Support Us

Support our Campaign for The Gulch…    and give the trek experience to the next generation

Enter a note or designation for your gift: who it is in memory of, a family name if you would like it grouped with others in your family, or a purpose such as ‘Turquoise Trail Cabins,’ ‘Mess Hall & Quartermaster Expansion,’ or ‘Scholarship Fund.

Or, consider sending a check to us (9223 4th St NW, ABQ, NM 87114) and make your donation go farther by saving us the 3% credit card processing fee.  Either way, we are appreciative!

What You’re Funding

  • Kitchen update and expansion
  • New shower house
  • Addition of six new cabins
  • Wildfire risk reduction – thinning, chipping, tree removal
  • Water reclamation systems
  • Robust scholarship funds to increase diversity and availability of treks to all socioeconomic classes

See the full scope on the Campaign for The Gulch page.

Your Donation is Match 1:1 Through December!

We’ve received a generous matching donation from an anonymous family foundation of $300,000. Your donation will be matched one-to-one, but the deadline is December 31, 2017. We have until the end of the year to meet the challenge of raising $600,000. No matter the size, your donation counts.

What Could Your Gift Do?

  • $120 will sponsor a classrooms GO student’s two-day trek
  • $180 will plant 100 seedlings on our half-acre farm
  • $200 will buy a science data analysis toolkit
  • $3,000 will send a 25-student classroom on a two-day trek
  • $4,450 will send a PT boy or TT girl on a six-week trek
  • $20,000 will install the Walter Cloud walk-in cooler
  • $25,000 will start a new endowed scholarship fund
  • $33,000 will build a new cabin in the Legacy Loop
  • $50,000 will build our new shower house

Help us update our infrastructure and ensure a future of diversity through scholarships. See our Campaign for The Gulch page for more details.

Other Ways to Support Us

Support us with an Annual Gift…    and steward the land, give a trek, support NM outdoor classroom experiences, and more…

As a non-profit organization, we rely on our incredibly strong network of alumni, parents, staff, and community. Many of these supporters donate annual to help us maintain affordable, high-quality educational programs. Consider making your donation an annual one.

Enter a note or designation for your gift: who it is in memory of, ‘Scholarship Fund’, ‘Classrooms GO Fund’, ‘Land Stewardship’, or ‘Greatest Need”

Support our Scholarship Fund…     and keep our Gulch community vibrant and diverse!

Your scholarship gift in action…

  • If 23 people give $100
    an Outfitter can experience the outdoors up close and personal for 2 weeks and fall in love with the sounds of nature.
  • If 10 people give $430
    a 15 year-old boy can stand at the top of the 13,000 foot mountain and have the realization that he wants to become a wildlife biologist.
  • If 1 alumni gives $5,000
    a trekker can spend six incredible and life-changing weeks in the wild places of the Southwest and forever be an advocate for conservation.

Enter a note or designation for your gift: who it is in memory of, a family name if you would like it grouped with others in your family, or ‘Scholarship Fund’.

“Every single day was breathtaking, and the entire experience has completely reshaped who I understand myself to be… I had never gone to a summer program prior to Cottonwood Gulch because of the expense, because of the scholarship I received, I had, by far, the most amazing summer of my life.”

–Lily, Mountain Desert Trek


Our Endowment

Do you want a way to make your dollars work now and for future years? Our endowment gives an avenue to do this. In recent years, over 30K of interest from our endowment has supported scholarships, land initiatives, capital improvements, and other projects.

In-kind donations

In addition to cash gifts, we are happy to accept stocks, bequests, and in-kind services. We have a strong community of builders, woodworkers, plumbers, metal smiths, IT professionals, and professors who are eager to promote our mission. If you can’t make a financial commitment, consider donating your time and skills.

All donations are tax-deductible. Click the donation button to use a credit card or save us a 2% fee by sending us a check or e-check.

Past Donations In Action

Recent Base Camp improvement projects supported by alumni donations:

  • Re-roofed all buildings and cabins
  • Installed 10 composting toilets
  • Thinned over 100 acres to improve forest health
  • Oiled and repaired wood on log and wood buildings
  • Planted 12 Cottonwood trees and 20+ pole plantings
  • Increased riparian health through Rocky Mtn Juniper removal
  • Increased stream health by slowing water movement
  • Introduced a 1/2-acre farm to table program
  • Reduced erosion through water bar and diversion strategies
  • Updated mess hall plumbing to reduce Spring/Fall freezing
  • Added additional seating to the mess hall
  • Repaired and replaced trek gear
  • Planted Fruit orchard in Farm space
  • Constructed 2 hoop houses to extend growing season
  • Constructed 2 chicken runs for Farm to Table program