In 2016, you helped us bring 30 leaders from across the nation together for a first-ever Leadership Institute for School Garden Support Organizations.
The results are in on the work they have achieved together. In 2017, these 30 leaders collectively trained 463 teachers who teach over 10,000 students every year. And after their trainings, 98% of those 463 teachers reported an increase in their motivation and confidence to engage students in hands-on, experiential learning in a garden setting.
Do you know what that means?! That means more and more kids getting meaningful experiences like the students above! That’s why, in January of 2018 we’ll be hosting another Leadership Institute, this time for 50 leaders who will be coming in from all across the US, including leaders from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Because every child everywhere deserves the chance to discover a love of learning, healthy food, and nature. We can’t wait to see what these leaders accomplish in the year to come!
"Increasing evidence suggests that the natural world may be a powerful resource for learning and development. 'Contact with nature' ranging from wilderness vacations, to catching frogs in a drainage ditch, to doing homework with a view of trees is increasingly tied to positive outcomes."
Children, and humans across the lifespan, are increasingly losing contact with nature. Many live in highly developed settings with relatively few natural elements or views; others have access to some forms of nature but spend time indoors. What are the consequences of this shift for children –– ...
Work with kids in gardens and on farms! Life Lab winter internships are a great way to be outdoors, learn about farms & gardens, and serve local school kids. We have opportunities on the UCSC Farm and in Watsonville. Join Us! ... See MoreSee Less
A heartfelt thank you to our generous community for all of your support on #GivingTuesday yesterday! We celebrate all of YOU this #ThankYouWednesday--with your partnership, we are growing healthy, inspired children! #isupportlifelab, #grateful www.lifelab.org/donate... See MoreSee Less
Over the past four years, the amount of mobile screen time has tripled in kids under eight. Our programs get kids outdoors in gardens and farms where they are physically active and learn to love nature!
"We will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught." - Baba Dioum
Will you join us today for #GivingTuesday in providing opportunities for children to love nature?
The next generation of problem solvers will come from tomorrow's scientists. We partner with five schools in Watsonville to spark the curiosity of over 3,000 students in our school garden and field trip programs. Another 2,500 students engage in hands-on, garden-based learning at our Garden Classroom in Santa Cruz, too.
"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." - Albert Einstein
You can influence real change today by supporting Life Lab for #GivingTuesday.
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.