Life Lab

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

Helping Teachers Use Gardens As Dynamic Science Classrooms

We hosted 25 teachers for our Next Generation Science in the Garden workshop on March 11th at our Garden Classroom in Santa Cruz. Here is what they had to say about it:

"This workshop was far beyond what I'm doing now. This is what I'm striving for."

"I would recommend this workshop to everyone who teaches and wants to connect kids, gardens and Next Generation Science."

"We did the flower dissection lesson on Monday morning – the kids really enjoyed it." 

~ Watsonville Garden Teacher Sue Foreson, who shared a Life Lab lesson with her students the next school day after the workshop.

Garden-based science is a rich opportunity for young students of all learning styles, and particularly for those that sometimes struggle in traditional indoor classrooms. That's why we mapped our curriculum to the new science standards and train educators on how to use school gardens for lessons aligned to Next Generation Science (and to Common Core math and language arts standards).  

Life Lab trainers have also shared our knowledge, experience and unique resources with hundreds of educators in 12 other garden-based science, nutrition and environmental education workshops already this year – in Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Berkeley, San Francisco, and Visalia, CA, as well as in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. Training teachers helps us impact the lives and learning of more than 200,000 students each year now!

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We are only a few days away from our Annual Benefit Brunch😋

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Just a friendly reminder Life Lab’s Annual Benefit Brunch is happening THIS Sunday, May 19th.

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We hope to see you at Life Lab’s Annual Benefit Brunch, May 19th.🍽

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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