Life Lab

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

Thanks for joining us at MacQuiddy this year.
We hope to see you at the 2019 Brunch!

2018 Spring Benefit Brunch

New Location! MacQuiddy Elementary School, Watsonville

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Benefit Brunch & Program: 11:30am to 1:30pm

The Spring Benefit Brunch is complimentary with a donation opportunity.

Fun, supervised childcare available for children ages 4-10,  $10/child

If you have any questions, please contact us! Call Emily or Liz at (831) 459-3833, or email emily@lifelab.org

We look forward to inspiring you!

Holding our brunch at MacQuiddy Elementary in Watsonville is a big change from the past seven years of having our brunch at or near our Garden Classroom on the UCSC campus–and we’re excited about it! Life Lab programs are growing across Santa Cruz County, and now serve more than 5,000 children each year. In 2018, more than half–over 2,500 PVUSD students–will be part of our Pajaro Valley programs. Our broader impacts continue to grow nationally, too, as we provide training and curriculum for more and more teachers across the U.S. Last year, this work supported educators who reported serving more than 500,000 children. Having our annual fundraising event in Watsonville allows us to more deeply share our growing work in the Pajaro Valley, including the stellar school garden at MacQuiddy.

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Past Benefits

2017 Benefit Brunch at the UCSC Hay Barn

2016 Benefit Brunch at the UCSC Hay Barn

Spring Brunch 2016

 

2014 Benefit Brunch

2013 Benefit Brunch

2012 Benefit Brunch

2011 Benefit Brunch

View the Santa Cruz City Proclamation of Garden Classroom Day from our 2011 Benefit Brunch

See photos from the May 1, 2011 Benefit Brunch event.

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We’ve kicked off our Year End Giving Campaign by raising $4600 on #givingtuesday. Thank you!

For 2019 Life Lab wants to bring more children into school gardens than ever before. More hands in dirt, more love of healthy foods and more kids saying, "I’m a scientist!"

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"Wow, these seeds are so tiny. It’s hard to imagine that they are going to grow into something so big!"

Your donation to Life Lab awakens curiosity in children, join us for #GivingTuesday and plant seeds of hope for the future!

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We share our work nationally through workshops and curriculum for teachers and our School Garden Support Organization Leadership Program. Participating educators tell us this impacts over 500,000 students annually!

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We look to our work with children and understand that now, more than ever, we must raise our children to be loving stewards of the Earth. For the next generation to protect, defend, and preserve the Earth, they must understand and love it. A gift to Life Lab connects 500,000 children each year across the nation to the natural world, and allows them to discover their potential to care for it. YOU can influence change today by supporting Life Lab’s work.

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“Kids participated in garden lessons right before recess. Once recess began, however, they didn’t want to leave the garden! They thought it was better than recess!” ~1st Grade Teacher & Garden Champion at a Santa Cruz County school

This #GivingTuesday, join us in sharing joy and curiosity with thousands of children.

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Last school year, Life Lab’s Santa Cruz County programs served:
-5,193 students
-over 900 lessons
-143 teachers’ classes
-37 schools

This #GivingTuesday, help ensure we can offer these hands-on, life-changing programs to children regardless of what they can pay.

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“I love making the rainbow smoothie. It had something new for me–that was the spinach. I made it at home. I love it and my mom made something new!”

~ Amesti Elementary School 4th Grader as part of our Kids Cook program

Your gift today helps us offer 70% of our garden-based programs FREE to children whose families/schools could not otherwise afford 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