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

Life Lab's Education Director Whitney Cohen in the Community SpotlightThe GoodTimes recognized the work of Life Lab's Education Director Whitney Cohen.

The Community Spotlight:

"Like so many adults, I assumed for many years that kids didn't like vegetables," recalls Whitney Cohen. "As it turns out, this myth is just dead wrong." As the Education Director for local nonprofit, Life Lab, since 2007, Cohen has been using knowledge of the universal love of fresh produce as a teaching tool for local, national, and overseas educators. It is no wonder Life Lab is the national leader in farm/garden based education with its various programs that "[teach] people to care for themselves, each other, and the world," as their website so cheerfully states.

Garden Classroom and off-site workshops, camps, field trips, and youth programs are all used to promote experiential learning for all ages. It is Cohen's job to share the work done on the ground with young students at the Santa Cruz garden site with educators who would like to incorporate garden-based learning in their teaching. "I teach them to lead science and nutrition lessons, to build compost, and to sing songs about the six plant parts," describes Cohen, "all with a focus on how to make this work with kids"

In her time working with Life Lab, Cohen has written the highly acclaimed Kids's Garden Cards with a number of interactive activities and games to encourage children to engage with their outside environments. Cohen has co-authored Life Lab's newest publication, "The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids." It is scheduled to hit shelves in May. "Day after day, I see young people of all ages, from all socioeconomic background, harvest, wash, prepare and eat fresh vegetables from our Garden Classroom," Cohen proudly notes. "Without fail, they are delighted by the taste of this food they have had a hand in harvesting and preparing."

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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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Those fall colors popping up around the garden. #gardeneducation #lifelab @ 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!

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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