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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

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In 2016, you helped us bring 30 leaders from across the nation together for a first-ever Leadership Institute for School Garden Support Organizations.

The results are in on the work they have achieved together. In 2017, these 30 leaders collectively trained 463 teachers who teach over 10,000 students every year. And after their trainings, 98% of those 463 teachers reported an increase in their motivation and confidence to engage students in hands-on, experiential learning in a garden setting.

Do you know what that means?! That means more and more kids getting meaningful experiences like the students above! That’s why, in January of 2018 we’ll be hosting another Leadership Institute, this time for 50 leaders who will be coming in from all across the US, including leaders from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Because every child everywhere deserves the chance to discover a love of learning, healthy food, and nature. We can’t wait to see what these leaders accomplish in the year to come!

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Today is the 174th birthday of Gertrude Jekyll, a British horticulturist, garden designer, artist, and writer. She created over 400 gardens in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States.

"A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust." -Gertrude Jekyll
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A heartfelt thank you to our generous community for all of your support on #GivingTuesday yesterday! We celebrate all of YOU this #ThankYouWednesday--with your partnership, we are growing healthy, inspired children!
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Over the past four years, the amount of mobile screen time has tripled in kids under eight. Our programs get kids outdoors in gardens and farms where they are physically active and learn to love nature!

"We will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught." - Baba Dioum

Will you join us today for #GivingTuesday in providing opportunities for children to love nature?

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The next generation of problem solvers will come from tomorrow's scientists. We partner with five schools in Watsonville to spark the curiosity of over 3,000 students in our school garden and field trip programs. Another 2,500 students engage in hands-on, garden-based learning at our Garden Classroom in Santa Cruz, too.

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." - Albert Einstein

You can influence real change today by supporting Life Lab for #GivingTuesday.

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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