Life Lab

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

Visiting the Garden Classroom

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 fieldtrip 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)

Field Trip visitors use this map.  

  • 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 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 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.


View Detailed Google Map Directions for Parking and Walking to the Garden Classroom in a larger map

 

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 and Lodging Suggestions

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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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.