Breathtaking views, quiet solace, inquisitive exploration and vibrant nature – Cal-Wood Education Center is home to all this and more. Nestled in the foothills just outside Jamestown, CO, Cal-Wood Education Center offers unique outdoor education experiences to youth and adults alike. In addition, Cal-Wood provides retreats, service-learning, and meeting facilities on their 1,200-acre property.
The property is an easy drive from the Boulder-Denver metro area. Once there, you’ll find hiking trails, camp sites, cabins, comfortable meeting/retreat rooms in the spacious Calvert Lodge, abundant wildlife and historic features. The talented and friendly Cal-Wood staff can also provide homemade meals for a few or a crowd and team-building for groups or businesses.
Cal-Wood was founded in 1982 to realize the vision of Roger and Oral Calvert, who wanted their land to become a place of learning and connecting to the environment. “Education must become the number one priority of the world. We must learn to anticipate, direct and change, and teachers must help students acquire knowledge, ethical standards and lifestyles which recognize our personal responsibility to a quality environment,” Roger Calvert once said. Cal-Wood is making that dream a reality by providing workshops for educators to teach environmental education in their classrooms, and offering hands-on, outdoor education programs to youth, especially outreaching to low-income, multicultural students.
“It is obvious that we are of value to the community,” says Elizabeth Mayne, Cal-Wood’s Retreat and and Event Coordinator. “We are about to embark on our first capital campaign so that we can meet the ever-growing demand and serve larger schools and groups from the Front Range.”
In October of 2003, in cooperation with Boulder County Parks and Open Space, an easement was placed on 1,040 acres of the Cal-Wood property, ensuring that it would be protected as a pristine environmental and educational resource.