants
-Model conservation and stewardship through land management practices
Cal-Wood has worked with more than 100,000 youth since our inception 38 years ago! Annually, more than 9,000 youth and adults participate in Cal-Wood's environmental education programming.
What teachers are saying about their students' Cal-Wood experience:
"Students were amazed how much fun they could have without technology!"
"Students who don't usually flourish in the classroom blossomed at Cal-wood."
"Students, especially within our school's high poverty population, gain experiences and interactions at Cal-Wood that they might never encounter in their daily lives. I believe it teaches them responsibility in an organic way."
"(Being at Cal-Wood) opened up their eyes to a Colorado that most of them might not normally get to see."
"Loved seeing the kids that never had the opportunity to be outdoors enjoying themselves."
And from the students:
"You were able to teach us while having loads of fun… All through the trip I was thinking about how I wished Cal-Wood was our regular school because we had fun, great food, and learned more than I thought we could in three days."
"Thank you for the best outdoor time of my life! I don't consider going outside much, but after I went to Cal-Wood, I've been outside a whole lot more!"
"Thank you for teaching us about animals and our home earth. I also appreciate you for teaching us how important it is to go outside and be explorers."