Cal-Wood Education Center Opens New Bunkhouse and Classroom
On July 30, 2017, Cal-Wood Education Center, located outside Jamestown, will celebrate the completion of its new bunkhouse and classroom, the Richard C. Meckley Lodging & Learning Center. This new building will enable Cal-Wood to connect more children and families to Colorado’s mountains through its outdoor residential, summer, and family programs.
In September 2013, the Colorado flood closed down Cal-Wood Education Center for seven months. As 5th grade students and their teacher were airlifted from Cal-Wood by the National Guard, the staff and board did not know if Cal-Wood, a small non-profit educational organization, could survive this natural disaster and its financial ramifications. But now, less than four years later, Cal-Wood has not only survived, the organization has thrived. To meet the community’s growing desires for Cal-Wood’s residential environmental education programs, Cal-Wood launched a capital campaign and completed construction of the Meckley Center.
“The Meckley Center is a symbol of both Cal-Wood’s resiliency and growing impact,” says Rafael Salgado, Cal-Wood’s Executive Director. “Each year, since 1982, Cal-Wood has increased the number of children, especially low-income and Latino children. For many, Cal-Wood is their first experience surrounded by nature, and three days of nature immersion at Cal-Wood can be a truly impactful experience. The Meckley Center will allow us to serve more of our community’s children.”
Dick Meckley was a Boulder community member who helped found Cal-Wood in 1982 with the vision to inspire a greater appreciation for the natural world, offer environmental education to those who would not otherwise experience it and provide unique educational opportunities in a special mountain setting. The grand opening of the Richard C. Meckley Lodging & Learning Center celebrates this vision that still guides the organization today.