Life Lab

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

Your Hosts:  Sandy 831 750 7115  •  John 831 471 7831  •  Whitney 831 428 2064

Institute Documents

2016 SGSO Leadership Institue Documents (Key Actviitity Resource Folders, Key Actvity Working Group Templates, Your Site's PD Planning Sheet, etc.)
Can't access?? Text John at 8314717831 with your google user account emaill

COMPLETE BY MONDAY 12/5 AM  SGSO Pre-Participation Survey – one survey per team, answer as a team if you came with a team other 

Institute Agenda

Participant Roster

National School Garden Support Organization Forum


Institute Feed and Multimedia


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Getting Here and Preparation Logistics


1. Institute Agenda –  We will have a printed agenda for you upon arrival. Note the pink text which summarizes what you will need related to particular agenda topics.
We recently learned that we will not be able to access our retreat meeting room until 3pm and our lodging rooms will not be available until 4pm. Some of you may be arriving earlier. In that case you have options to poke around a bit in the city you land in, drive into Santa Cruz and say hi to the Pacific Ocean, or arrive to the retreat center before 3 and take a stroll in the redwoods. Feel free to call one of the hosts listed above for suggestions.

Check in at Mission Spring in the Fireside Lounge starts at 3pm.

We will gather at 5pm on Sunday to begin our agenda.

 

2. Pre-Institute Homework To make the most of our gathering we’d like you to take the time to do the following before we meet:

By November 23rd, have one of your team answer this pre-participation survey  see which organizations have responded and what they had to say

 

Come to the Institute prepared to give a 5-minute introduction to your organization. If you are using Powerpoint slides, please limit to no more than 5 slides. You can bring slides on a jump drive when you arrive on Sunday or email them prior to 12/4 to Sandy at admin@lifelab.org. See details of what we are looking for you to share in your presentation on Monday of the institute agenda.

 

Come prepared to share your best practices and favorite resources for training garden educators and resources/ideas on our 5 SGSO Key Activities. If any of your very favorite resources are not digital, please bring hard copies for people to see.  The Key Activities we’ll focus on are:

  • Identifying and Measuring Our Impact
  • Regional Networking
  • Models for Financial / Program Sustainability ​
  • Professional Development Models
  • Designing, Building, and Maintaining Multiple School Gardens

 

​Get your social accounts ready to “flirt” with us! Use #sgsoinstitute to tag your posts

 

If you find the time you may wish to read about the organizations that will be attending

www.createachangenow.org
www.CTschoolgardens.org
www.commongroundct.org
www.gardeneers.org
www.groundworksomerville.org
www.venturausd.org
www.LaSemillaFoodCenter.org
http://lettucelearn.org
www.ncat.org/gulf-states-regional-office
www.rvfarm2school.org
www.schoolgardens.arizona.edu
http://osse.dc.gov/service/school-gardens-program-sgp
www.citysprouts.org
www.captainplanetfoundation.org/learning-garden
www.theecologycenter.org/growyourown
www.thekitchencommunity.org
www.communitygroundworks.org
www.lifelab.org/watsonville-schoolgardens
www.wholekidsfoundation.org/landing-pages/school-gardens-landing
www.realschoolgardens.org

 

3. Items to Pack:

  • Personal Toiletries
  • Attire for changing weather. We expect daytime 60s and evenings in the low 40s. Rain is definitely possible.
  • Sun hat and good walking shoes for the garden and forest
  • Laptop computers, we will be creating documents using google docs (wifi will be available in some areas of the conference center)
  • Note-taking supplies
  • Appropriate chargers for your devices
  • Travel Mug and/or Water Bottle

 

4. Transportation to Retreat Center You should have received an email from Sandy Lansdale admin@lifelab.org regarding transportation from the airport to Mission Springs. If you have not or have any questions on transporting yourself from the airport to Mission Springs please connect with Sandy 831 750-7115. The car rental company said that all drivers can be listed to use the car for no additional cost so please have all your drivers list themselves as drivers of the car. We have also been informed that we need to pay the $12/per day insurance for the vehicle. Please have one of your carpool mates pay and submit reimbursement with Sandy. 


Mission Springs is located at 1050 Lockhart Gulch Rd, Scotts Valley, CA 95066  Map it here

  • San Jose Airport to Mission Springs is about 40 minutes without traffic which there shouldn’t be too much of on Sunday afternoon or Friday between 9am and 1pm
  • ​San Francisco Airport to Mission Springs is a little over an hour’s drive without traffic which there shouldn’t be too much of on Sunday afternoon or Friday between 9am and 1pm

 

5. Learn more about Santa Cruz. We will be staying at Mission Springs Conference Center which is 15 minutes outside of Santa Cruz in the mountains. View their Guest Information Brochure

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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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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.

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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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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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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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