Life Lab

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

Field Trip Registration

Registration for Fall 2017 & Winter 2018 field trips will open in three tiers:

Thurs. 3/2/17, 8:00 a.m., 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.
Thurs. 3/9/17, 8:00 a.m., Tier 2 – an additional 40% of field trip dates, and any unfilled Tier 1 dates, will open to all schools in Santa Cruz County.
Thurs. 3/16/17, 8:00 a.m., 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. 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.). 

2. Once you find available dates, 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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Thanks to the Whole Kids Foundation for the generous grant and to Big Creek Lumber for your donation to the Amesti Eagles' Garden. With the generous support of Life Lab and other community supporters, our students are receiving the gift of hands-on Next Generation Science Standards and learning about healthy eating in a beautiful outdoor classroom!

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Do you ever wonder what is living just below the surface of the San Lorenzo River? Join the Coastal Watershed Council and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for tomorrow's Exploring the San Lorenzo River tour and find out!

We will be meeting at 8:30 on the Santa Cruz Riverwalk next to Mike Fox park and will be seining for fish and collecting benthic macroinvertebrates aka bugs! We will learn about the organisms that live in the San Lorenzo River and their food webs. This tour is open to all ages. You can sign up online or by emailing CWC River Scientist Alev Bilginsoy at Learn more at
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At a @soilbornfarms school garden conference, in a workshop on trees reminded me of this incredible Radiolab Podcast podcast. Listen to this one. ... See MoreSee Less

Forests feel like a place of great stillness but dig deeper and there’s a hidden world beneath your feet as busy and complicated as a city. 

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LIFE LAB on MAUI! so AnB stopped sugar production on Maui this year, there is tons of land available to lease and they are now taking offers. If farmers or farm educators won't get to it, it will turn into development, there are not enough offers from farmers and we need more, so please pass this on to those that are interested. To speak to An B need to look them up and make an offer. They are taking offers now! ... See MoreSee Less

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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.