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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 and newsletter 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

 

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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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.