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- Field Trip Guide Internships
- UCSC Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) Farming and Gardening Internships download flier
- More Farm to University information at the CASFS website
- Quotes From Past Life Lab Interns
- Read about the impact our program has had on our interns
Fall Farm to Fork
Spring Science Exploration
Lead groups of 6-10 elementary schoolers on 3-hour hands-on harvest celebrations on the UCSC farm and Life Lab Garden Classroom.
When: Fall UCSC Quarter, Mon, Tues, Thur, or Fri,
Lead groups of 6-10 elementary schoolers on 3-hour hands-on science investigations in the Life Lab Garden Classroom and explorations of the UCSC Farm.
When: Spring UCSC Quarter, Mon, Tues, Thur, or Fri,
Seeds of Wonder
Feeling Fine with Fresh Foods
Lead groups of 4-6 pre-schoolers / kindergarteners in 1 hour and 15 minute hands-on garden explorations in the Life Lab Garden Classroom.
When: Fall and Spring UCSC Quarter, Wednesdays, 8:30-1:45
Lead groups of 8-10 4th and 5th graders in 3-hour hands-on nutrition investigations in the Life Lab Garden Classroom and on the UCSC Farm.
When: Winter UCSC Quarter,
Field Trip Guide Interns at the Garden Classroom will receive training in:
- garden-based science education
- working with children
- concepts in organic gardening & farming
- and much more!
2 credits available with 6 internship hours per week
5 credits available with 12-14 internship hours per week
We also serve interns from Cabrillo College and other institutions, as well as non-student volunteers.
"Interning at Life Lab was one of my favorite experiences at UCSC. The kids, the staff and the atmosphere are unparalleled. You don't know how much I regretted finding out about Life Lab during my final year; I would have been there starting freshman year if I had known. You won't find a better place to be anywhere on campus."
"I just wanted to write and express my thanks to all of you. I just applied and was offered the position of Garden Education Manager at Harding Elementary School in Santa Barbara. This position is honestly a dream come true and I know I couldn't have made it here without the knowledge and support I received from all of you. I hope the gardens I help to build and create over the next 2 years bring even a fraction of the wonder and joy that the Life Lab Science Program and garden has brought to it's visiting students and interns. Thank you! All the best!
– Emma Hodges, 2010
"I just wanted to thank you so much for all the encouragement and wisdom you have passed my way. I did end up getting a job with Playworks, a non profit organization that energizes classroom learning through safe, healthy, and inclusive play out on the recess yard. I'm also running a leadership program with 35 4th & 5th graders and an after school enrichment program with 15 students. I can not tell you how helpful it is to draw back on all my previous experience with kids. Life Lab does such a wonderful job of sustaining an entire quarter's worth of action and reflection. – Rachel Evernden, 2010
"Introducing kids to the many faces of Mother Nature during my Life Lab internship at the UCSC farm made college a holistic experience, grounded on nutrient-rich, compost earth; there is nothing more fufilling than nurturing the bonds between the next generation and permaculture. Kids with a connection to dirt and bugs and our food sources are kids that are going to make a paradigm shift in the modern ecological idiom from a planet in environmental degradation to a happenin' biodiverse party in our bubble."
– Molly McCalla, Anthropology 2002-2005
"Life Lab was a great opportunity for me to close my books for a while, leave the library and get outside to spend interactive time with kids! Life lab helped balance my time at UCSC and gave me the opportunity to witness the growth I was going through by being in college. It was a fun way to continue learning, but it gave me a chance to practice using my skills that I will need post-graduation! Thanks Life Lab!"
– Vanessa Shaw, Community Studies Class of 2006
"Life Lab was one of the most fun things I did in Santa Cruz, I wish I'd known about it earlier. I probably would have tried to be there every quarter!"
– Milli Chennell, History and Environmental Studies Double Major, 2000-2004