Life Lab

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

Wildlands & Watering Cans Information for 2016

Greetings summer camp families! Thank you for registering your child for Life Lab summer camp.  We are looking forward to spending 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 near the base of UCSC Campus. 

***NEW drop-off and pick-up location this year, at the new Hay Barn near the farm!***

Drop-off and pick-up: Camper drop-off and pick-up will take place each day of camp at the new Hay Barn near the base of UCSC campus. Please click here for map and directions. Camp staff will meet you and your child at the Hay Barn at 9:00 and walk with your child up to the garden each morning; if you arrive after 9:10, staff will no longer be at the Hay Barn and you will need to park at a meter and walk with your child to the garden. 

Campers will be ready for pickup at 3:00 at the Hay Barn. When you pick up your child, please “check out” with us. Please respect our ending time and pick up your child by 3:10.

We strongly encourage all campers to stay for the whole day. If you must pick up your child early on a specific day, please arrange this with the camp director ahead of time. Campers will not be available for early pick up on Wednesday hike days.

After-care: After-care runs from 3:00 to 5:00 and during this time campers will explore on & around the 25-acre Farm. They will come to the Hay Barn for pick-up at 5:00. Please no early pick-up.

Essential Items for Campers to Bring Each Day:

  • Lunch and snack (please pack extra snack on Wednesday hike days, and extra snack if your child is registered for after-care). We encourage healthy eating at camp.
  • Leak-proof water bottle 
  • Comfortable closed-toe shoes (please no sandals)
  • Hat and sunscreen (we suggest applying sunscreen before arriving at camp too)
  • Jacket or sweatshirt if morning is cool
  • Backpack
  • Please label your child's items to make it easier to get them all home again. Thanks!

Please leave at home:

All 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 dropping off and picking up campers. If you wish to park and leave your car, please park at a meter or purchase a permit at the kiosk near the base of campus.

2016 Wildlands & Watering Cans Camp Schedule: Please view the session schedule your child will be attending and share it with your child.

The Last Friday of Each Session at 2:00: The last Friday of each session (Session 1: July 1  / Session 2: July 15 / Session 3: July 29 / Session 4: August 12) at 2:00 p.m. families are invited to join in our kid-harvested Farmer’s Market Party. Please come prepared with a few coins & small bills and a bag to carry produce if you wish to purchase vegetables. Parking for this event will be tricky this year, due to construction happening in our usual spot; please carpool if you can, and plan on 15-20 minutes to park and walk to the garden. Limited parking will be available at the Campus Facilities lot (lot #116). If this lot is full, the nearest parking will be at the Barn Theater lot at the base of campus. UCSC requires a parking permit, and Life Lab staff will be at the Campus Facilities lot to sell you a permit for $4.  Please use caution walking across the bike path on your way to the Garden Classroom.

Camper Group Requests: We do our best to accommodate camper group requests, but please know it is not always possible as we need to balance age and gender across our groups.  We will take group requests on the first morning of camp. Be prepared to share the names of children your camper would like to be with.

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 cara@lifelab.org.
 

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

Cara Sundell, Wildlands & Watering Cans Camp Director, & Amy Carlson, Garden Sprouts Camp Director

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Camp staff has arrived! We can’t wait to greet all the campers next week. We have spots still available for 4-6 year olds, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Lifelab.org has all the details.
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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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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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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