Cal-Wood Education Center

A nonprofit organization

Cal-Wood strives to grow the diversity and number of people who experience nature and the Colorado mountains. Since 1982, Cal-Wood has provided environmental and outdoor education to hundreds of thousands of Coloradans with an annual reach of 9,000 through school programs, Latino Family Camps, and summer camps held at our beautiful 1,200 acre mountain site and local, state, and federal public lands. 

The past two years have been tumultuous with the pandemic and the Calwood fire.  But with our community's support, we survived. With a full return of our environmental education programs and two successful seasons of fire restoration, Cal-Wood is building back stronger.

2022 Program Report

Cal-Wood recently completed our Strategic Plan for the next three years. Led by former Vail Town Manager and Boulder Chamber CEO Stan Zemler, Cal-Wood’s Board of Directors and I worked with our staff and Cal-Wood’s stakeholders for nine months to survey our community needs, assess our current capacity, and draft a plan to guide the growth of Cal-Wood.

The plan starts with strategies to significantly increase the number of kids and families we serve, including a greater focus of youth from underserved communities. It includes updating the site plan for our 1200-acre facility to adapt to the impacts of the 2020 wildfire, to be ready for program growth, and to address greater staff housing in response to the drastically rising housing costs in Boulder County. It also includes plans to strengthen our organization's foundation and continue building our staff and Board leadership to prepare for our future. 



Cal-Wood’s mission is to offer a unique outdoor educational experience to youth and adults. Our founding vision has guided our organization since 1982: to inspire a greater appreciation for the natural world; to offer environmental education to those who would not otherwise experience it; and to provide unique educational opportunities in a special mountain setting.

Background Statement

Located less than 20 miles west of Boulder in Jamestown, Cal-Wood was originally founded as Boulder’s school-based residential environmental education center, and while we have grown our programming and scope, each year 70% of Cal-Wood participants are from Boulder County.

Roger and Oral Calvert donated their Boulder County foothills ranch in the late 1970’s, along with an endowment to The Pilot Trust which established Cal-Wood Education Center. In 2003, in cooperation with Boulder County Parks and Open Space, a conservation easement was placed on the Cal-Wood property to ensure that it will remain a pristine environmental and educational resource. In 2006, Cal-Wood established its own nonprofit 501(c)3 status. In 2018, we transitioned to a new board model that includes a majority of local members strategically selected for specific skill sets and assets.

2020 and 2021 were the hardest times in our history. Due to pandemic program closures, we saw a loss of $1 million in revenue and most employees. In October 2020, more than half of Cal-Wood’s 1,200 acre mountain top burned in the Calwood Fire. While the buildings survived, our pristine ponderosa pine forest, our outdoor classroom, saw 100% tree mortality in many areas. The restoration of our land is going to be a 5-10 year process and will cost millions of dollars. During this process, we hope to transform Cal-Wood into an outdoor research and education center for fire ecology, restoration, and mitigation.

Organization Data


Organization name

Cal-Wood Education Center

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)




Organization Size

Large Organization


2282 County Road 87
Jamestown, CO 80455


PO Box 347
Jamestown, CO 80455

Service areas

Boulder County, CO, US



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