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

Science Inquiry in the Garden

AudienceGraduate Education Credit

K-5 educators

Location and Cost Options

* Life Lab's Garden Classroom on the UC Santa Cruz Campus:  $150/participant.

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

Workshop Description

A school garden provides a rich, living, outdoor context in which students can explore and apply fundamental science skills. Learn to inspire curiosity and enthusiasm in your students as you lead effective inquiry investigations in your schoolyard or garden, based on the current content standards.

Key Workshop Components

Learn …
  •  How to teach and reinforce basic science concepts in a school garden.
  • A science inquiry model that can be adapted for use in almost any context.
Discuss …
  •  The Life Lab approach to learning.
  •  How to make outdoor, inquiry-based education work for different student populations.
Take Home …
  • A copy of The Growing Classroom for your classroom use.
  • Ideas on modifying garden lessons to develop more science concepts through inquiry.
  • Optional: 1 unit of semester credit available per day.

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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.