Life Lab

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

Learning Doesn't Stop at 3pm…

When school let out on Tuesdays this fall, 60 students came to our Blooming Classroom educational garden in Watsonville to connect with nature, science, healthy food and each other in academically enriched after-school programs. The children learned about and ate the six plant parts (*can you name them?), harvested popcorn – as seen in this month's photo – and explored garden habitats together. Students from H.A. Hyde, Amesti and Calabasas Elementary Schools all visited the garden multiple times for hands-on learning and inspiration. They are excited to do even more in their own school gardens now, and we're helping their teachers with that, too.

Soil, Soil,
You help us grow seeds,
and the seeds help us,
give us air, and you are soft and dirty
and odorless and brown,
and cool likes rocks and diamonds.

~ Soil song written by elementary students Luis, Christian, and José at the Blooming Classroom, 2015

* The six plant parts are Roots, Stems, Leaves, Flowers, Fruits and Seeds (see how we teach about them)

 

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2 days ago

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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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2 weeks ago

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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