Life Lab

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

All Train the Trainers Workshops are full. We will be offering a Train the Trainers Workshops in spring 2013 for our Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education Workshops.

Join the CSGT Workshop Notification List to be notified of future CSGT workshop announcements and locations.

 

Mini-Grants have been awarded to 30 organizations to replicate CSYSG training across the state. Learn more.

Resources to train others in creating and sustaining school gardens.

 

Do you have questions about a workshop you registered for? Contact the following workshop facilitators:

San Diego and Los Angeles: Russel Levan, 760-802-5690, levan@recycledproducts.org

Davis and Modesto: Jane Pickney, jppinckn@gmail.com

Santa Cruz and Hayward: Whitney Cohen, 831-459-3833, education@lifelab.org

 

 

Information on the CSYSG Train the Trainers Workshops:

The Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden Train the Trainers (CSYSG 3T) is a unique training and networking opportunity for garden-based educators and organizations to provide professional development and technical assistance to California school garden programs.  CSYSG 3T workshops give school garden promoters tools to offer Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden Workshops in their own regions.

During this full-day Train-the-Trainers workshop, you will:

  • Receive trainer outlines and appropriate participant handouts to use in your own trainings.
  • Discuss effective training strategies for adult learners.
  • Network with other school garden support professionals.
  • Learn ways to promote and support school garden development in your region.
  • Receive a copy of Gardens for Learning: Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden.
  • Become eligible to apply for a $550 mini-grant to replicate a CSYSG Workshop in your region.
  • Join the California School Garden Training Program, which will train 1,500 people by 2014.

Mini-Grants for Regional CSYSG Workshops

Participants who commit to offering a Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden workshop in their communities during the 2012-2013 school year may apply for a $550 mini-grant to support local training. Information about mini-grants will be available at the 3T workshops, and mini-grants are only available to those who attend a 3T Workshop.

2012 Workshop Dates and Locations

Santa Cruz FULL ** – Life Lab Garden Classroom, UC Santa Cruz
Friday April 20

San Diego FULL – Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center in National City 
Monday April 23

Davis FULL ** – UC Davis Children's Garden, UC Davis Student Farm
Friday April 27

Los Angeles FULL** – TBD
Friday May 18 

Modesto FULL** – Harvest Hall, 3800 Cornucopia Way, Modesto, CA 95358 
Friday June 15

Hayward FULL** – Ochoa Middle School, 2121 Depot Road, Hayward, CA 94545-2428
Friday June 22

** at these locations we will be putting on a regular CSYSG workshop the day following the 3Ts training. As a 3Ts participant, you and your team are invited to attend and observe the CSYSG training. See registration form for more information.

 

Registration

Click on a location above to register.
If registering with co-workers, please submit one registration for your team and list all team member's names and emails.

CSYSG 3T Workshops are offered for free for organizations and individuals that:

  • Have a strong knowledge of gardening concepts.
  • Have experience gardening with children and providing adult training.
  • Have interest in offering a CSYSG training in your region during 2012-2013.
  • Can ideally attend this event as part of a 2-member team.

Space is limited and filled on a first come, first serve basis.

1 semester unit of graduate education credit available for $60.

Past organizational attendees have included:

  • Non-profit organizations
  • School or school districts
  • University or college programs
  • UCCE and Master Gardener programs
  • Community gardening organizations
  • Botanical garden programs
  • Network for a Healthy California programs
  • City or county programs
 
The California School Garden Training Program is funded by a California Department of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant. The program will train 1,500 people in creating and sustaining school gardens from 2012-2014. Learn more about the CSGT.  View and share our flier.

Training partners include Life Lab, UC Davis Children's Garden Program, and The Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County, all in collaboration with the California School Garden Network.

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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.

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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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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