Life Lab

Life Lab cultivates children's love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education.

October 2016

October was National Farm to School Month, and we were busy! The photos above are from trainings we led this month for more than 250 teachers in Bend, OR, and Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Salinas and Ventura, CA. In these workshops, tours and conference sessions, we shared best practices for garden-based science, language, nutrition, and environmental education that we've learned from 37 years of programs with children here in California and from great colleagues we work with across the country. 

Our trainings inspire educators to inspire children through garden-based learning programs:  

"I liked everything!  Ideas, activities, book, connections with the experts.  Thank you!"

"I will use so many new activities!  I'm so excited to utilize the online resources, as well as the human resources from the group!"

   ~ Participants in The Growing Classroom workshop in Bend, OR, October 22-23, 2016

"Thanks a lot!  It was really worthwhile coming from Brazil!"

~ Dietician and Consultant for the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization, Sao Paulo, Brazil – School Garden Tour and Plant it, Grow it, Eat it! workshop in Santa Cruz, CA, October 13-14, 2016


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Having a great time in Portland, OR. Life Lab's John Fisher is presenting at the International Master Gardens Conference and the AHS National Children & Youth Gardening Symposium. Sharing and learning with 1,500+ garden educators.
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30 educators from across the country shared the power of garden-based learning. Mindfulness in the garden, transplanting with kids, bed prep, and bringing learning to life in the garden were just a few of the topics covered over the two days. Our next workshop is on Outdoor Classroom and Garden Program Management July 27th. ... See MoreSee Less

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Rachel PringleSenior Director of ProgramsEducation Outside

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.

Erica CurryTraining and Professional Development ManagerFoodCorps

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.

Sheila BrickenKindergarten TeacherSan Lorenzo Valley Elementary

Thank you for such a wonderful field trip experience! Your leaders did such a great job at keeping our kids engaged.

Tara NeierCamp ParentSummer camp mom

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.