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COVID-19

The Potential of Garden Classrooms to Help Schools Reopen Safely The resources below outline the potential for outdoor classrooms to provide much-needed, extra "classroom" space; allow for social distancing between students; and provide strategic and cost-effective t [...]

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Next Generation Science in the Garden Webinar

Where better to explore ecological interdependence, growth and development of organisms, structure and function, adaptation, and the environmental impact of human activity than in an outdoor garden classroom? In this edWeb webinar Whitney Cohen, Education Director at L [...]

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SGSO Leadership Institute 2020

SGSO Leadership Institute 2020 January 19, 2020 at 4pm – January 24  Mission Springs Retreat Center, Scotts Valley, CA Directions: The Conference Center is at Mission Springs 1050 Lockhart Gulch Road, Scotts Valley, 95066 Map It / Driving Directions Enter at the [...]

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2019 SGSO Participant Hub

  2019 Participant Agenda   2019 Attending Organizations   2019 SGSO Organizational Bios   2019 SGSO "Shorts" Presentation Folders   Share Some Program Photos (click "Join" button, these will be shared in a slideshow) See what we had to share on In [...]

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Webinar and Curriculum – The Soil Story: Unearthing Connections Between Climate Change, the Food We Eat, and Human Health

  NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project webinar The Soil Story: Unearthing Connections Between Climate Change, the Food We Eat, and Human Health presented by Jessica Handy, Education Coordinator for Kiss the Ground, and Whitney Cohen, Education Director of [...]

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2018 School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute

At the 5-day institute we worked towards the following goals. Learn from one another about how we accomplish common Key SGSO Activities so that we can better our practice Make organizational sites plan for Professional Development and School Garden support [...]

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Educational Farm and Garden Design Element Video Lab

View and contribute to a video playlist showcasing design elements that support teaching and learning in gardens and on farms. Browse the video playlist to gain inspiration for your farm or garden education program. Or Create [...]

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Educational Farm and Garden Design Element Video Lab

Contribute to or view a video playlist showcasing design elements that support teaching and learning in gardens and on farms. Browse the videos to gain inspiration for your farm or garden education program. Create a 2-6 minute video highlighting design [...]

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2016 School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute

Learn about the Next SGSO Leadership Institute   Updates and Multimedia from the 2016 SGSO Institute #sgsoinstitute Tweets !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.crea [...]

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Workshops at the Garden Classroom

Workshops at the Garden Classroom Life Lab workshops at the Growing Classroom for 2020 have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are currently exploring ways to offer interactive, on-line trainings to support your work in the garden classroom. Join our [...]

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School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute

Information and Application for the 2021 SGSO Leadership Institute will be Available in July 2020 Join the School Garden Support Organization Network E-list to be part of a national dialogue of school garden support organizations and to be notified of future Leadershi [...]

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Newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter. Learn other ways to stay in touch with Life Lab. Newsletter Archives November 2017 Garden Educator Resources School Garden Design Elements Video Lab Tips on Making Garden Signs NGSS Science and Engineering Posters Spanish Languag [...]

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Webinar: Innovative Ways to Fund Your School Garden

View the archived webinar at EdWeb Growing School Gardens Community www.edweb.net/schoolgardens. Life Lab curates the following resources at the Collective School Garden Network: Finding Funds for School Gardens at www.csgn.org/funding-school [...]

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Funding Your School Garden Webinar

There is no one way to fund a garden program - there are hundreds! In this webinar, Life Lab’s John Fisher and Gardens to Grow In’s Kevin Hesser will share a wide variety of ideas to finance your school garden program. From finding grants and supportive policy, to s [...]

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Outdoor Classroom Management Webinar

View Life Lab and EdWeb's Growing School Garden Community webinar on Outdoor Classroom Management View the archived webinar here! View all our webinars. View Life Lab's resources on effective outdoor classroom management [...]

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One Garden, Many Schools: Multi-Use School Garden Models

Life Lab sprouted at Green Acres Elementary School in 1979. Most of the gardens that we have worked with over the past 35 years are located on, and serve one school site. While visiting school gardens in Denmark and Norway I was impressed by their model of one large gar [...]

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The Ultimate School Composting Resource Page

This post is part of our Sustaining School Gardens series. Attention school gardeners: A summary of nearly 70 responses to a school compost survey are described on this blog page. Check it out to see how compost functions in schools! The survey is still open and we [...]

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Common Core in the Garden Webinar

Life Lab's Education Director Whitney Cohen presented a webinar on Common Core in the Garden on February 18, 2014. View an archive of this webinar at www.edweb.net Download PDF of Common Core in the Garden Slides View all our webinars. Learn to use a garden to [...]

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Regional Support Models for Sustaining School Gardens Webinar

Join Life Lab and EdWeb's Growing School Garden Community for a webinar on Regional Support Models for Sustaining School Gardens. Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 4pm / Eastern Time View the archived version here. Read our article on One Gard [...]

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EdWeb’s Growing School Gardens Online Community and Webinars

LIfe Lab is a proud partner of EdWeb's online community and a contributor to their school garden webinars. Join the community and online forum at Ed Web View archives of webinars by Life Lab Inquiry in the Garden: Facilitating Student-Led Investigatio [...]

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Fall 2013 Newsletter

View our September 2013 Newsletter View newsletter archives Program Updates Meet Faith - Support our Work  Summer Accomplishments Announcing the National School Garden Network The Top Ten of Farm- and Garden-Based Education Garden Tips and Educator Re [...]

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Inquiry in the Garden Webinar

Life Lab's Education Director Whitney Cohen led an enthusiastic webinar on Inquiry in the Garden as part of EdWeb's Growing School Gardens Community.  Inquiry in the Garden: Facilitating Student-Led Investigations for Grades K-8 Webinar covers how to create [...]

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Policy and Protocols for School Gardens and Garden to Cafeteria

Serving School Garden Grown Produce in the Cafeteria - Sample Policy and Protocols Safe Produce Handling Resources Sample Wellness Policy Language to Support School Gardens and Local Foods Garden to Cafeteria in Action - Videos Watch a Webinar on Garden To Cafeter [...]

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School Garden Design Webinar

Life Lab's John Fisher led a photo filled webinar on School Garden Design as part of EdWeb's Growing School Gardens Community. Design Ideas for a Fun, Successful Instructional School Garden Webinar shares school garden design elements from school [...]

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One Day GENE and GENE 3T Details

Davis and Bakersfield GENE / GENE Train the Trainer (3T) One-day Model To participate  in a One Day GENE and GENE 3T Model you must participate in the following Train-the-Trainers Webinar and Sessions, in addition to the GENE workshop: 1. Pre-training webinar: Th [...]

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Train the Trainers Workshop – Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education

The Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education Train the Trainers (GENE 3T) is a unique training and networking opportunity for educators and organizations to provide professional development and technical assistance to California school garden and nutrition programs. A Train [...]

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Google Hangout: Training Garden-Based Educators

Life Lab participated in an Edible Schoolyard Google Hangout on the topic of training garden-based educators. We were one of five programs to share different training models and strategies for creating and sustaining school garden programs. Featured Participa [...]

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Seed Saving Resources

Educator Resources for Teaching About Seeds A Handful of Seeds: Seed-Saving and Seed Study for Educators - free download with practical information on seed saving in the school garden and seed history and lore. Fedco Seeds has multiple seed fundraising oppo [...]

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John Fisher

Life Lab Director of Programs and Partnerships Affiliations and Presentations The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids: 101 Ways to get Kids Outside, Dirty, and Having Fun. by Whitney Cohen and John Fisher See videos of John teaching, spe [...]

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School Garden Regional Support Models

A regional support model  can be a program, policy or staff person(s) that supports multiple school gardens in a defined region (eg. district, city, or county). Regional support models can empower garden champions at school sites, build partnerships that support garde [...]

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Where We’ve Been

  In addition to the onsite workshops that we teach each year in our Garden Classroom, we are busy connecting with folks around the country and world. View our offsite workshop offerings 2019 Offsite Workshops and Consulting Emeril Foundation Pa [...]

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School Garden Elements Photo Albums

Also find us on    and View additional resources on garden design and view Design Ideas for a Fun, Successful Instructional School Garden Webinar at www.lifelab.org/design-webinar View/download the School Garden Design Elements PowerPoint we created for t [...]

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Workshops at Your Site

Covid Related Updates Life Lab workshops at the Growing Classroom for 2020 have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are currently exploring ways to offer interactive, on-line trainings to support your work in the garden classroom. Join our mailing list to f [...]

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School Garden Resources

Garden Education Curriculum & Online Lessons Academic Content Standards in Garden-Based Learning Educator Workshops, Consulting and Networking Webinars Presented by Life Lab Outdoor Classroom Management Tips Life Lab's YouTube Video Channel - over 100 vide [...]

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Newsletters

Subscribe to our newsletter. Learn other ways to stay in touch with Life Lab.   Newsletter Archives Winter 2015 Program Updates 2014 Organizational Highlights We Did It! Top 10 Webinars Become a FoodCorps Servi [...]

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Professional Development

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIESLife Lab has trained tens of thousands of educators to bring learning to life in school gardens! If you would like some more training such as personal training then you could get training from a personal Development Academy, which c [...]

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Managing an Effective Outdoor Classroom

Life Lab's Effective Outdoor Management Handout (Two page PDF or view text below.) More resources on effective outdoor management: Observe School Garden Lessons taught by veteran garden instructors on View our Easy "Back Pocket" Activities that all garden teach [...]

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🌱Moment of the Month🌱

Life Lab Summer Camps are always a beautiful and nurturing way to share the interconnections of nature with children. Although our campers could not join us in the Life Lab Garden Classroom this summer, we wanted to make it possible for them to have fun at home! So our camp team assembled Summer Activity Care Packages full of materials, recipes, and advice for 225 children who had already registered for camp. They then carefully and lovingly hand delivered them to each family, occasionally getting to say Hi! from a safe distance, too.

"Thank you so much!! I have tears in my eyes. Thank you for pooling your ideas together for non-screen fun and learning opportunities. We can’t wait to dive in!
With much gratitude,"
Ellie

We are grateful to each and every camp family for their kindness, generosity, and patience as we all navigated the new realities of this year. As a community, the camp families even donated more than $12,000 of their camp fees towards ensuring that Life Lab will continue cultivating children’s love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education during this challenging time.

While we cannot deliver care packages to everyone in our broader Life Lab community, we hope that our growing BackPocketLearning.org website will help families seeking simple, fun, nature based activities and healthy family recipes to enjoy together at home this summer!🌈🐝🌻🌞

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2 weeks ago

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Our “Share Your Garden Saturday” video series continues with a sweet share from Emma Christie in the Life Lab garden at Starlight Elementary School in Watsonville🌸#shareyourgaredLL #school gardens PVUSD Food & Nutrition Services #LifeLab AmeriCorps See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

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In love with our @reneesgardenseeds flowers❤️thank you Renee for years of support & providing seeds for Life Lab gardens. We appreciate you! #reneesgardenseeds #lifelab #outdooreducation #gardensofgratitude #schoolgardens See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

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3 weeks ago

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Happy National Eat Your Veggies Day!😋🥕

To celebrate today we wanted to share some of our impacts this past school year. In our seven PVUSD Partner Elementary Schools, 98% of kindergarten, 1st and 2nd teachers reported that the Fall 2019 NGSS in the Garden programs improved their 1,900 students’ attitudes towards fresh fruits and vegetables, their emotional well-being, and their connection with nature.

Our Kids Cook presentation brought exciting hands-on cooking and healthy eating to more than 1,500 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at these schools, too, in January, February and March. In tastings surveys 72% of the children reported liking or loving the fresh, healthful foods they ate, with 63% said they were trying a new fresh produce item for the first time.

278 second-graders from our partner schools enjoyed hands-on learning in field trips to our Blooming Classroom this school year. 59% reported tasting new healthy food items for the first time in lesson-based tastings, and 70% said they loved or liked what they tasted.

We would also like to remind you to eat a rainbow 🌈🥗

A diverse and colorful diet nourishes a strong and healthy body. All fruits and vegetables contain different combinations of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. In addition, they contain phytonutrients, which give fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors and also play a wide range of roles in keeping our bodies healthy.

Thank you to our partners and sponsors for making this work possible. @sagegardenproject @pvhealth @pajarovalleyusd
@unfi @foodcorps

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3 weeks ago

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3 weeks ago

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Life Lab Stands With Black Lives.

The injustice of systemic racism must end. Our work at Life Lab to foster empathy, love and inclusion with the children who are the next generation will continue, and it is no longer enough. This painful moment is an opportunity and a catalyst for us to take the next steps to more purposefully weave antiracist learning into all that we do.

This is a time of active learning for us, as we listen and dig deeper into Life Lab’s part in historical and present-day oppression. We see opportunities to provide foundational antiracist lessons and experiences more intentionally throughout our curriculum and programs, joining with others who are on this path.

There are seeds of hope in this moment that we can nurture in garden classrooms. Our work with children, educators and schools can motivate actions, large and small, individual and collective, to help create real change for a more just society.

Black lives matter, and Life Lab commits to countering racism through education and love.

We know this process will include learning, unlearning and relearning. We welcome this collaborative work, and we will report back to you on our progress.

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1 month ago

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🥕Meet Cara, our Garden Programs Manager!🥕

Cara began her current position at Life Lab in 2014, but has worked with Life Lab in a variety of roles since 2007. While going to school at the University of California Santa Cruz, she found her calling to be an outdoor educator while interning at Life Lab in the field trip teaching program. Graduating from UCSC with a B.A in Environmental Studies and a minor in Anthropology, Cara brings 12 years of education experience to her position, specializing in environmental education and professional development for beginning educators. Growing up in Chicago, she jumped on opportunities to volunteer and work at learning institutions, such as the Evanston Ecology Center and the Field Museum of Chicago. Cara moved to Santa Cruz in 2003 and loves living in a community that appreciates healthy living, eating well, and the natural world. When she is not hard at work, she is hard at play, hiking, dancing, cooking, traveling and doing yoga.🥘🌎😁 See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

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Our “Share Your Garden Saturday” video series continues with a sweet share from Abby Hauth at the Life Lab garden at MacQuiddy Elementary🌸 #shareyourgardenLL #schoolgardens #lifelab @foodcorps @pvusdschoolfood See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

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Eat a Rainbow this Memorial weekend! Fruits & veggies provide nutrients essential for good health 🌈🥗💪🏽 #chard #carrots #schoolgardens #lifelab #eatarainbow #nutrition #gardeneducation #teachtheyouth See MoreSee Less

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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.
Tara NeierCamp ParentSummer camp mom
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