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

Our 30th year of brining learning to life in a garden was celebrated with many special events. Thanks to all who celebrated with us.

Our School Garden Video Contest had 18 entries, see the winner here.

Birthday Essay Series: The Garden: A Master Teacher was written by a Life Lab camp parent – a great accounts of the power of Garden-Based Learning.
Garden-Based Learning Research Briefs are a great collection of research findings that support garden-based learning with introductions written by Life Lab’s Education Director – Whitney Cohen.

30th Birthday Party on May 30th, 2009 was a great affair. See the sights and sounds from our birthday party, including the cake so big it wouldn’t fit out the door, in this video.
The School Garden Open House featured 8 Santa Cruz Area School Gardens. About 130 participants visited Santa Cruz area school gardens during the open house.
The School Garden Sustainability Summit took place on September 10-11, 2009 and included 35 school garden leaders from across the state. The summit focused on Regional Support Models for school gardening programs. A summary of summit discussions and resources will be shared via our website in the months to come. There are plans to have a follow-up summit next fall as part of the SF Green Schoolyard Conference in Fall of 2010.

The blog you are reading now was created to document our 30 years of history. Videos, past press and momentus events have been included. Scroll down to 1978 and see how it all began.

This past year local and national press and blogs have covered our birthday events. Here are a few:

Cornell’s Garden Based Learning
Com-Food
Cal Ag In the Classroom
Good Grub – Garden-Based Learning
Garden ABC’s
Kids Garden News
School Garden Weekly
Ethicurean
Santa Cruz Sentinel

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More from our Sowing the Seeds of Wonder workshop: making Garden journals and gazing out over our edible flowers 🌻 @ Life Lab See MoreSee Less

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More photos from our 2-day Sowing the Seeds of Wonder workshop from this past weekend… Seed exploration, mud pies… #ssow #sowingtheseedsofwonder #lifelab @ Life Lab See MoreSee Less

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We hosted a fabulous Sowing the Seeds of Wonder Early Childhood Education workshop here in our Garden Classroom! We designed our own garden on a cracker, made Garden Creatures out of natural materials and so much more! #ssow #lifelab #lifelabgardenclassroom #gardenclassroom @ Life Lab See MoreSee Less

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We couldn’t do the work we do without partners like FoodCorps!

FoodCorps service members in Pajaro Valley Schools are changing eating habits and connecting kids with nature!

Watch this video and be inspired to make change too. Donate here today: bit.ly/2NzedVA

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Hear from kids and adults in FoodCorps partner schools in California, Georgia, and New York about how FoodCorps service has helped transform their cafeterias and classrooms. See MoreSee Less

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We’re headed into the 3 day weekend with a basket of veggies. What late summer veggies are growing in your garden? See MoreSee Less

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A great message for the renewal of plant life the rewards of sustainability for lives to follow. See MoreSee Less

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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