Life Lab

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

Google Maps Navigation: Use this map to navigate to Parking Permit Kiosk/Parking Lot and view walking directions from parking lot to the Garden Classroom. Parking passes are required M-F.

Workshop and field trip visitors view parking details below:

 

The Garden Classroom is located on the UCSC CASFS Farm. We are open to the public every day of the year 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Life Lab’s Office is located at the Garden Classroom site and is open M-F, 9:00 – 4:00.

Download Visitor Map and Parking Instructions (Do not park here for scheduled field trips- please see below)

  

  • If you are coming to visit, please purchase a parking pass from the red parking kiosk near the base of campus and park in Lot 116.
  • If you are coming for an Educator Workshop, please see below or refer to your welcome packet for specific directions on parking in Campus Facilities Lot 116.
  • If you are coming on a scheduled Garden Classroom Field Trip, refer to the field trip confirmation page.

 

  • Looking to schedule a Garden Classroom Field Trip for pre-school through middle school? Click here
  • Looking to schedule a professional visit to gain inspiration for your garden programming? Click here

Detailed Google Map for Navigating to Campus Facilites Lot 116 and Walking to the Garden Classroom site on the UCSC Farm.


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Click here to download a map of the Garden Classroom!
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Suggested Lodging, Restaurants, and Local School Gardens

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Airport & Lodging Options

Local Airports

San Jose International Airport (SJC): Approximately 1 hour from Life Lab
San Francisco International Airport (SFO): Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes from Life Lab
Oakland International Airport (OAK): Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes from Life Lab

 

Santa Cruz Information

15 Day Weather Forecast It is always a good idea to dress in layers in our Central Coast climate. (Many workshop participants have been glad to find out that we sell Life Lab sweatshirts:-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ella King from Ella's at the Airport and Cafe Ella will prepare the brunch at the Life Lab Annual Benefit at T. S. Macquiddy Elementary

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Registration is open for the Life Lab Brunch. Enjoy brunch and celebrate growing healthy, inspired children across Santa Cruz County and beyond!

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Life Lab Benefit Brunch registration is on! We are excited to host our brunch at MacQuiddy Elementary School in Watsonville on May 20th. Please join us for our complimentary brunch, inspiring program and a reception in the garden. More information and Registration here: lifelab.org/brunch ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

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Teaching a Growing Classroom Workshop at @OakSpringGardenFoundation in collaboration with @dcgreens.org. I feel like I’ve fallen into a small French village. This is the former estate of Paul and Rachel “Bunny” Mellon in Virginia. Mrs. Mellon was an avid horticulturalist who designed the White House Rose Garden! I am staying in the room where Jackie Kennedy stayed when she visited here!! Sharing a weekend in this space with teachers who love kids and gardens is a truly unforgettable experience. ... See MoreSee Less

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Just when I thought we’d seen it all ... this is an agrophotovoltaic school garden underneath massive solar panels at @Manzo.Ecology in Tucson. The elementary school students here gather and analyze data on how the shade from the panels helps the plants grow and how the plants help cool the panels and increase their efficiency. What?!?! It’s amazing and gives me hope. Oh, and also they have a desert tortoise in their courtyard. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

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Have you heard?! Life Lab is one of New Leaf Community Markets' recipients of their EnviroToken program at 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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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