Cal-Wood Education Center (Jamestown, CO)


  • Name:Andre Bollaert
  • Title:Development Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Cal-Wood Education Center
  • Address:PO Box 347
    Jamestown, CO 80455
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:303 449 0603
  • Main fax:303 449 0576

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  • Mission:
  • Cal-Wood's mission since 1982 has been to offer a unique outdoor educational experience to youth in a manner that will carry on the vision of its founders, Roger and Oral Calvert.
    We accomplish this mission through the following actions:
    • To help all who come to Cal-Wood develop a greater appreciation for the natural world.
    • To offer environmental education to those who would not otherwise experience it.
    • To provide unique educational opportunities in a special mountain setting.

  • Overview:
  • According to 2012 Census data there are at least 115,000 children aged 5 to 17 that live in poverty on the front range of Colorado. They can see the mountains from a distance yet most will never experience the mountain environment in a transformative way.
    When students arrive at the 1200 acre Cal-Wood campus they often look visibly uncomfortable, or out of their comfort zone, and some look down right scared. For under-resourced students this is particularly true, they may be reacting this way because they have never been in the mountains, have never been so far from home, they are facing their first night away from family, or because they just do not know what to expect.
    Ask yourself….. Did you have a similar experience as a child? How are you connected to nature? Can you name experiences or places in nature that have inspired you or that you can remember like just happened? Can you remember a time when you where young and faced uncertainty and you triumphed? Do you have a desire to preserve the natural environment for future generations? At Cal-Wood Education Center we hope to help underprivileged kids to be able to answer these questions.
    We often see the transformation that occurs in a very short time, kids who a few days earlier looked afraid, now have confidence and have learned through our instructional style that nature is not an abstract concept but something that they can touch and understand. When you ask them what had the biggest impact of them during their stay they often report:
    • How bright the stars are and how well you can see at night without lights
    • How hard the hiking was, but that they were able to make to the top of the highest peak on our campus due to the support of their peers and Cal-Wood instructors.
    • How much they learned about pond biology, or forest ecology, or the importance of a healthy forest for fire mitigation, or the habits of dark eyed juncos.

  • History:
  • 1959 Roger and Oral Calvert made their initial land purchase of 1140 acres, with the help of their friend and attorney Larry Wood.
    1960 The Calvert’s established the Pilot Trust as a private foundation.
    1968 The Calvert’s donated 500 acres of the original property to Denver Public Schools for an outdoor education center for students from Denver Public Schools. The remaining 640 acres were used for informal outdoor education purposes.
    1972 Rogers’ wife Oral Calvert passed away.
    1974 Roger Calvert passed away and his assets were transferred to the Pilot Trust.
    1976 The Trustees of the Pilot Trust allow Albion College to use property for a summer field station for geology students.
    1977 Pilot Trust contracted with Thorne Ecological Institute to develop and manage ecological studies programs on the property.
    1981 The Pilot Trust decided to construct facilities, develop programming, and manage the outdoor education center.
    1982 Cal-Wood received the first groups of students for outdoor education programming.
    1982 Entered into a long-term district wide relationship with Boulder Valley School District to provide an outdoor education facility for students until 1989. The agreement was amended in 1989 when the district faced severe budget issues.
    1983 Pilot Trust purchased additional 400 acres including the homestead site.
    1990 Teacher and professional training was added. With the changes in the Boulder Valley School District school programs were basically nonexistent until 1999. During this time period the facility operated at 20% of capacity.
    1999 Pilot Trust hired a new director, Rafael Salgado, and began to offer school programs again.
    2005 Conservation easement placed on 1040 acres to permanently restrict development of property and protect it for educational purposes.
    2006 The Pilot Trust purchases the 150 acre Circle E property to bring the total acreage up to 1192.
    2006 The Pilot Trust decided to create Cal-Wood Education Center as a separate nonprofit operational organization. This was done primarily to separate the stewardship of the land, building, the corpus of the original Calvert gift from the operation of the education center. Cal-Wood Education Center has a long-term lease agreement with the Pilot Trust and is responsible for all programing and operation of the facilities.
    2012 8+ acres donated to Pilot Trust by board member Janet Chu to bring acreage to 1200.
    2012 Cal-Wood reaches agreement to absorb the organization Colorado Youth Program. Colorado Youth Program offered summer camp opportunities and an after school to under-resourced school aged youth. With this merger Colorado Youth Program transferred a $100,000 endowment to Cal-Wood Education Center to support summer camp scholarship opportunities to under-resourced kids.
    2012 Cal-Wood Education Center celebrates 30 years of providing outdoor education.
    2012 Cal-Wood Education Center conducts capacity needs assessment to determine organizational and facilities needs. Working with a fundraising consultant and an architecture firm develop a list of needed capital improvements necessary to facilitate current operations and provide capacity for growth.
    2013 Cal-Wood Education Center is damaged by historic flooding, and all access roads are cut off. Programming is offered at alternate facilities until roads are rebuilt.

  • Year established:1986
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:7
  • Advisory board size:20
  • Staff size:1


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(2)
  • Tax ID:202472544

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:202472544
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% DANIEL R CALVERT
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 347
  • Organization City:JAMESTOWN
  • Organization State:CO
  • Organization Zip:80455-0347
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:August, 2006
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C60
  • Asset Amount:$1,051,167
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,334,052
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,334,052
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 9:18:48 am

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