Life Lab

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

Where We’ve Been

In addition to the onsite workshops that we teach each year in our Garden Classroom, we are busy connecting with folks around the country and world.

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2017 Offsite Workshops and Consulting

  • Berkeley, California
  • Concord, California
  • Petaluma, California
  • Los Gatos, California (Consultation)
  • San Diego, California (Consultation)
  • Pasedena, California
  • Lake Wales, Florida
  • Quincy, California
  • Fairfield, California
  • Sprekles, California
  • Watsonville, California
  • Cobb, California
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Crescent City, California
  • National FoodCorps Orientaion, Portland, Oregon
  • Education Outside Two-Day Boot Camp, San Francisco, California
  • Hosted Keisen Univeristy (From Tokyo) 5 Day Learning Institute at Garden Classroom

2017 Conference Presentations and Talks

  • FoodCorps Region Mid-Year Gatherings – Philadelphia, PA; Tucson, AZ; Raleigh, NC
  • International Master Gardeners Conference, Portland, Oregon
  • American Horticulture Society Youth Gardening Symposium, Vancouver, Washington
  • Slow Food Nation, Denver, Colorado
  • A Garden in Every School Symposium – Opening Plenary and Workshop, Sacramento, California

 

2016 Offsite Workshops

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Berkeley, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • Visalia, California
  • Salinas, California
  • Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • National FoodCorps Orientaion, Portland, Oregon
  • Education Outside Two-Day Boot Camp, Life Lab Garden Classroom
  • School Garden Support Organization 5 Day Leadership Institute, Scotts Valley, California

2016 Conference Presentations and Talks

  • FoodCorps Western Region Mid-Year Gathering – Watsonville, California
  • Keynote Green Our Planet School Garden Educators Conference – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Georgia Organics Conference – Atlanta, Georgia

 

2015 Offsite Workshops

  • Tampa, Florida
  • Stockton, California
  • Petaluma, California
  • Davis, California
  • Ventura, California
  • Farifield, California
  • San Gregorio, California
  • Pleasant Hill, California
  • National FoodCorps Orientaion, Portland, Oregon
  • Half Moon Bay, California
  • Bellingham, Washington
  • Washington D.C.
  • Tucson, Arizona
  • Education Outside Two-Day Boot Camp, Life Lab Garden Classroom
  • Keisen University Five-Day Institute, Life Lab Garden Classroom
  • California FoodCorps Service Member Orientation, Life Lab Garden Classroom

2015 Conference Presentations and Talks

  • SHINE Forum for Early Childhood Eduation, Long Beach, California
  • SHINE Forum for Early Childhood Eduation, San Digeo, California
  • California Farm to School Conference, Asilomar, California
  • Sacramento School Garden Conference, Sacramento, California
  • National Food Safety Management Institute – USDA Farm to School, San Diego, California
  • Keynote and Workshops – National Youth Gardening Symposium, Austin, Texas
  • FoodCorps Western Region Mid-Year Gathering, Santa Cruz, California

 

2014 Offsite Workshops

  • Manteca, California
  • Nowata, Oklahoma
  • Ashland, Missouri
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Springdale, Arkansas
  • Fayetville, Arkansas
  • Roseville, California
  • Oakland, California
  • Half Moon Bay, California
  • Alameda, California
  • Brooklyn, New York
  • National FoodCorps Training, Portland, Oregon
  • DC Greens, Washington, D.C.
  • Half Moon Bay, California
  • Blythe, California

2014 Conference Presentations and Talks

  • Eco-Farm Conference, Asilomar, California
  • Keynote Presentation Schoolyard Gardens Conference, Chaska, Minnesota
  • Early Childhood Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (ECSTEM) Conference, Costa Mesa, California
  • Monterey Bay Science and Math Project's Common Core and Next Generation Conference, Santa Cruz, California
  • California Agriculture in the Classroom Annual Conference, Scotts Valley, California
  • National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, Austin, Texas
  • National Science Teachers Association, Long Beach, California

 

2013 Offsite Workshops

  • DC Greens, Washington, D.C.
  • Edina, Minnesota
  • Salinas, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education, Santa Rosa, California
  • National FoodCorps Training, Portland, Oregon
  • South Boone Learning Garden,  Ashland, Missouri
  • Cherokee Nation, Healthy Nation, Pryor, Oklahoma
  • Education Outside Green Corps, San Francisco, California

2013 Conference Presentations and Talks

  • Portland Garden Club, Portland, Oregon
  • SHINE Forum for Early Childhood Eduation, Los Angeles, California
  • Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, UCSC, CA
  • New Teacher Center, Santa Cruz, California
  • California Subject Matter Project Conference, Cal State University Monterey Bay
  • California Science Teachers Association Annual Conference, Palm Springs, California
  • Bioneers, Marin, California

 

2012 Offsite Workshops

  • Forest Hill Elementary School, San Jose, California
  • Alisal School District, Salinas, California
  • Stone Barns, Tarrytown, New York
  • Vida Verde Environmental Education, Half Moon Bay, California
  • Buena Vista Edible School Yard, Bakersfield, California
  • The Hawaii School Garden Network, Waimea, Hawaii
  • Project EAT, Hayward, California
  • Google Childcare Center, Mountain View, California
  • DC Greens, Washington, D.C.
  • Spring Creek Recreational Fund in Starrett City Housing Development, Brooklyn, New York

2012 Conference Presentations and Talks

  • SHINE Forum for Early Childhood Eduation, Los Angeles, California
  • Nutrition and Fitness Collaborative of the Central Coast, Monterey, CA
  • Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, UCSC, CA
  • Why Hunger Award Dinner, New York, NY
  • American Community Gardening Association National Conference, San Francisco, CA
  • National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, Burlington, VT
  • BookShop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Annie's Annuals, Richmond, CA
  • Nordic New Food Conference, Norway
  • Copenhagen University, Denmark
  • Cabrillo College Early Childhood Education, Aptos, California
  • DC Healthy Schools Act Panel, Washington, DC

 

2011 Offsite Workshops

  • Merced, California
  • Santa Clara, California
  • San Rafael, California
  • Salinas, California
  • Cupertino, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • Hayward, California
  • El Dorado Hills, California
  • Springfield, Missouri
  • Stone Barns, Tarrytown, New York
  • Fayetville, North Carolina – See Teacher Blog day one, day two
  • Tahlequah, Oklahoma – See Life Lab Trainer Michelle Whizin talk about workshop in the Cherokee Phoenix Video.

2011 Conference Presentations and Talks

  • Bay Area Environmental Education, San Jose, CA
  • Ecological Farming Association, Asilomar, CA
  • Rooted in Community, Philadelphia, PA
  • Cabrillo College Early Childhood Education Conference, Aptos, CA
  • Community Food Security Conference, Oakland, CA
  • Bioneers, Marin, CA

 

2010 Offsite Workshops

  • Jonesboro, Arkansas – See article in Edible Memphis
  • Watsonville, California
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Ukiah, California
  • Salinas, California
  • San Juan Bautista, California
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Hayward, California
  • Miami, Florida

2010 Conference Presentations and Talks

  • Ecological Farming Association, Asilomar, CA
  • Cabrillo Early Childhood Education, Aptos, CA
  • American Horticultural Assocaition's Youth Garden Symposium, Pasadena, CA
  • Bioneers, Marin, CA
  • Rooted in Community, Durham, NC
  • Monterey Bay Area Healthy Habits for Life Symposium, Salinas, CA

 

2009 Offsite Workshops

  • Pacific Palisades, California
  • Grand Prairie, Texas

2009 Conference Presentations and Talks

  • Green Tech Teacher Summit, Sacramento, CA
  • Project Eat, Hayward, CA
  • CA Ag in the Classroom, Sacramento, CA
  • Farm Based Education Association, Tarrytown, NY
  • Green Schools Summit, Pasadena, CA
  • Bioneers, Marin, CA
  • Rooted in Community, Lewiston, ME
  • Ecological Farming Association, Asilomar, CA


 

Consultations and Professional Mentoring

We have consulted with schools and organizations from the Google Childcare Centers in Silicon Valley, CA, to the Health, Wellness and Environmental Studies Magnet School in Jonesboro, Arkansas. We've also hosted customized institutes for international visitors from Mexico and Central America, Denmark, Ukraine, Japan, Brazil, Sweden and India.

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Have you heard?! Life Lab is one of New Leaf Community Markets' recipients of their EnviroToken program for their Westside Santa Cruz store! So get your shopping on, bring your reusable bags, and donate 10¢ to Life Lab with every bag you use! Thank you, New Leaf!
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We are so grateful to be starting 2018 with such strong support! Because of so many generous gifts from our supporters like you, we surpassed our 2017 fundraising goal of $124,000, with all campaign donations totaling $125,835.

These funds will help make Life Lab field trip and summer camp programs possible for children from families and schools that could otherwise not afford them. We believe that ALL children deserve the chance to love learning, healthy food, and nature. Thanks to your support, this year we will serve even more children in Santa Cruz County and across the nation.

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Happy almost 2018, Life Lab fans! We are only $809 dollars away from reaching our $124,000 year-end fundraising goal! Before you ring in the new year, will you help us ensure a promising 2018? 100% of the funds necessary to do this important work come from grants and from individuals like you. Will you join us in ensuring that we can continue to deepen and expand our reach, so that even more children can experience the joy of loving learning, healthy food, and nature? Your tax-deductible gift made by midnight tonight will go directly to supporting our programs.
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With women and people of color still underrepresented in scientific fields, "I'm a scientist!" is a powerful statement coming from a 2nd grade girl in Watsonville. It came during a field trip to our Blooming Classroom field trip program. Young students look at flowers on living plants in the garden, see pollinators interacting with them, and pick a flower to dissect and explore its parts. Then they draw the flower and label all the parts they learned about in a lesson with our garden educators. This hands-on, garden-based science in action, and the feeling it gives students is exciting!

These ah-ha moments happen all the time at Life Lab, inspiring children's love of learning, healthy food, and nature. 100% of the funds needed to create these life-changing experiences come from grants and from individuals like you. Will you join us in ensuring that thousands of children each year can experience the joy of hands-on garden-based learning? Your tax-deductible gift will go directly to supporting our programs.

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We all know that hands-on experiences are critical to learning. No one would dream of teaching technology without computers: in fact, in many schools today they are mandating 30 minutes of screen time per student, per day. Why on earth with this understanding are we trying to teach earth and life science without giving them exposure to earth and life? School gardens are spaces--outdoor classrooms--where students can learn science and apply math and language arts, in a context that feels relevant to them. And what might happen if we elevated the status of hands-on, experiential, outdoor learning? What might happen if schools started mandating 30 minutes of dirt time per student per day? This would be time where they could apply what they're learning in the classroom outdoors to the world around them and develop a connection to it. Well that’s what we’re here to find out!
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"This field trip was a fun experience that taught me how to eat healthy food in a fun way." -6th grader on a Feeling Fine with Fresh Foods Field Trip
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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.
Rachel PringleSenior Director of ProgramsEducation Outside
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.
Erica CurryTraining and Professional Development ManagerFoodCorps
Thank you for such a wonderful field trip experience! Your leaders did such a great job at keeping our kids engaged.
Sheila BrickenKindergarten TeacherSan Lorenzo Valley Elementary
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.
Tara NeierCamp ParentSummer camp mom