Due to the recent flooding we are working hard to raise $80,000, so we can continue our mission of Connecting Kids to the Colorado Mountains!
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We will be adding information here as we work through getting Cal-Wood up and running again. Below are pictures of some of the damage at Cal-Wood.
- Fireside students, parents, and teachers come back to volunteer at Cal-Wood. Nice story from 9news!
- We experienced damage to roads, trails and facilities. We will be putting out a call for volunteers as soon as roads allow.
- The official rainfall total at Cal-Wood was 14.25 inches
- Our program staff is working to resume programming as soon as possible.
- We have secured the use of Camp Tahosa near Ward for programming while we wait for road access to Cal-Wood to be repaired.
- A letter from our Executive Director – Rafael Salgado
Staff Flood Stories:
- The Blog Updates while we were working to get Fireside Elementary students down from Cal-Wood
- Ongoing Cal-Wood Facebook coverage
- Cal-Wood Pinterest
Special Thanks to Spectra Logic for providing temporary office space for Cal-Wood staff!
At the time of the Jamestown flood we were hosting a group of 100 students, teachers and parents from Fireside Elementary. Although the power, phones, and Internet went out they were safe and sound at Cal-Wood. We were prepared with a generator, a well-stocked pantry, water and heat. The students carried on with their outdoor education program as planned. With the roads out and no way to transport the students home they had to stay an extra night. At 11 am the next morning the National Guard arrived with helicopters to airlift them back to their families. All students, teachers, parents and Cal-Wood staff were safe, sound and in great spirits. When the students, teachers and parents arrived at the airport they celebrated and smiled. They shared their amazing experiences as something they would never forget. We hope that all students who come to Cal-Wood Education Center view it as an experience they will never forget. The flooding caused heavy damage to the roads and trails at Cal-Wood. In order for other students to have an experience they will never forget, we need to fix roads, trails and structures at Cal-Wood. This work is already under way to restore the roads from James Canyon up to Cal-Wood. We are working to raise the funds needed to make repairs and get Cal-Wood reopened as soon as possible. This is our busiest time of the year. Every student who is scheduled to come this fall has been looking forward to their visit as the highlight of their school year. With your help, we can get things back to normal so that our amazing staff can get thousands of students back to nature.