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Field Trip Guide Internships

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,


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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,


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 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

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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,
Mondays or Fridays, 9:00-1:45

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Field Trip Guide Interns at the Garden Classroom will receive training in:

  • garden-based science education
  • working with children
  • concepts in organic gardening & farming
  • games
  • songs
  • and much more!

2 credits available with 6 internship hours per week
5 credits available with 12-14 internship hours per week

See Environmental Studies Department, Community Studies Field Program or Independent Study for more on getting UCSC credit as a Life Lab intern

We also serve interns from Cabrillo College and other institutions, as well as non-student volunteers.

For more information contact Amy at 831.459.4035, or come visit Life Lab's Garden Classroom on the UCSC Farm. 

Quotes From Past Interns

"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