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.