Life Lab

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

Professional Development

"From providing the best curriculum resources to their cutting edge and exciting professional development opportunities, we have relied on Life Lab as our go to organization for support, ideas, and collaboration."  
           – Rachel Pringle, Director of Programs, Education Outside

Drawing upon over 35 years of experience in garden-based education, Life Lab provides professional mentoring to educators and trainers across the country. Learn to maximize the potential of an educational garden to breathe life into standards-based lessons; promote ecological literacy; encourage healthy eating; and support students' social development. Click below for more details on these professional development oppotunities:

Workshops at the Life Lab Garden Classroom in Santa Cruz, CA

Join us for an upcoming educator workshop at Life Lab's amazing Garden Classroom, located on the University of California Santa Cruz campus farm. 

See how we're changing the nature of education by training educators.

"One of the best organized days of hands-on activities and philosophical underpinnings I've ever seen!" – 5th Grade Teacher

Workshops at Your Location

Bring a Life Lab workshop to your school, organization, or community! Life Lab has trained tens of thousands of educators nationwide. View details on workshops at your site.

See how we're changing the nature of education by training educators.

See where we've been the last few years.

 

Hear from a teacher after a Life Lab workshop at her school.

Customized Professional Development Opportunities

Design a professional development opportunity to fit your specific interests and budget. Life Lab has worked very closely with schools and organizations around the world to develop professional mentoring opportunites that meet their needs. We have hosted everything from week-long institutes for Danish dignitaries to hour-long meetings with local schools to provide garden educators with the inspiration and information they need to advance their programming. Possible elements include:

To learn more about customized Professional Development opportunities with Life Lab, contact Whitney Cohen at education@lifelab.org or (831)459-3833.

Field Trip and Summer Camp Observations

Come observe a field trip or summer camp in action! To schedule a visit, contact Garden Education and Summer Camp Programs Director Amy Carlson at amy@lifelab.org or (831)459-4035.

Speaking Engagements and Presentations

Are you hosting your own conference or institute? Invite a member of the Life Lab team to inspire and engage your audience with a keynote presentation.

Read bios, see videos, and learn more about speakers John Fisher and Whitney Cohen.  

Webinars

Participate live or watch a free, archived Webinar to learn from Life Lab in the comfort of your own home, office, or WiFi-enabled spot in the garden! 


 

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Rachel Pringle

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 Curry

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 Bricken

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 Neier

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.