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

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2015 Workshops at the Life Lab Garden Classroom

Upcoming Educator Workshops in the Life Lab Garden Classroom: August 1-2, 2015 - 9:00AM-3:30PM The Growing Classroom: 2-Day Intensive on Garden-Based Learning (Grades 2-6) – Cost: $300/person. 1 semester unit of graduate education credit available per day for [...]

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Free Community Tour for Adults

Life Lab Summer Community Tour - For Grown-Ups! Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 11am-Noon Free - More Information and Registration [...]

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Shop New Leaf to Support Life Lab Thursday, April 24, 2014

Shop New Leaf Community Markets on the Westside of Santa Cruz on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 from 9am to 9pm. New Leaf will donate 5% of their daily profits to Life Lab. Have a great day shopping and supporting Life Lab! [...]

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California FoodCorps State Training at the Garden Classroom

This past week, 11 California FoodCorps service members gathered in Santa Cruz at the Life Lab Garden Classroom to engage in a three day training to learn how to connect kids to real food and see first-hand some of the best school garden and Farm to School models in act [...]

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The Danes Are Here

We have been having a great time showing visitors from Denmark some of the best farm to school and school garden programs in the region. The Danish study tour group, organized by Life Lab, is composed of eighteen government ministers, university faculty and graduate stu [...]

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“Love Us” on Monday at Discretion Brewery

Have a Beer to Support Life Lab Monday, August 26th Discretion Brewery in Soquel Join the fun anytime from 11:30 am-9:00 pm. Come for dinner or lunch at this family friendly brewery. During Discretion Brewing's Love Monday, 20% of all beer sales will go to [...]

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Summer Workshop: Plant It, Grow It, Eat It – Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education Workshop

Summer Two-Day Offering July 27-28 Workshop Description Make the connection from seed to table in this fun and delicious workshop. Using tried-and-true Life Lab lessons and recipes for grades K-8, participants explore effective ways to teach nutrition  and encourag [...]

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Think Globally, Learn Locally: Using local environments to engage young minds

Teacher Professional Development for Teachers Grades K-8 What: Bring science learning to life! Our local environment can provide rich science learning experiences for students. Learn about the resources available, including the recently published K-12 California Educati [...]

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Spring 2013 Newsletter

View The May 2013 Garden Times - Life Lab's Newsletter Program Updates What We Have Been Up To Since Our Last Newsletter Meet our Senior Program Associate - Amber Turpin and her baby Hazel Update on the California School Garden Training Program California FoodC [...]

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May 19th Benefit Brunch in the Garden Classroom

Join us Sunday, May 19th, 2013 for the Life Lab Garden Classroom Benefit Brunch. Register Please consider supporting Life Lab. Go to www.lifelab.org/donate. [...]

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The Garden, A Master Teacher Talk – April 18th Portland Garden Club

The public is invited to an upcoming Portland Garden Club talk presented by Life Lab's Outreach Director John Fisher. The Garden: A Master Teacher Thursday, April 18 Social: 9:30 Program/Meeting: 10:15 Optional box lunch and workshop to follow program [...]

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Summer 2012 Newsletter

  You don't want to miss our Summer 2012 Newsletter. In This Issue Garden Tips and Educator Resources Seed Saving Resources and Video Growing Questions - Inquiry in the Garden Teaching at a Farmer's Market Recipes: Zucchini Baba Ganoush and More [...]

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Bookshop Santa Cruz – Family Book Talk July 15th @ 4pm

Family Book Talk & Demonstration Sunday, July 15th @ 4pm The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids We hope you'll join us when Whitney Cohen and John Fisher share their book, tips, and love of gardening at Bookshop Santa Cruz.     &nb [...]

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Ride a Bike to Support Food What

On Sunday April 26th The Slow Coast Green Fondo 56 mile fundraising ride will raise funds for Food What?!. Hop on your bike and ride for Food What! The bike ride will take you through some of the most beautiful spots in Santa Cruz County. At the end of the ride enj [...]

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2012 Winter Newsletter

You don't want to miss our Winter 2012 Newsletter. In This Issue Garden Tips and Lessons Lesson - Six Seed Trail Mix Making Garden Signs - Tips and Photos Lesson Packet - Feeling Fine With Fresh Foods Recipe - Winter Squash Teacakes  Program Up [...]

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Introducing the California School Garden Training Program

Life Lab, along with organizational partners from the UC Davis Childrens' Garden Program and the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego, will train 1,500 educators, volunteers, parents and school garden support professionals throughout the state of Cali [...]

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Garden Classroom Day Camps

Few spaces still open. Come join us at Life Lab for an exciting season of all-new Garden Day Camps at the Life Lab Garden Classroom New this year at camp Early-care and after-care! Expanded Garden Sprouts Camp! Visit our camp page to learn more (more…) [...]

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May Day Benefit Brunch in the Garden Classroom

Sunday, May 1, 2011 10 am - 12 pm For 32 years, Life Lab has been teaching people to care for themselves, each other and the natural world through farm and garden-based programs. Please join us for a farm fresh brunch celebrating the work we do. Learn more and Registe [...]

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Farm and Garden Educator Resource Round-up

Farm and Garden Educator Resources that were shared during the "On the farm and in the garden educators" bus tour. 2011 Eco-Farm Bus Tour visited Cesar Chavez Middle School in Watsonville, De LaVeaga School in Santa Cruz, The Life Lab Garden Classro [...]

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Benefit Event on GoodTimes TV

Life Lab's Annual Benefit was so great this year that the local media came to make a video of it:-) Greg Archer of the GoodTimes finds out what Life Lab is all about. [...]

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Life Lab’s Taste of the Harvest – Our Annual Benefit Event

Life Lab is Celebrating 31 Years! Join us for our Annual Benefit Event: A Taste of the Harvest   September 11, 2010 At the Life Lab Garden Classroom, UCSC Farm 4:00-7:00 p.m. Life Lab Science Program invites you to discover the flavors of the sea [...]

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Santa Cruz Sentinel ~ Strawberries are a Blast

"Food,What?!" Strawberry Youth Blast coverage from the Santa Cruz Sentinel -- All things strawberry were the focus at the UCSC Farm and Garden Wednesday, as 300 county high and middle school students joined volunteers from Food, What?! for the 2010 Strawberry [...]

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Garden Classroom Spring Workshops

 Spring 2010 OfferingsAt the Life Lab Garden Classroom on the UC Santa Cruz FarmView more workshop details and learn how to bring a Life Lab Workshop to your siteSowing the Seeds of Wonder: Discovering the Garden in Early Childhood EducationMarch 27, 2010This one-d [...]

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Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden

The Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden (CSYSG) Video Series is a part of the CSYSG Training Model. This workshop has been given to over a thousand educators in California and it includes the California School Garden Network's book Gardens for Learning, parti [...]

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“Food, What?!” Harvest Fest in the Sentinel

The Santa Cruz Sentinel covered our largest youth Harvest Fest to date.The article "A field trip to chew on: teens run organic food festival"quotes this student participant:Lorraine Medina talks fast and waves her arms when you ask her about vegetables."Chard and kale. [...]

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Leave us a Birthday Wish

Are you past Life Lab Student, Teacher, Intern, or Staff?Do you have any great memories or stories to tell?Tell us about your experience with Life Lab and when/where you were involved.We like good stories so feel free to share:-)Share your story here (it is easy no logi [...]

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Birthday Party in the Garden Classroom

Our 30th Birthday Party was celebrated in The Garden Classroom with over 450 people enjoying garden crafts, strawberry tarts, chickens, goats, fresh squeezed lemonade, The Banana Slug String Band, garden fresh pizza, honey tasting, and of course a huge birthday cak [...]

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Have you heard?! Life Lab is one of New Leaf Community Markets' recipients of their EnviroToken program for their Westside Santa Cruz store! So get your shopping on, bring your reusable bags, and donate 10¢ to Life Lab with every bag you use! Thank you, New Leaf!
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We are so grateful to be starting 2018 with such strong support! Because of so many generous gifts from our supporters like you, we surpassed our 2017 fundraising goal of $124,000, with all campaign donations totaling $125,835.

These funds will help make Life Lab field trip and summer camp programs possible for children from families and schools that could otherwise not afford them. We believe that ALL children deserve the chance to love learning, healthy food, and nature. Thanks to your support, this year we will serve even more children in Santa Cruz County and across the nation.

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Happy almost 2018, Life Lab fans! We are only $809 dollars away from reaching our $124,000 year-end fundraising goal! Before you ring in the new year, will you help us ensure a promising 2018? 100% of the funds necessary to do this important work come from grants and from individuals like you. Will you join us in ensuring that we can continue to deepen and expand our reach, so that even more children can experience the joy of loving learning, healthy food, and nature? Your tax-deductible gift made by midnight tonight will go directly to supporting our programs.
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With women and people of color still underrepresented in scientific fields, "I'm a scientist!" is a powerful statement coming from a 2nd grade girl in Watsonville. It came during a field trip to our Blooming Classroom field trip program. Young students look at flowers on living plants in the garden, see pollinators interacting with them, and pick a flower to dissect and explore its parts. Then they draw the flower and label all the parts they learned about in a lesson with our garden educators. This hands-on, garden-based science in action, and the feeling it gives students is exciting!

These ah-ha moments happen all the time at Life Lab, inspiring children's love of learning, healthy food, and nature. 100% of the funds needed to create these life-changing experiences come from grants and from individuals like you. Will you join us in ensuring that thousands of children each year can experience the joy of hands-on garden-based learning? Your tax-deductible gift will go directly to supporting our programs.

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We all know that hands-on experiences are critical to learning. No one would dream of teaching technology without computers: in fact, in many schools today they are mandating 30 minutes of screen time per student, per day. Why on earth with this understanding are we trying to teach earth and life science without giving them exposure to earth and life? School gardens are spaces--outdoor classrooms--where students can learn science and apply math and language arts, in a context that feels relevant to them. And what might happen if we elevated the status of hands-on, experiential, outdoor learning? What might happen if schools started mandating 30 minutes of dirt time per student per day? This would be time where they could apply what they're learning in the classroom outdoors to the world around them and develop a connection to it. Well that’s what we’re here to find out!
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"This field trip was a fun experience that taught me how to eat healthy food in a fun way." -6th grader on a Feeling Fine with Fresh Foods Field Trip
Help grow the next generation of healthy eaters!
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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.
Tara NeierCamp ParentSummer camp mom