Life Lab

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

In 2000 construction begins for the latest chapter in Life Lab’s history. In collaboration with the UCSC Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) The Garden Classroom annually serves thousands of preschoolers through adults in garden-based learning and nutrition education. In 2002 the first full year of programming hosts spring and fall field trips, summer day camps, afterschool and weekend community programs and teacher workshops.
Garden Classroom Creation. Double click for album view.

Life Lab Garden Classroom 2004 from Life LabVimeo.
on In 2004 UCSC Undergraduate Intern Yoel Kirschner created this video which documents Life Lab Garden Classroom activities with interviews from interns, educators and students.

Life Lab Garden Classroom Summer Fair 2003Life Lab on Vimeo. News Channel 46 KION covers the 2003 Summer Fair in the Garden Classroom. Sound is a bit funky.

Scheduled Garden Classroom programming began in 2001. From 2001-2009 over 35,000 students have been served in scheduled programming.

During this time over 230 interns have been trained to use the garden and farm to teach environmental science, garden-based nutrition, and effective outdoor education pedagogy.

Annually, approximately 150 educators partake in Garden Classroom Educator Workshops learning topics ranging from garden-based nutrition to inquiry science methods.

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5 days ago

Life Lab

We are only a few days away from our Annual Benefit Brunch😋

It’s not too late to join this complimentary event.Registration closes today😄

The brunch will go on rain or shine, and we have a large indoor space to get cozy and drink tea and coffee in before the brunch starts–please don’t let the rain stop you from coming! ☂️

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6 days ago

Life Lab

Just a friendly reminder Life Lab’s Annual Benefit Brunch is happening THIS Sunday, May 19th.

You don’t want to miss it this year, we have some very special speakers, including Congressperson Jimmy Panetta!. See MoreSee Less

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7 days ago

Life Lab

Great news! We still have a few spots left for the Benefit Brunch next Sunday but hurry before it’s too late.

Come enjoy a fresh, delicious meal lovingly prepared meal by and an inspiring program.

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1 week ago

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Help us grow healthy children and reduce your carbon footprint. 🌿

EVERY time you visit ANY New Leaf Community Market (@NewLeafCMarket) from now until May 27th, find the PAPER BALLOT in the store & VOTE FOR LIFE LAB to be a recipient of the Envirotoken program. 10 cents from every reusable bag can be donated to us.

This support has provided a wonderful boost for us over the years–thanks for your votes! ✅ See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

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We hope to see you at Life Lab’s Annual Benefit Brunch, May 19th.🍽

If you wanted to bring a friend, please make sure to register them.👭

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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