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

Life Lab 40th


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 the next 40 years.

40th Gala Dinner

Hotel Paradox, Santa Cruz

Sunday, October 13th

Reception: 4:00pm | Dinner: 5:00pm

Tickets: $135 

Join Life Lab for an unforgettable evening of celebration while we honor our founding pioneers, reflect on 40 years of being a local and national leader in bringing learning to life in gardens, and look forward to what’s possible together over the next 40 years. The night will begin with hors d’ouvers and drinks in Hotel Paradox’s poolside patio, followed by an elegant dinner. You will hear from leaders in our community, stories from the children we serve, immerse yourself in 40 years of memorable photos and videos, and reminisce with founding pioneers. Finish off the night with a drink and a chance to connect with our founders, past and current board and staff, garden educators, community partners, and many others. 

Sip wine, connect with friends old and new, and be inspired by keynote speakers. Take part in this monumental celebration and say YES with us to cultivating children’s love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education.

You won’t want to miss this special event!

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Family 40th Birthday Party

Sunday, September 29th

11:00am – 5:00pm

General Admission: $5

Free for UCSC students, kids 12 & under, and members of the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden

Directions and Schedule Here

UCSC Harvest Festival

We will celebrate in conjunction with the CASFS Harvest Festival at the Life Lab Garden Classroom on the UCSC Farm. Family-oriented activities and cake cutting. Come blow out the candles with us!

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Santa Cruz County Open School Gardens Day

Saturday, October 12th

Free Admission

Connect with the vibrant school garden culture of Santa Cruz County! The greater community is invited to visit area school gardens for tours and special events.

A map of participating gardens and events times will be shared in September.

Santa Cruz County School Garden Managers sign your garden up to host an Open School Gardens Day. Confirm your participation by September 17th by completing the Event Planning Form

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2018 Program Numbers

School-Based Students Served

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.

Student 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.

Decades of Photos

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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Life Lab is turning 40 this year! There is nothing that would make us happier than to reconnect with you.

Have you attended a Life Lab summer camp or field trip? Are you a past intern? Have we made a meaningful difference in your life?

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Life Lab 40th
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Life Lab's 40th Gala
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
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