Life Lab

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

Life Lab 40th

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS

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.

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

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!

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 join in on Open School Gardens Day. Sign up your garden to be part of the day.

40th Gala Dinner

Hotel Paradox, Santa Cruz

Sunday, October 13th

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

Tickets: $135 

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 (emily@lifelab.org, 831-459-3833).

Click below to secure your ticket today!

OUR IMPACT

2018 Program Numbers

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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.

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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.

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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 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