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

Sowing the Seeds of Wonder

Discovering the Garden in Early Childhood Education


Graduate Education Credit

Sowing Seeds of Wonder Activity GuideThis one-day workshop, located at the amazing Garden Classroom or at your school site, is designed to give you the opportunity to see the garden through the eyes of a young child. Learn to set up a garden space that will encourage children to explore, ask questions, and connect to the natural world around them. Learn activities to engage children’s curiosity and enthusiasm while introducing them to fundamental ideas in environmental science.

 

Audience

Anyone interested or involved in garden-based learning with children ages 3-6.

Location and Cost Options

Life Lab's Garden Classroom on the UC Santa Cruz Campus: $150/$180 per participant – See dates and registration deadlines for upcoming workshops

or

At your school site – See pricing details

Key Workshop Components

Learn
  • View Amy Singing the Pumpkin Vine SongLessons that introduce young children to the properties of soil, seeds, plants, and animals.
  • Songs and books that connect to garden lessons. Hear some of our songs.
  • Gardening design elements and techniques that are specifically effective for young children.
Take home …

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Participant Comments

Great hands-on activities; great balance of listening and doing; delicious foods; amazing garden space; a wealth of written resources!

I got inspiration and reinforcement of our garden and nature activities, and new ideas to expand the garden environment. The program was more than I expected.

I valued the integrity of the program and its long history.

A wonderful day, and I will use what I learned in my class for years to come.

I valued the great ideas from presenters and the interaction with experienced early childhood education teachers.

I spent a lovely day in a lovely garden and met lovely people. I loved it all. Thanks!

 

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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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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.

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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.

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Thank you for such a wonderful field trip experience! Your leaders did such a great job at keeping our kids engaged.

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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.