Life Lab

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

Outdoor Classroom and Garden Program Management

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Audience

K-6 educators interested in enhancing their garden program.

Location and Cost

Life Lab's Garden Classroom on the UC Santa Cruz Campus: $150/$180 per participant – 

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or

At your school site – See pricing details

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Workshop Description

Managing a large group of kids in an outdoor classroom can feel like trying to hold 30 ping pong balls underwater at once. How can we do it?! Participants in this workshop will explore tried-and-true tips for establishing and maintaining a positive, engaging culture of learning and fun in a garden setting. Together we will experience and discuss setting the tone for effective learning; garden class routines; station rotations; and specific techniques to maximize student engagement and participation. We will also discuss year-round garden activity planning that supports academic and garden care goals. Graduate education unit available.

 

Key Workshop Components

Learn …
  • Ways to take your garden-education program to the next level
  • Tried and true strategies for managing varied sized groups in your garden
Discuss …
  • Best practices with other outdoor educators

 

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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.

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.

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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.