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

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. 

Workshop is full. Join our Elist to be notified of future educator workshops.

 

Friday – September 29, 2017 – 9:30AM-3:30PM

Common Core in the Garden – Cost: $150 per person registered by 9/15/17, $180 after 9/15/17. 1 semester unit of graduate education credit available for an additional $70 fee. 

 

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

 

Saturday – October 14, 2017 – 9:30AM-3:30PM

Sowing the Seeds of Wonder: Exploring Early Childhood Education in the Garden – Cost: $150 per person registered by 9/29/17, $180 after 9/29/17. 1 semester unit of graduate education credit available for an additional $70 fee. 

 

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

 

Thursday – October 19, 2107 – 9:30AM-4:00PM

Santa Cruz Area School Food and Garden Tour – Cost: $150 per person registered by 10/6/17, $180 after 10/6/17. 1 semester unit of graduate education credit available for an additional $70 fee. 

 

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

 

Friday – October 20, 2017 – 9:30AM-3:30PM

Plant It, Grow It, Eat It!: Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education – Cost: $150 per person registered by 10/6/17, $180 after 10/6/17. 1 semester unit of graduate education credit available for an additional $70 fee. 

 

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

 

Saturday – October 21, 2017 – 9:30AM-3:30PM

FoodLab: The Kitchen Classroom – Engaging Students in School Meal Preparation – Cost: $150 per person registered by 10/6/17, $180 after 10/6/17. 1 semester unit of graduate education credit available for an additional $70 fee. 

 

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

 

Friday – November 3, 2017 – 9:30AM-3:30PM

Next Generation Science in the Garden – Cost: $150 per person registered by 10/20/17, $180 after 10/20/17. 1 semester unit of graduate education credit available for an additional $70 fee. 

 

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

 

Attend a workshop at our Garden Classroom training center and:

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

  • 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 educatorsWorkshop Meals Provided by our Healthy Schools Partner Charlie Hong Kongs
  • enjoy a fresh meal from our healthy food partner Charlie Hong Kong
  • take home loads of useful resources

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.  This would also be the way to pay with a Purchase Order.  Please include a copy of the PO with the registration 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 Sandy Lansdale at 831.459.2001 or admin@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 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.