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

Field Trip Registration

Registration for Spring 2018 field trips will open in three tiers on the dates below:

Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017: Tier 1 – half the field trip field trip dates will open for schools in Santa Cruz County with 30% or more free/reduced lunch program eligibility among their students.
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017: Tier 2 – an additional 40% of field trip dates, and any unfilled Tier 1 dates, will open to all schools in Santa Cruz County.
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017: Tier 3 – the remaining 10% of field trip dates and all other unfilled dates will open to everyone. 

If you would like to receive email notifications about field trip registration, please contact to put your email address on our list.

How to place a field trip request: 

1. Please see registration opening dates above to find the opening date for your school. 

2. Find an available field trip date (and if possible, a couple alternates) on the calendar below (please note: Green entries are available dates, Red entries are not available.). 

3. Please fill out and submit this form (one form per class). 

If you have questions please call 831-459-4035 or send an email.

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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.