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

School Garden Resources

Garden Education

Curriculum & Online Lessons
Academic Content Standards in Garden-Based Learning
Educator Workshops, Consulting and Networking
Webinars Presented by Life Lab
Outdoor Classroom Management Tips
Life Lab's YouTube Video Channel – over 100 videos demonstrating garden instruction, activity and Life Lab history.
The Value of Garden-Based Learning

Creating and Sustaining School Gardens

Starting a School Garden
Gardening How To's
Garden Management
Life Lab's Photo Gallery of School Garden Elements
Funding Your Garden Program
Regional Support Models for sustaining school gardens
Life Lab's Sustaining School Gardens Articles

Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education

Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education Resources (GENE) – an extensive list of resources used in our Plant It, Grow It, Eat It and California School Garden Training Program. Link to resources at CSGN.org created by Life Lab our CA Garden Training Partners.
Garden to Cafeteria – Sample policy and resources to support eating your school garden harvest

Spanish Language Resources

Garden-Based Learning Resources in Spanish

 

 

Curriculum & Online Lessons

Created by Life Lab
Other great sites to find lessons
  • California School Garden Network Online Lesson Database  Free resources for PreK-6th Grades and resources for Middle and High School Level.- a list, maintained by Life Lab, of hundreds of lessons from other garden-based education organizations (Have a site to add? send it on
  • Kidsgardening.org – a great site with free lessons, activities, and more, check out their diverse collection of printed publications.
  • The Edible Schoolyard Research and Tool Search Function has user submitted lessons
Garden-Based Learning Literature Lists
School Garden Workshops, Consulting, and Networking

Life Lab Educator Workshops page lists all the workshops we provide
Life Lab offers consulting for your school garden team at your site or at our Garden Classroom
The California Farm to School and School Garden Event Calendar – view workshops across California
edWeb.net Growing School Gardens Community (co-hosted by Life Lab) – view school garden webinars and join the online forum
National Network of School Garden Support Organizations – join an online forum of school garden support organizations.

 

Starting a School Garden

Life Lab's Resources
Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden Resources

A nice site with a some good ideas of theme gardens and much more. Greenheart Education

 

Gardening How To's

Developed by Life Lab and partners, The Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden pages are the place to find school garden skills support resources. Find extensive resources on the following

  • Planning Your School Garden Program
  • Designing Your School Garden
  • Choosing Plants and Planting Times
  • Soils and Bed Prep
  • Seeding and Transplanting
  • Keep It Growing Water, Weeds and Pest Control

…and more

 

Garden Management Tips

Sustaining Your School Garden– Article from The Garden Times, Spring 2002

Summer Vacation for Your Garden– Article from the Garden Times, Spring 2003

Running Effective Garden Workdays

Check our blog posts on Garden Tips and Resource

 

Funding Your Garden Program

View our article on Funding Garden Coordinators.

Head over to the California School Garden Network to view their Funding School Gardens page for grant searching resources and more grant lists and much more.

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What happens when Whole Kids Foundation partners with you to bring 50+ leaders from School Garden Support Organizations from across the country together to get to talk shop, inspire each other, problem-solve around shared challenges, and eat amazing food prepared and served by happy 5th graders? MAGIC. That's what happens. #sgso2018 ... See MoreSee Less

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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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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