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

Workshops at the Garden Classroom

Life Lab Garden Classroom Workshops

Graduate Education CreditIn the amazing Garden Classroom and beyond, Life Lab has trained tens of thousands of educators. Join us as we bring learning to life in the garden!

That was THE BEST workshop ever! I learned so much. Plus, I felt like I was on a mini-vacation. I'm all blissed out!  
Email from workshop participant, received 3/6/13.

Upcoming Educator Workshops in the Life Lab Garden Classroom

Santa Cruz County Public School Educators learn more about reduced rate registration!


Thursday – Friday, March 9-10, 2017 – 9:30AM-3:30PM

Next Generation Science in the Garden for Grades K-5 – Cost: $300 per person registered by 2/24/17, $360 after 2/24/17. 2 semester units of graduate education credit available for an additional $70 fee. 

 

Print this form to mail or fax your registration and payment.

 

Friday March 31, 2017 – 9:30AM-3:30PM

Common Core in the Garden – Cost: $150 per person registered by 3/17/17, $180 after 3/17/17. 1 semester unit of graduate education credit available for an additional $70 fee. 

 

Print this form to mail or fax your registration and payment.

 

Thursday – Friday, April 27-28, 2017 – 9:30AM-4:00PM

The Growing Classroom: Two-Day Intensive in Garden-Based Learning – Cost: $300 per person registered by 4/14/17, $360 after 4/14/17. 2 semester units of graduate education credit available for an additional $70 fee. 

 

Print this form to mail or fax your registration and payment.

 

Spring Date TBA 2017 – 9:30AM-3:30PM

Sowing the Seeds of Wonder: Discovering the Garden in Early Childhood Education – Cost: $150 1 semester unit of graduate education credit available for an additional $70 fee. 

 

Print this form to mail or fax your registration and payment.

 

Monday – Tuesday June 19-20, 2017 – 9:30AM-4:00PM

The Growing Classroom: Two-Day Intensive in Garden-Based Learning – Cost: $300 per person registered by 6/6/17, $360 after 6/6/17. 2 semester units of graduate education credit available for an additional $70 fee. 

 

Print this form to mail or fax your registration and payment.

 

Thursday July 27, 2017 – 9:30AM-3:30PM

Outdoor Classroom and Garden Program Management – Cost: $150 per person registered by 7/13/17, $180 after 7/13/17. 1 semester unit of graduate education credit available for an additional $70 fee. 

 

Print this form to mail or fax your registration and payment.


 

 

Attend a workshop at our Garden Classroom training center and:

  • be inspired by our model educational garden site
  • take a walking tour of the 25-acre UCSC Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems organic farm
  • meet and learn from other garden-based educators
  • enjoy a farm fresh meal
  • take home loads of useful resources

If you would like to be notified when we add new workshop dates, please join our email list.

Payment Options

  • To register online and pay by credit card or pay pal, click the appropriate order button above.
  • To print and mail or fax your registration and payment, use this form.
  • Or by phone at (831) 459-2001

Financial Aid

Life Lab offers a limited number of workshop fee reductions based on need and anticipated impact. Click here for an application for Financial Assistance

For questions, please contact Whitney Cohen at 831.459.5395 or education@lifelab.org

 

Life Lab and collaborators offer more training opportunities through occasional grant funded programs. Learn more.

Life Lab can provide a workshop for your staff at your site. Click for details.

  • Karen Fischer

    Hello!
    I am looking to plan a trip from NJ and hoped to link it with a day class that you are having. Do you have any teachers training dates set for after the new year?
    Karen

  • http://www.lifelab.org/ Life Lab

    Hi Karen, we are finalizing our workshop dates for the coming year. You can sign up to receive a twice annual workshop date announcement at http://www.lifelab.org/join and check your interest as “teacher workshops”.

  • Angelica Adams

    This link goes to “page not found”
    VIEW A SAMPLE 2-DAY WORKSHOP AGENDA.
    Could someone send me that sample? I need to submit it to get approval to attend the Workshop in March.
    Thank you!

  • http://www.lifelab.org/ Life Lab

    Hi Angelica, thanks for letting us know of the missing link. I corrected it and here is the direct link to the agenda http://www.lifelab.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/TGCAgendawithouttimes-template.pdf
    Let us know if you need anything else for your approval.
    -JOHN, Life Lab

  • Jennifer Allisan Musick

    I would like to attend either The Growing Classroom 2-Day Intensive workshop or the Next Generation Science in the Garden for Grades K-5 workshop, and would like to know whether course materials or books will be provided as part of the workshop fee, or will they need to be purchased separately?
    Thanks!

  • john

    Jennifer all publications and lunch is provide. You may purchase continual education credit for $60 per credit per day if you wish.

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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 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.