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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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.
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