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

Next Generation Science in the Garden Workshop

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Let's head outside and put earth and life back into Earth and Life Science! Using activities from Life Lab's award-winning curricula, participants in this workshop learn to use a garden as a meaningful context in which their students can engage in Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices to examine Disciplinary Core Ideas and Cross-Cutting Concepts in science. Where better to explore ecological interdependence, growth and development of organisms, structure and function, adaptation, and the environmental impact of human activity than in an outdoor garden classroom? 2 units of graduate education credit available.

Audience

Graduate Education CreditAnyone interested in teaching K-5 science in a garden.

 

Location and Cost Options

Life Lab's Garden Classroom on the UC Santa Cruz Campus 2 days: $300/$360 per participant or 1 day: $150/$180 per participant – See dates and registration deadlines for upcoming workshops

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At your school site – See pricing details

 

Key Workshop Components

Learn…
  • How to lead highly contextualized, engaging, hands-on science lessons outdoors
  • How to link garden activities to Next Generation Science Standards
  • How to use garden-based science lessons to reinforce Common Core Math and English Language Arts 
Take home …
  • An activity packet full of garden-based, elementary science lessons cross-mapped to Next Generation Science, and Common Core Math and ELA Standards
  • Inspiration to use the garden as context for exploring earth and life science
  • Strategies for success from Life Lab and other educators engaged in this exciting work
  • Optional: 2 units of education credit from the University of the Pacific ($60/unit)

Participant Comments

"I am a scientist and have a Ph.D in molecular/microbiology, but I am a mom first. When I came to my son's 2nd grade class and found that the 'science' kids were doing consisted of making dinosaur dioramas, I knew the school needed to do more. I wanted elementary school students to be exposed to true, hands-on science. I chose Life Lab to fill the void because the science was sound. The Life Lab program provides true experiments for students and inspires in them a love of science."

– Volunteer Garden Coordinator near San Diego, CA

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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) 459-5395 or email Education Director Whitney Cohen 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.

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.