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

A brand new edition of our most popular garden and nutrition activity guide is hot off the presses! The 4th Edition of The Growing Classroom includes new and updated hands-on activities to bring learning to life for elementary school students. There is a new chapter on Healthy Eating, an expanded resource section on Cooking with Kids, over 25 student lab sheets for experiments, and more. The 480 pages of science, math, language arts, and nutrition activities are cross-mapped to Next Generation Science and Common Core Math and English Language Arts Standards, too, to help educators integrate garden-based learning into their core lesson plans.

Here’s what you will find in the 4th Edition:

  • More than 150 field-tested, garden-based activities
  • New content developed over three decades of use with schools across the country
  • Updated information on healthy eating
  • Gardening and Cooking with Kids resource sections
  • Photographs from schools using Life Lab curriculum
  • Suggestions for developing a school garden as a living laboratory

Here’s what people are saying about The Growing Classroom:

“Hands-on learning is the most powerful kind of learning. The act of discovery, especially in a living laboratory like a garden, is the secret to getting our children to learn at a deeper level and to love learning. I salute the innovators who want learning to come alive…literally. (And by the way, kids who grow vegetables invariably love to eat vegetables!) I love this book.”

-Delaine Eastin, Mills College Professor and former California Superintendent of Public Instruction


The Growing Classroom has the power to transform learning. It begins with the student, providing an exciting arena and direction for inquiry. It extends to the educator, creating lessons for learning. It then expands to the entire school community, where these garden activities create awareness of the natural world and the learning adventures that can come alive on any campus, vacant lot, or backyard.”

-Dan Desmond, UCCE Advisor Emeritus, Food & Society Policy Fellow


“After 7 years with Education Outside and 4 years previous to that as a garden Educator myself, I can say definitively that Life Lab has been the most innovative and relevant organization in this field. From providing the best curriculum resources to their cutting edge and exciting professional development opportunities, we have relied on Life Lab as our go to organization for support, ideas, and collaboration.”

-Rachel Pringle, Senior Director of Programs, Education Outside


The Growing Classroom will be an excellent addition to any teacher’s library. School gardens are a superb way to spark wonder and instill an understanding of life systems and the miracle of food and fiber production.”

-A.G. Kawamura, Former California Secretary of Food and Agriculture


Download Seed Ya Later, a new lesson from the 4th Edition of The Growing Classroom 

Purchase a copy of the 4th Edition of The Growing Classroom

Check out the online Life Lab Standards Database

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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.
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Thank you for such a wonderful field trip experience! Your leaders did such a great job at keeping our kids engaged.
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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.
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