Life Lab

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


Join us in celebrating 40 years of bringing learning to life in gardens across Santa Cruz County and the nation! We will gather for a series of events in the Fall of 2019, reflecting on the past 40 years of bringing learning to life in educational gardens, and looking forward to what’s next.

Family 40th Birthday Party

September 29th, 2019

We will celebrate in conjunction with the CASFS Harvest Festival at the UCSC Farm. Life Lab will host family oriented activities and a cake cutting. Come blow out the candles with us! Details TBA

Open School Gardens

October 12th, 2019

We invite our community, current and past, to join us at a participating school garden(s) of their choice for work day and garden tour opportunities. Get your hands in the dirt and connect with these incredible teaching spaces! Details and sign ups TBA.

40th Gala Dinner

October 13th, 2019

Keynote speakers, celebration and honoring of Life Lab’s founding pioneers. We hope you can join us for this special event! Contact us about sponsorship opportunities for this event (, 831-459-3833). Details and ticket sales coming soon!

To RSVP to our free events and purchase a ticket for our 40th Gala Dinner, click the link below.


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Students Served

In 2017, our team works directly with over 2,500 students and their teachers in 5 high need Watsonville elementary schools each year to create, use and sustain their school gardens and programs

Field Trip Visitors

3,000 children annually enjoy inspiring, hands-on learning experiences in field trip, after-school, and day camp programs in our Garden Classroom and Blooming Classroom.

Educators Trained

Life Lab trains and equips 1,000 educators working with over 500,000 students in 26 states each year and leads a national institute to share models and practices among school garden leaders.

Throughout the years…

40 Years

In the press

Click the icon to explore Life Lab's news articles, awards and honorable mentions.

From the archive

Take a trip down memory lane and explore all the mile stones in Life Lab's history.

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4 days ago

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

It’s not too late to join this complimentary event.Registration closes today😄

The brunch will go on rain or shine, and we have a large indoor space to get cozy and drink tea and coffee in before the brunch starts–please don’t let the rain stop you from coming! ☂️

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5 days ago

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

You don’t want to miss it this year, we have some very special speakers, including Congressperson Jimmy Panetta!. See MoreSee Less

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6 days ago

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Great news! We still have a few spots left for the Benefit Brunch next Sunday but hurry before it’s too late.

Come enjoy a fresh, delicious meal lovingly prepared meal by and an inspiring program.

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Help us grow healthy children and reduce your carbon footprint. 🌿

EVERY time you visit ANY New Leaf Community Market (@NewLeafCMarket) from now until May 27th, find the PAPER BALLOT in the store & VOTE FOR LIFE LAB to be a recipient of the Envirotoken program. 10 cents from every reusable bag can be donated to us.

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2 weeks ago

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

If you wanted to bring a friend, please make sure to register them.👭

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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