In the amazing Garden Classroom and beyond, Life Lab has trained tens of thousands of educators. Join us as we bring learning to life in the garden!
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Friday, May 23, 2014 – 9AM-3PM… [Read More →]
Friday, May 23, 2014 – 9AM-3PM… [Read More →]
A senior intern at Life Lab, Savannah Rugg, created a composting in schools survey (still open!) to better understand how composting functions in schools and school-districts. The survey asks questions regarding types of composting, compost materials, compost management, and compost curriculum. The results to the school compost survey are summarized in the charts below. It appears that most schools are either using compost as an educational tool in the school garden or … [Read More →]
Life Lab's Education Director Whitney Cohen presented a webinar on Common Core in the Garden on February 18, 2014.
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Learn to use a garden to bring learning to life! A school garden (however large or small) provides a meaningful context in which students can apply new academic concepts and skills. Whether they are graphing the temperature of … [Read More →]
Join Life Lab and EdWeb's Growing School Garden Community for a webinar on Regional Support Models for Sustaining School Gardens.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 – 4pm / Eastern Time
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Presenters: John Fisher, Director of Programs and Partnerships at Life Lab, with Park Guthrie, Garden Education Specialist for the Oakland Unified School District in California.
Across the nation foundations, non-profits, school districts, state, … [Read More →]
Life Lab, in collaboration with the California School Garden Network, conducted the California School Garden Survey to gain insights into the factors that help school gardens to function effectively, the resources that are needed to sustain them, and how they are utilized. The 2014 California School Garden Survey received 552 completed responses from schools across the state of California, an increase from 496 completed responses received for the 2011 California School Garden Survey, which … [Read More →]
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Here at Life Lab, we have been hard at work connecting The Growing Classroom with the new Common Core Math and Language Arts standards and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) being rolled out in schools across the country.
See examples of how we bring content standards to life at the Life Lab Garden Classroom.
The newest sign in our Garden Sign collection is designed by National Geographic Scientific Illustrator Jose Miguel Mayo and demonstrates tips and tools for saving water.
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Plant native and drought-tolerant plants. Learn more at native plant organizations like California Native Plant Society.
For newly planted seeds and seedlings, water less deep and more frequently to … [Read More →]
This past week, 11 California FoodCorps service members gathered in Santa Cruz at the Life Lab Garden Classroom to engage in a three day training to learn how to connect kids to real food and see first-hand some of the best school garden and Farm to School models in action.
We have been having a great time showing visitors from Denmark some of the best farm to school and school garden programs in the region. The Danish study tour group, organized by Life Lab, is composed of eighteen government ministers, university faculty and graduate students, school gardeners and chefs, and farm to school support professionals.
Day one started with breakfast at a UCSC dining hall and a discussion with Tim … [Read More →]
LIfe Lab is a proud partner of EdWeb's online community and a contributor to their school garden webinars.
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Life Lab's Education Director Whitney Cohen led an enthusiastic webinar on Inquiry in the Garden as part of EdWeb's Growing School Gardens Community.
Inquiry in the Garden: Facilitating Student-Led Investigations for Grades K-8 Webinar covers how to create the "Ahh-ha" moment for students, how to form investigable questions, and many other facets of inquiry-based education.
Monday, August 26th
Discretion Brewery in Soquel
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Come for dinner or lunch at this family friendly brewery.
During Discretion Brewing's Love , 20% of all beer sales will go towards funding Life Lab's farm- and garden-based education programs.
We are glad to announce our latest endeavor to support school garden program development. Join the forum.
The National School Garden Network connects organizations and individuals supporting multiple school gardens across district, regional, or state levels. The network's forum provides a space for school garden professionals to connect and share resources, while its events and workshops carry the conversation to national gatherings. Learn more about the National School Garden Network… [Read More →]
Watering is an activity that kids can do by themselves, with little or no instruction. Having kids water their garden instills a care taking ethic.
Kids love to water and having a watering can for every kid makes it even more fun! By collecting the right types of bottles you will soon have a bottle for every kid in your group.
There are many types of bottles that can be … [Read More →]
Here's a great art activity to do with flower petals. Download this lesson and some others from The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids: 101 Activities to Get Outside, Dirty and Having Fun!
View more activities in our easy garden activity video playlist.
Make the connection from seed to table in this fun and delicious workshop. Using tried-and-true Life Lab lessons and recipes for grades K-8, participants explore effective ways to teach nutrition and encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables through gardening, harvesting and meal preparation. $300
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What: Bring science learning to life! Our local environment can provide rich science learning experiences for students. Learn about the resources available, including the recently published K-12 California Education and the Environment Initiative Curriculum, student field experiences, and laboratory lessons at Elkhorn Slough Estuarine Reserve. We will introduce the Next Generation Science Standards and the California Common Core for Science Standards.
When: … [Read More →]
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The Garden: A Master Teacher
Thursday, April 18 Social: 9:30 Program/Meeting: 10:15
Optional box lunch and workshop to follow program
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Taken from the Portland Garden Club….
We know that gardeners aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, and our May speaker, John Fisher, is going to … [Read More →]
Life Lab has been delighted to work with a very forward-thinking organization in the nation's capital, DC Greens, to train garden coordinators through their Growing Garden Teachers program. DC Greens' innovative approach to regional school garden support was recently highlighted in the Washington Post article Helping Turn Teachers into Gardeners. DC's Healthy Schools Act is one of the main forces behind the area's broad school wellness efforts. This … [Read More →]
Life Lab's Outreach Director John Fisher led a photo filled webinar on School Garden Design as part of EdWeb's Growing School Gardens Community.
Design Ideas for a Fun, Successful Instructional School Garden Webinar shares school garden design elements from school garden across the nation. John shares "smart design" tips which facilitate learning and are easy to maintain.
Life Lab participated in an Edible Schoolyard Google Hangout on the topic of training garden-based educators. We were one of five programs to share different training models and strategies for creating and sustaining school garden programs.
Featured Participants and Programs:
John Fisher, Outreach Director, Life Lab and California School Garden Training Program
Whitney Cohen, Education Director, Life Lab
Ellen Robinson, Programs and Services Manager, REAL School Gardens
Jane Hirschi, Executive … [Read More →]
Written by Whitney Cohen. Life Lab Education Director
School gardens are fantastic! (To be convinced, view The Garden, A Master Teacher) But that's not what this article's about, so let me start over. School gardens are fantastic, and they require a tremendous amount of work. Which begs the question: Who can do all the work involved in growing a school garden?… [Read More →]
FoodCorps California, managed by Co-Host Sites Life Lab and the Community Alliance with Family Farmers, has selected ten organizations to place twelve service corps members across the state in 2013-2014.
Visit the California FoodCorps Page.
The following organizations, which include a mix of school districts, non-profit, and university organizations, will be included in the AmeriCorps Education Award application to bring FoodCorps to California.
Ventura Unified School District – … [Read More →]
Books reflect our lives and the times that we are living, as the details that form the content weave cultural elements of any given place and time into the words. For this reason, seeing a children’s book about school gardens is a heartening symbol of our current society. It signifies the exciting fact that parents and kids are recognizing the school garden as a common entity.
The new book, “Our … [Read More →]
We are pleased to share that Maya Salsedo, one of our first FoodWhat youth participants from 2007, was chosen from hundreds to receive the 2012 Brower Youth Awardees. Maya was selected for her work empowering youth with tools to advocate for a just food system.
See much more on Maya and her award including videos and an article from the GoodTimes at our FoodWhat.org page.
And we thought that our 30 plus years of school garden work at Life Lab was a long time. Check out these school garden publications from a 100+ years ago! There are some great illustrations and images in many.
The Beginner's Garden Book; A textbook for the upper grammar grades – 1914
Check out the Chard those kids are holding!!
Principles and Practice of School Gardening – 1913
The School … [Read More →]