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

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Feb17

Bring Learning to Life in the Garden – For After-School and Informal Educators

Learn to use a garden (however large or small) to foster a spirit of inquiry, promote ecological literacy, and encourage healthy eating. Participants in this workshop will experience simple, engaging, hands-on lessons for grades K-5 in the garden and practice variety of activities suitable for the garden. We'll also discuss strategies for managing large groups in an outdoor setting. In the event of rain, we'll still host the workshop and demonstrate … [Read More →]

Jun5

Life Lab Spring Benefit Brunch

Join us June 5th to celebrate a year of bringing learning to life in the garden.

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Jul15

DEADLINE to APPLY School Garden Support Org Leadership Institute

Join 14 other School Garden Support Organizations from across the nation to discuss strategies for accomplishing the following in your region:

  • Training and supporting educators to implement garden-based learning
  • Building and maintaining multiple school gardens, or supporting the installation and maintenance of multiple school gardens
  • Funding school gardens or helping schools to create sustainable funding streams for gardens
  • Facilitating regional networking between school garden educators
  • Evaluating school garden programs

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Mar9

Next Generation Science in the Garden

2-Day Next Generation Science in the Garden

Let's head outside and put earth and life back into Earth and Life Science! Using activities from the award-winning Life Lab Science curriculum, participants in this workshop learn to use a garden as a meaningful context in which their students can engage in Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices to examine Disciplinary Core Ideas and Cross-Cutting Concepts. Where better to explore ecological interdependence, growth and development of organisms, structure and … [Read More →]

Apr27

The Growing Classroom: 2-Day Intensive on Garden-Based Learning (Grades 2-6)

During this two-day workshop learn to use a garden to breathe life into standards-based lessons, promote ecological literacy, encourage healthy eating, and support students' social development. Using Life Lab’s Growing Classroom activity guide for grades 2-6, participants in this hands-on workshop experience tried-and-true garden-based lessons linked to Common Core Language Arts and Math and Next Generation Science Standards; practice basic gardening techniques; and develop management strategies for a school garden program. … [Read More →]

May13

Sowing the Seeds of Wonder: Discovering the Garden in Early Childhood Education (PreK-K)

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This one-day workshop, located at the amazing Garden Classroom or at your school site, is designed to give you the opportunity to see the garden through the eyes of a young child. Learn to set up a garden space that will encourage children to explore, ask questions, and connect to the natural world around them. Learn activities to engage children’s curiosity and enthusiasm while introducing them to fundamental ideas in … [Read More →]

Jun19

The Growing Classroom: 2-Day Intensive on Garden-Based Learning

During this two-day workshop learn to use a garden to breathe life into standards-based lessons, promote ecological literacy, encourage healthy eating, and support students' social development. Using Life Lab’s Growing Classroom activity guide for grades 2-6, participants in this hands-on workshop experience tried-and-true garden-based lessons linked to Common Core Language Arts and Math and Next Generation Science Standards; practice basic gardening techniques; and develop management strategies for a school garden program. … [Read More →]

Jul27

Outdoor Classroom and Garden Program Management

Learn from longstanding garden program garden educators on effective ways to manage an outdoor classroom and create a robust year-round program.

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Jul28

UCSC Farm & Garden 50th Anniversary

Life Lab is a 38 year old non-profit who has partnered with the UCSC Farm for most of our existence. We are thrilled to be part of the UCSC Farm & Garden's 50th Anniversary. We will be sharing a workshop along a line up of many other great offerings. We will be also offering childcare through a One Day Camp for 6 years and older at our Wildlands and Watering … [Read More →]

Jul29

One Day Kids Camp – UCSC Farm 50th Anniversary

While you are at UCSC Farm 50th Anniversary Events have your child explore the UCSC Farm with Life Lab. Our garden educators will run a one day version of our Wildlands and Watering Cans Day Camp.  Saturday, July 29th from 9:30 to 4:00 at the Life Lab Garden Classroom on the UCSC Farm.

For children 6 years of age and older. $50… [Read More →]

Sep29

Common Core in the Garden (Grades K-6)

Learn to use a school garden to provide a meaningful context in which students can apply their emerging skills in math and English language arts. Using lessons from The Growing Classroom activity guide, participants in this workshop will experience and discuss garden activities that support learning in math and language arts. Whether they are graphing the temperature of their compost pile over time; reading a recipe to make fresh salsa; writing … [Read More →]

Oct19

Santa Cruz School Food and Garden Tour

Visit longstanding school food and garden programs in action! On this tour, participants visit four established elementary school gardens; meet garden coordinators with decades of experience; observe and enjoy a school lunch cooked by students in Pacific Elementary's Food Lab Program.… [Read More →]

Oct20

Plant It, Grow It, Eat It! Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education (Grades K-8)

Sheila Bricken

Make the connection from seed to table in this fun and delicious workshop. Using tried-and-true Life Lab lessons and recipes for grades K-8, participants explore effective ways to teach nutrition and encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables through gardening, harvesting and meal preparation. We offer a Fall and Spring version of this workshop. 1 semester unit of graduate education credit available.

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Oct21

The Kitchen Classroom

Learn how to engage students in meal preparation as part of the National School Lunch Meal Program.

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Nov3

Next Generation Science in the Garden

Next Generation Science in the Garden

Let's head outside and put earth and life back into Earth and Life Science! Using activities from the award-winning Life Lab Science curriculum, participants in this workshop learn to use a garden as a meaningful context in which their students can engage in Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices to examine Disciplinary Core Ideas and Cross-Cutting Concepts. Where better to explore ecological interdependence, growth and development of organisms, structure and … [Read More →]

Nov9

Thank You Thursday – A Benefit for Life Lab

SCMB will donate $1 from every beer sold to Life Lab. Bring your dog, bring your kids, and enjoy some delicious local, organic beer for a good cause!  … [Read More →]

Mar20

Introduction to Next Generation Science in the Garden

Let's head outside and put earth and life back into Earth and Life Science! Using lessons from Life Lab’s The Growing Classroom activity guide, participants in this workshop learn to use a garden as a meaningful context in which their students can engage in Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices to examine Disciplinary Core Ideas and Cross-Cutting Concepts.… [Read More →]

Apr21

Developing Your NGSS Lessons

Apply the guiding principals of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to make our students the lead scientists in our garden lessons! This workshop is ideal for participants who have already attended the Intro to NGSS in the Garden Workshop or are otherwise familiar with NGSS.… [Read More →]

May20

Spring Benefit Brunch

The Spring Benefit Brunch is complimentary with a donation opportunity.
Fun, supervised childcare available for children ages 4-10,  $10/child 
If you have any questions, please contact us! Call Emily or Liz at (831) 459-3833, or email emily@lifelab.org

We look forward to inspiring you!… [Read More →]

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19 hours ago

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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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5 days ago

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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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6 days ago

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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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1 week ago

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Happy Monday!

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2 weeks ago

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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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3 weeks ago

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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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1 month ago

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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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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