Life Lab

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

OWLS Information for 2016

Greetings summer camp families! Thank you for registering your 12-14 year old for OWLS (Outdoor Wonderful Leaders at Summer camp). We're excited to spend this time with your child in the Garden Classroom!

Our Location: Life Lab Summer Day Camps take place at the Life Lab Garden Classroom on the UCSC Farm. The Farm is located at the base of UCSC Campus. 

OWLS Training: Our required training day is Wednesday, June 15th, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Garden Classroom. Please bring your child to the Garden Classroom by 2:00 and return for him/her at 4:00. During this time your child will meet our camp staff and other OWLS, find out about what happens at Garden Sprouts and how they can be a part of it, and briefly explore Positive Discipline and Inclusivity at camp. 

Beginning and End of the Day: The OWLS day begins at 8:00 a.m. Please bring your child directly to the Garden Sprouts Camp area at the Garden Classroom by 8:00. Parking meters are available at the Hay Barn parking lot, where you will pick up your child at the end of the day. 

OWLS will be ready for pickup at 1:00 at the Hay Barn (this is a NEW camp pick-up location– please click here for map & directions), unless they are assisting with after-care. When you pick up your child, please “check out” with us. Please respect our ending time and pick up your child by 1:10.

After-care: OWLS who are assisting with after-care will be ready for pick-up at 3:00 at the Hay Barn. Please pick up your child by 3:10.

Essential Items for OWLS to Bring Each Day:
Lunch and snack (for OWLS assisting with after-care, please pack an extra snack for the afternoon)
Leak-proof water bottle
Closed-toe shoes (please no sandals)
Hat and sunscreen
Backpack

Please leave at home:
Electronic devices (an emergency cell phone is okay as long as it stays in the backpack)

Parking Info: You don’t need a permit just for picking up campers; but UCSC does charge for parking when you leave your car unattended. While bringing your child to the Garden Classroom in the morning, please park at a meter or purchase a permit at the kiosk near the base of campus.

Thank you for supporting Life Lab. We are a non-profit organization and your camp fee directly supports our programs. We look forward to seeing you in the Garden!  Please contact us with any questions or concerns: (831) 459-4035 or amy@lifelab.org.
 

Thanks! We’re looking forward to a great summer in the garden!

Amy Carlson, Garden Sprouts Director MWF
Jennifer Eckert-Bernau, Garden Sprouts Director TTh
Kim Woodland, Garden Sprouts Director Session 4 MWF & TTh

 

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We have a few spots still open for our 4-6 years old camp T/TH camp. Tell your friends.Calling all 4-6 year olds! We have openings in our T/Th Garden Sprouts Day Camp www.lifelab.org/camp This is a great first day camp experience! See MoreSee Less

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A reminder to vote for Life Lab when you shop at New Leaf (there are paper ballots in the stores) to continue to be an EnviroToken recipient! We have been so grateful for this support from New Leaf Community Markets! Voting closes June 30th, and you can vote EVERY time you go to the store!Help select your store’s Envirotoken partners! For every reusable grocery bag you use at New Leaf, we give you a 10¢ Envirotoken to donate to one of six local nonprofits. Visit your neighborhood store between now and June 30 to cast your vote for which non-profits will receive this year’s donations. Thanks for helping us give back to our local communities! See MoreSee Less

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Thanks to our volunteer carpenter Michael for the beautiful new planters.

Have you visited the life lab garden lately? Come check out what’s new. The garden is open to the public sunrise to sunset daily!

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We are so grateful to be a current EnviroToken recipient at New Leaf’s Westside location–AND we are on the ballot AGAIN for the next round! Be sure to go into any store location and cast your paper ballot for Life Lab! This support makes a big impact on our ability to grow healthy, inspired children across Santa Cruz County & beyond. Thank you, New Leaf Community Markets!Happy Earth Month! Our Envirotoken program turns 25 this year, and we owe a HUGE thank you to all of our amazing customers for your support over the years. Founded in 1993, together we’ve kept 7 million bags out of landfills and raised over $700,000 for local non-profits! See MoreSee Less

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Calling all 4-6 year olds! We have openings in our T/Th Garden Sprouts Day Camp www.lifelab.org/camp This is a great first day camp experience! See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

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Less than 3 weeks until our Benefit Brunch! Hope you can join us!

Here’s a taste of the kind of inspiration you’ll get at our Brunch. Whitney Cohen, our Education Director, gave this speech at our 2014 Benefit Brunch–totally worth 8 minutes of your time to watch this! Whitney is gearing up to give a brand new speech at our upcoming event–you won’t want to miss it!
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Registration at: www.lifelab.org/brunchLife Lab Education Director eloquently shares why our work matters to 150 guest at our 2014 Benefit Brunch. www.lifelab.org See MoreSee Less

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In 2009, a group of teachers from Health, Wellness and Environmental Studies Elementary School in Jonesboro, Arkansas came to Life Lab. A year later, we visited them to lead two workshops for their staff (side note: this was also my first experience with okra, sweet tea, and flying in a biplane flown by Garden Teacher Melinda’s son). Now nine years, 3 courtyard gardens, 1 kitchen, and countless gardening and cooking classes later, Melinda and Sherri are back at Life Lab! What a treat to reconnect and hear about the amazing work they and their team have accomplished in their school! See MoreSee Less

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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