Life Lab

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!

2018 Workshop Dates (details will be posted soon!)

  • 3/17/18 – Sowing the Seeds of Wonder
  • 4/20/18 – Introduction to Next Generation Science in the Garden
  • 4/21/18 – Developing Your NGSS Lessons
  • 5/4/18 – Common Core in the Garden
  • 6/21-22/18 – The Growing Classroom
  • 7/26-27/18 – Outdoor Classroom Management
  • 9/15/18 – Sowing the Seeds of Wonder
  • 9/21/18 – Introduction to Next Generation Science in the Garden
  • 9/22/18 – Developing Your NGSS Lessons

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

Cancellation Policy

  • We understand that plans can change.  Should you wish to cancel your registration, please submit, in writing, your cancellation to admin@lifelab.org.  Your registration fee will be refunded, less a $50 administrative fee.  Regretfully, we will not be able to refund any fees if cancellation is within 2 weeks of the workshop date.

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

  • 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!

  • 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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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.
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