Life Lab

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

Programs of Life Lab

Life Lab Programs At-a-Glance


Garden Classroom Workshops

Every year, formal and informal educators from across the country come together in our Garden Classroom to see the magic for themselves. Come and join us for a workshop and learn new garden-based lessons and activities for children; network with other educators in the field; and enjoy a farm fresh meal in our lovely 2-acre Garden Classroom.

Off-Site Workshops

Life Lab has trained tens of thousands of educators in over 2,500 schools across the country. A kindergarten teacher recently wrote us, “Since bringing Life Lab to our school, my students are showing an improved respect toward the plants and animals on campus, an enthusiasm and curiosity to visit and learn from the garden, and expanded healthy eating practices.” Bring Life Lab to your school or community and see what grows!

Pajaro Valley Project

Through community and school partnerships Life Lab is supporting school garden development and offering on-farm field trips at our Blooming Classroom site.

California FoodCorps State Host

Life Lab and the Community Alliance with Family Farmers were selected by FoodCorps to serve as cost state leads for the California FoodCorps Program. As state hosts we direct the FoodCorps program across the state through partnerships with service sites. Service sites sponsor service members to bring farm to school programming to schools and communities across the state.

Field Trips

“This was the best field trip I have taken my class on in 17 years!” a teacher recently wrote us. Whether they’re harvesting vegetables and cooking soup, tasting honey from the beehive, or feeding the chickens, kids and adults alike have a blast while learning about science, nutrition, natural cycles, and food systems during our field trip programs for preschool through middle school.

Camp

At Life Lab camps, kids spend whole days getting muddy, singing songs, making new friends, exploring the garden and woods, creating garden crafts, and cooking farm fresh food. Adventure awaits for our campers, ages 4-14!

Publications

From garden-based science curriculum to whimsical books for parents, Life Lab’s award-winning publications are the go-to resource for educators and families interested in engaging children in gardens. We have something for everyone!

Web-Based School Garden Resources

Which lessons from The Growing Classroom are aligned with the third grade science standards? How do I host a bug race? Where can I find grants to support my school garden? Visit our website to find just about anything you might need to support your work in educational gardens.

Monterey Bay Science Project

Life Lab’s Monterey Bay Science Project brings K-12 teachers from regional schools together with college and university faculty in a variety of institutes, conferences and yearlong programs to explore effective approaches to teaching science.

Consulting

Life Lab staff is available year-round to consult with individuals, schools, and community organizations interested in establishing or enriching farm- and garden-based learning programs for all ages.

Food What?!

“FOOD, WHAT?!” is an award-winning youth empowerment and food justice project of Life Lab. FoodWhat uses food, through sustainable agriculture and health, as the vehicle for growing strong, healthy, and inspired teens. Through internships, summer jobs, and community events, FoodWhat partners with low-income and at-risk youth to grow, cook, eat, and distribute healthy, sustainably raised food and address food justice in Santa Cruz and Watsonville.

 

 

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Tomorrow is the day! The Human Race is one of the many ways you can support Life Lab in growing healthy, inspired children. Make a donation today (or register for the race!) at www.humanracesc.org/npo/life-lab or visit the registration booth starting at 8AM tomorrow at 2300 Delaware Ave. in Santa Cruz. You don't want to miss the fun! #humanracesc, #isupportlifelab ... See MoreSee Less

2017 Human Race Walkathon and Fun Run

May 13, 2017, 8:00am - May 13, 2017, 2:00pm

Human Race Santa Cruz

Come walk, run, skip, or roll with us at the 37th Annual Human Race Walkathon and Fun Run. Enjoy delicious food, music along the 5 mile course, a people's parade, costumes and family friendly activities at the Fairy Tale Themed Village after the race. All who donate $35 or more will also receive a Human Race T-shirt. The Human Race is our community's largest giving campaign. This year, 130 Human Race teams are reaching out for your support. All you have to do to register is donate to your favorite cause then join the fun on race day. Our 2017 theme is FairyTales and all are welcome to join us in costume! REGISTER ONLINE at www.humanracesc.org or on race day starting at 8AM. The race begins at 9AM at 2300 Delaware Ave in Santa Cruz. If you can't make it you can still grant a wish by making an online donation. Volunteers Needed: Want to volunteer at the Race? We are still looking for a few more folks to make this day a success. please contact Odessa at americorps@scvolunteercenter.org

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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.