Life Lab

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

The Value of Garden-Based Learning

Many people ask us for research that validates the work we do. Find a great collection of summary documents and peer reviewed article databases below:

Summary Documents

The Impact of Garden-Based Learning on Student Health and Nutrition Two page collection of research briefs

Life Lab Essay, The Garden, A Master Teacher  An excellent essay on the many benefits of garden-based learning.

Benefits of Gardening for Children  Two page summary and research briefs from the University of Colorado

The Benefits of Farm to School A four page handout from the National Farm to School Network that does a great job outlining who benefits from farm to school programming.

Why School Gardens? From Slow Food USA's Nation School Garden Program A great collection of research supported documents and slide presentations for downloading

Student Learning Outcomes of Garden-Based Education: A Literature Review by Melanie Stewart Masters of Environmental Education Candidate University of Minnesota – Duluth May, 2014

What is the Relationship of Student Health to Academic Achievement? A nice graphic handout and references

Health and Academic Achievement 12 page download from the CDC sharing how health and wellness lead to academic achievement.

Oregon Department of Health 50 Slide Power Point Academic Achievement & Health: When and Where to Intervene?

Why School Gardens Presentation from the California School Garden Training Program. Shares the value of school gardens and how they are used in California.

 

Research Article Databases

California School Garden Network's Research Article Database

More benefits of Garden-Based Learning are documented on Cornell's Garden-Based Learning site. Additionally they list resources for evaluating garden-based learning work.

National Farm to School Resource Database search peer reviewed articles 

Farm to School: A Selected and Annotated Bibliography from USDA's National Ag Library

 

Hear Life Lab's Education Director Whitney Cohen sharing the value of Garden-Based Learning