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, after-school and weekend community programs and teacher workshops.

Before and after photos of the Garden Classroom 2001-2005

Garden Classroom 2007

Life Lab Garden Classroom 2002






Life Lab Garden Classroom Summer Fair 2003 from Life Lab on Vimeo.

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


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.

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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Life Lab 40th
Life Lab’s 40th Gala – Sunday, October 13th  Celebrate 40 years of bringing learning to life in gardens. Learn more  
Life Lab's 40th Gala
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
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