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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.



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


At your school site – See pricing details

Key Workshop Components

  • 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.
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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

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Thanks to the 35 educators who joined us for two great days in Santa Cruz visiting some of the best Life Lab school gardens in the nation (Bonny Doon, Westlake, Gault and Pacific School); eating at Pacifc School's FoodLab -the best school meal program in the world; and a Plant it, Grow it, Eat it Workshop. Happy #f2smonth, keep cultivating children's love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education! ... See MoreSee Less

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Hope to see you all out on Saturday for this year's Hard Core Cider Tour! A portion of proceeds from this fun event will benefit Life Lab. ... See MoreSee Less

Hard Core Cider Tour - Santa Cruz

October 8, 2016, 1:00pm - October 8, 2016, 6:00pm

San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz

The Hard Core Cider Tour returns to Santa Cruz, CA for its 2nd year! Imbibe UNLIMITED 2 oz. samples from some of the World's Top Craft Hard Cider Makers, savor mouth watering food from Local Food Trucks (food sold separately), groove to Live Music, and let your inner kid out with our Jumbo Lawn Games! This year, we are raising funds for Life Lab. Our mission is to celebrate the revival of craft hard cider making. As one of America’s long lost alcoholic beverages, we strive to reintroduce the joy of imbibing hard cider to all! CIDERS: 101 Cider House, Schilling Cider, Aspall, Santa Cruz Cider Company, Finnriver, The San Francisco Mead Company, South City Ciderworks, Surf City Cider, Rambling Route Cider, Tieton Cider Works, Two Rivers Cider Company, William's Orchards, Everett Family Farm, Ratel Cider, Humboldt Cider Company, WILDCIDE Hard Cider, Far West Cider Co, Red Branch Cider Company, E.Z. Orchards Farm Market, Indigeny Reserve MUSIC LINEUP: Olde Blue FOOD TRUCKS: The Choke Coach and Ate3one SPONSORS: Good Times Santa Cruz, UpOut SF, Santa Cruz Waves TICKETS: * General Admission: ~$40 Online / $50 At The Door * General Admission - Group Rate (4+ Tickets): ~ $30 Online / $40 At The Door * Designated Driver: ~ $10 (Available for purchase At The Door Only) TICKET ADMISSION INCLUDES: * UNLIMITED 2 oz. Tastings * Signature Keepsake Mason Jar * Unlimited Selfies & Goodtimes … #hardcorecidertour This is strictly at 21 and Over event. * * * * * Remember to Please Imbibe Responsibly * * * * *

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We walked around and took photos of some of the other awesome sustainability orgs who were under the Sustainability Tent with us at OPERS Fest this year.

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Another great workshop with San Mateo County Educators. Thanks Heal Project sharing the power of garden-based learning. ... See MoreSee Less

Great training this weekend at the San Mateo County School Farm hosted by Life Lab! Always inspiring to connect with folks dedicated to farm and garden based education

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Delicious! Taste testing at Common Threads Farm as part of a Growing Classroom Workshop in Bellingham, WA. Not many better places in the nation to be for apple tasting! Bringing (tasty) learning to life in the garden..... ... See MoreSee Less

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Rachel Pringle

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.