Life Lab

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

About Life Lab

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

Drawing on over thirty-five years of work with young people in gardens, Life Lab, a nonprofit organization, has emerged as a national leader in the garden-based learning movement. Through workshops and consultations, we have provided tens of thousands of educators across the country with the inspiration and information necessary to engage young people in gardens and on farms. Our workshops and award-winning publications are the go-to resource for educators and families interested in engaging young people in gardens. At the Life Lab Garden Classroom educational center in Santa Cruz, CA, we continue to promote experiential learning for people of all ages through field trips,  children's camps, and teacher workshops.

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Life Lab History
It all started in 1979 with a team of inspired teachers, some open land outside a classroom, and a vision. Since the first Life Lab school garden was created at Green Acres Elementary School in Santa Cruz, CA, Life Lab has continuously engaged young people in gardens and taught others to do the same. View a timeline of our history documented on our blog.

Life Lab in the News
From the New York Times to our local TV stations, Life Lab has been press-worthy for over thirty years. View 35 plus years of press.

 

Recognition for Life Lab

Life Lab has won numerous awards and has been acclaimed by the following groups and individuals, among others:

 

For media inquiries, contact John Fisher, Outreach Director – gardendirector@lifelab.org or 831.471.7831(cell)

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Join other school garden support organizations to strengthen the work you do December 4-9, 2016!

Apply to our School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute by July 15th.

Learn more and apply at www.lifelab.org/sgso

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Join the Coastal Watershed Council at the Patagonia Santa Cruz store for Fly-Casting & Fly-Tying Demos at 6:45 PM and a short film at 7:45 PM. See you there! Thanks to Trout Unlimited and Santa Cruz Fly Fishermen for this exciting event.
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We're live from the school garden conference with keynote John Fisher of life lab!

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Rachel Pringle

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 Curry

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 Bricken

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 Neier

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.