Life Lab

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

Educator Workshops at Your Site

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Life Lab has trained tens of thousands of educators nationwide!

Graduate Education Credit

Bring Life Lab to your region to train educators to bring learning to life in the garden!

Why Life Lab?

You'll receive

  • Hands-on Training for up to 25 participants from one of our garden educators
  • One copy of a Life Lab book (additional curriculum sold separately)
  • A 10% discount on any additional curriculum you choose to order
  • Graduate education units – available for an additional cost

Workshop Cost

$2,100 for one day and $3,600 for two days, plus travel expenses* for 1 trainer.

*Travel expenses include $50/hour for time-in-transit, plus transportation, lodging, and other expenses. 

Individualized quotes for multi-day workshops are also available.

Request a Workshop Quote

If you would like to discuss bringing a Life Lab workshop to your area, request a detailed price quote, or talk about writing a Life Lab Workshop into a grant proposal, contact Whitney Cohen at (831) 459-5395 or education@lifelab.org

What People are Saying

"We loved our training day with you. I have heard nothing but positive feedback. Our principal claimed it to be a "Smashing success!" …It was a pleasure to work with you from beginning to end … You really packed a massive amount of information and inspiration into our day. Thank you for our great experience." – JoAnn, Teacher, San Jose, CA

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Educator Workshops We Offer

The Growing Classroom: A Garden-Based Learning Intensive (Grades 2-6)

Next Generation Science in the Garden (Grades K-5)

Common Core in the Garden (Grades K-6)

Plant It, Grow It, Eat It: Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education (Grades K-8)

Sowing the Seeds of Wonder: Discovering the Garden in Early Childhood Education (PreK-K)

Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden

Supporting English Language Learning in the Garden

Digging Deeper Into School Gardens (Grades K-8)

The following workshop offerings can be customized to fit the specific interests of your audience. We also offer workshops at our Garden Classroom training site located on the UC Santa Cruz Farm. View upcoming workshops scheduled at the Garden Classroom.

 

The Growing Classroom: A Garden-Based Learning Intensive (Grades 2-6)

Learn to use a garden to breathe life into standards-based lessons, promote ecological literacy, encourage healthy eating, and support students' social development. Using Life Lab’s Growing Classroom activity guide for grades 2-6, participants in this hands-on workshop experience tried-and-true garden-based lessons linked to Common Core Language Arts and Math and Next Generation Science Standards; practice basic gardening techniques; and develop management strategies for a school garden program. Graduate education units available. Click here for more details and agenda for this workshop.

 

Next Generation Science in the Garden (Grades K-5)

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. 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? Graduate education units available. Click here for more details on this workshop.

 

Common Core in the Garden (Grades K-6)

Learn to use a school garden to provide a meaningful context in which students can apply their emerging skills in math and English language arts. Using lessons from The Growing Classroom activity guide, participants in this workshop will experience and discuss garden activities that support learning in math and language arts. Whether they are graphing the temperature of their compost pile over time; reading a recipe to make fresh salsa; writing a story from the perspective of an ant; or presenting to a buddy class on the animals that visited their sunflower patch, the opportunities for children to practice traditional academic subjects in the garden are limitless! Click here for more details on this workshop.

 

Plant It, Grow It, Eat It: Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education (Grades K-8)

Make the connection from seed to table in this fun and delicious workshop. Using tried-and-true Life Lab lessons and recipes for grades K-8, participants explore effective ways to teach nutrition  and encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables through gardening, harvesting and meal preparation. Graduate education units available. Click here for more details and agendas for this workshop.

 

Sowing the Seeds of Wonder: Discovering the Garden in Early Childhood Education (PreK-K)

Spend a day looking at the garden through the eyes of a young child. Using Life Lab's Sowing the Seeds of Wonder activity guide for preschool and kindergarten, participants in this workshop sample activities designed to encourage young children to learn about the world using their senses; practice basic gardening skills with a focus on gardening with young children; discuss safe and age-appropriate garden design; and learn garden art projects and songs for preschoolers. Graduate education units available. Click here for more details about this workshop.

 

Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden

Learn the basic skills you'll need to design, develop, enhance, and maintain a school garden. Using Gardens for Learning, participants in this workshop learn about garden design, soil preparation, planting, watering, and pest management as well as building a support network, linking to academic content standards, and program planning. Schools may opt to add a second workshop day to apply these skills directly at their site. Graduate education units available. Click here for more details about this workshop.

 

Supporting English Language Learning in the Garden

Discover the opportunities for meaningful writing, reading, listening and speaking that abound in a school garden! Participants in this workshop engage in scaffolded lessons and examine the specific strategies that make content accessible to students with varying levels of fluency in English. They then practice facilitating garden-based lessons with structured participation strategies to ensure that every student is involved. Graduate education units available.

 

Digging Deeper Into School Gardens (Grades K-8)

Create a customized workshop specifically designed for experienced garden educators and/or past Life Lab workshop participants who are ready take their educational garden to the next level. Possible workshop topics include:

  • Favorite garden-based lessons for each season
  • Supporting English language learning in the garden
  • Facilitating student-led inquiry investigations in the garden
  • Growing leaders in the garden
  • Sharing best practices
  • Fundraising

The content for these workshops is unique from that of our introductory workshops, making Digging Deeper an ideal follow-up experience. Graduate education units available.

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Thanks to the Whole Kids Foundation for the generous grant and to Big Creek Lumber for your donation to the Amesti Eagles' Garden. With the generous support of Life Lab and other community supporters, our students are receiving the gift of hands-on Next Generation Science Standards and learning about healthy eating in a beautiful outdoor classroom!

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Do you ever wonder what is living just below the surface of the San Lorenzo River? Join the Coastal Watershed Council and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for tomorrow's Exploring the San Lorenzo River tour and find out!

We will be meeting at 8:30 on the Santa Cruz Riverwalk next to Mike Fox park and will be seining for fish and collecting benthic macroinvertebrates aka bugs! We will learn about the organisms that live in the San Lorenzo River and their food webs. This tour is open to all ages. You can sign up online or by emailing CWC River Scientist Alev Bilginsoy at abilginsoy@coastal-watershed.org. Learn more at coastal-watershed.org/what-we-do/exploring-san-lorenzo-river-series/.
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At a @soilbornfarms school garden conference, in a workshop on trees reminded me of this incredible Radiolab Podcast podcast. Listen to this one. ... See MoreSee Less

Forests feel like a place of great stillness but dig deeper and there’s a hidden world beneath your feet as busy and complicated as a city. 

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LIFE LAB on MAUI! so AnB stopped sugar production on Maui this year, there is tons of land available to lease and they are now taking offers. If farmers or farm educators won't get to it, it will turn into development, there are not enough offers from farmers and we need more, so please pass this on to those that are interested. To speak to An B need to look them up and make an offer. They are taking offers now! ... See MoreSee Less

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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.