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

Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden

Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden: The Fundamentals of Designing, Creating, Enhancing and Maintaining Educational Gardens

Note: From 2012-2014 Life Lab has secured funding from the California Department of Food and Agriculture to provide the CSYSG training for free across California. Learn more.

AudienceGraduate Education Credit

School garden teams of 2 or more people interested in starting or enhancing an educational garden

Location and Cost Options

* Life Lab's Garden Classroom on the UC Santa Cruz Campus:  $150/participant View all scheduled upcoming Garden Classroom workshops

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* Your school site:  $1,800/day plus travel expenses and $50/hour for travel time for 1 trainer.  25 participant maximum.

Workshop Description

Learn the basic  skills you'll need to design, develop, enhance, and maintain a school garden. Using Gardens for Learning, participants in this workshop learn about garden design, soil preparation, planting, watering, and pest management as well as building a support network, linking to academic content standards, and program planning. Schools may opt to add a second workshop day to apply these skills directly at their site. Click here for more details about this workshop.

Participants will take home

* California School Garden Network 's Creating Gardens for Learning.

* A detailed action plan for creating or enhancing their garden.

* A list of educational garden elements from the Life Lab Garden Classroom.

* A booklet of relevant handouts, all of which can be downloaded at the California School Garden Network website.

* Optional: 1 unit of Graduate Education Credit

 

All workshops require advanced registration and deposit. To set up a workshop for your school site, please call Life Lab at (831) 459-3833 or email us at education@lifelab.org

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