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

Garden Pathways

101 Ways to Connect Learning to the Garden

Gardening Project Map created in the early 1980s by Vicki Greenhouse for her 2nd & 3rd grade students in Lincoln, Vermont. Orginally published in Life Lab's The Growing Classroom in 1982, reproduced in color Slow Food USA's School Garden Guide in 2013

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Science Skills

  • Observing
  • Measuring
  • Comparing
  • Predicting
  • Testing
  • Concluding

Science Related Activities

  • Soils
  • Seeds
  • Tools
  • Temperature
  • Plant Growth
  • Sunlight
  • Water Usage

Social Studies

  • Cooperative Working Skills
  • Increased Self Esteem
  • Agricultural Occupations
  • Ag Economics
  • Learning a Hobby

Language Arts Expressive Language

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Interviewing
  • Dramatizing
  • Questioning
  • Restating
  • Summarizing

Written Expression

  • Letter Writing
  • Journaling
  • Fictional Writing
  • Recording Observations

Reading

  • Fictional Stories
  • Literature Appreciation
  • Directions
  • Seed Packets
  • Learning Centers

Music

  • Singing
  • Instrumental Music
  • Drama

Math

  • Geometry
  • Computation

Estimating and Measuring

  • Weighing
  • Volume
  • Area
  • Time
  • Plant Growth

Recording

  • Logging
  • Graphing
  • Charting

Art

  • Charcol
  • Rubbings
  • Pen & Ink
  • Puppets
  • Garden Gifts
  • Vegetable Printing
  • Vegetable Dyes
  • Natural Collage
  • Painting
  • Sketching

Health

  • Nutrition Education
  • Foods and Diet
  • Tool Safety
  • Being Outdoors

Physical Education

  • Walking
  • Lifting
  • Carrying
  • Digging
  • Planting
  • Raking
  • Dexterity and Balance

 

View our School Garden Resource page.

View more on the Value of School Gardens www.lifelab.org/whyschoolgardens

 

 

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In 2016, you helped us bring 30 leaders from across the nation together for a first-ever Leadership Institute for School Garden Support Organizations.

The results are in on the work they have achieved together. In 2017, these 30 leaders collectively trained 463 teachers who teach over 10,000 students every year. And after their trainings, 98% of those 463 teachers reported an increase in their motivation and confidence to engage students in hands-on, experiential learning in a garden setting.

Do you know what that means?! That means more and more kids getting meaningful experiences like the students above! That’s why, in January of 2018 we’ll be hosting another Leadership Institute, this time for 50 leaders who will be coming in from all across the US, including leaders from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Because every child everywhere deserves the chance to discover a love of learning, healthy food, and nature. We can’t wait to see what these leaders accomplish in the year to come!

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Today is the 174th birthday of Gertrude Jekyll, a British horticulturist, garden designer, artist, and writer. She created over 400 gardens in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States.

"A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust." -Gertrude Jekyll
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A heartfelt thank you to our generous community for all of your support on #GivingTuesday yesterday! We celebrate all of YOU this #ThankYouWednesday--with your partnership, we are growing healthy, inspired children!
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Over the past four years, the amount of mobile screen time has tripled in kids under eight. Our programs get kids outdoors in gardens and farms where they are physically active and learn to love nature!

"We will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught." - Baba Dioum

Will you join us today for #GivingTuesday in providing opportunities for children to love nature?

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The next generation of problem solvers will come from tomorrow's scientists. We partner with five schools in Watsonville to spark the curiosity of over 3,000 students in our school garden and field trip programs. Another 2,500 students engage in hands-on, garden-based learning at our Garden Classroom in Santa Cruz, too.

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." - Albert Einstein

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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.
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