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Things Haven’t Changed Much

Life Lab Newsletter Fall 2006In 1996 Life Lab was a 17 year old organization. Now at the ripe old age of 33 it is fun to look back at what we were sharing during our wild teen years.

Really not much has changed. Well, except the hairdos, computers and a few other things, but all in all school gardens were based on the same concepts as today. Sun, soil, water and air mixed with seeds, care-taking kids and teachers who brought learning to life in the garden.

Check out our newsletter from Fall 1996. 

Fall 1996 Newsletter Content
A Garden in Every School – In the late 90's Life Lab provided training to support this initiative sponsored by the California Department of Education and the USDA. Today, the CDE continues to support school gardens and it is great to see the feds back on board by promoting farm to school and the Let's Move Campaign.

Harvest Hotline – What can my class do in the winter? Still the same question being asked, see what we had to say back then and browse our publications and other past newsletters for more answers.

CD Review: North American Birds (what is a CD?) – I hope your computer can match the system requirement for this resource, you will need 10mb of hard drive space;) Psst, you wanna learn about birds check this out.

Nutty Bird Treats – Includes the classic Peanut Butter Pinecone and two other bird feeding treats.

Life Lab's New Web Page Announced – Hey, we just did that again last year, but back then we were one of the first school garden learning sites around.

Call for Presentations: Education in Blossom: The School Garden-Community Partnership – We are still working with Marcia Eames-Sheavly at Cornell! In fact, in our Winter 2011 and Spring 2011 newsletters we shared her Dig Art!: Cultivating Creativity in the Garden resource and their resourceful (ie. full of great free resources) garden-based learning web site. We have also worked with her over the past year and a half refining the California School Garden Network's research database.

Book Review: The Geography of Chilhood by Gary Paul Nabhan and Stephen Trimble – Good things don't change, this book is still kickin' around on some of our staff book shelves.

Okay enough words, you just wanna see the hairdos.

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Have you heard?! Life Lab is one of New Leaf Community Markets' recipients of their EnviroToken program at their Westside Santa Cruz store! So get your shopping on, bring your reusable bags, and donate 10¢ to Life Lab with every bag you use! Thank you, New Leaf!
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Have you heard?! Life Lab is one of New Leaf Community Markets' recipients of their EnviroToken program for their Westside Santa Cruz store! So get your shopping on, bring your reusable bags, and donate 10¢ to Life Lab with every bag you use! Thank you, New Leaf!
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We are so grateful to be starting 2018 with such strong support! Because of so many generous gifts from our supporters like you, we surpassed our 2017 fundraising goal of $124,000, with all campaign donations totaling $125,835.

These funds will help make Life Lab field trip and summer camp programs possible for children from families and schools that could otherwise not afford them. We believe that ALL children deserve the chance to love learning, healthy food, and nature. Thanks to your support, this year we will serve even more children in Santa Cruz County and across the nation.


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Happy almost 2018, Life Lab fans! We are only $809 dollars away from reaching our $124,000 year-end fundraising goal! Before you ring in the new year, will you help us ensure a promising 2018? 100% of the funds necessary to do this important work come from grants and from individuals like you. Will you join us in ensuring that we can continue to deepen and expand our reach, so that even more children can experience the joy of loving learning, healthy food, and nature? Your tax-deductible gift made by midnight tonight will go directly to supporting our programs.
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Life Lab has been the most innovative and relevant organization in this field. From providing the best curriculum to their cutting edge professional development, we have relied on Life Lab as our go to organization for support, ideas, and collaboration.
Rachel PringleSenior Director of ProgramsEducation Outside
Life Lab provides truly inspiring training. Their breadth of experience, joy for teaching, and commitment to sharing knowledge highlight the best practices in food and garden education.
Erica CurryTraining and Professional Development ManagerFoodCorps
Thank you for such a wonderful field trip experience! Your leaders did such a great job at keeping our kids engaged.
Sheila BrickenKindergarten TeacherSan Lorenzo Valley Elementary
Terry had another awesome two weeks at Life Lab. I think he learns more there than in any other part of his year. School is great, but he’s passionate (and often dogmatic) about what he learns there.
Tara NeierCamp ParentSummer camp mom