School Programs


Expedition for Groups and Classrooms

  • Collaborative itinerary development
  • Experienced and knowledgeable expedition guides and educators
  • Coordination of permits and access to National Parks and Monuments
  • Meals that accommodate every dietary need
  • Quality outdoor gear
  • Transportation to and from activities
  • First aid and risk management expertise

Students in Wilderness Initiative

 Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions’ Students in Wilderness Initiative (SIWI) is an immersive program that aims to develop critical thinkers in New Mexico’s next generation and share the beauty and value of our public lands. We believe that when students understand and experience wild places, this connection will foster an appreciation for the outdoors, bring alive indoor classroom topics, and provide opportunities to give students investment in and understanding of their local lands. 

SIWI consists of three components to bring 8th-grade students closer to their public lands:

  • once-monthly classroom sessions 
  • a total of 10 days on place-based learning in the field
  • collaboration with community partners through service projects