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

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2015 Workshops at the Life Lab Garden Classroom

Upcoming Educator Workshops in the Life Lab Garden Classroom: August 1-2, 2015 - 9:00AM-3:30PM The Growing Classroom: 2-Day Intensive on Garden-Based Learning (Grades 2-6) – Cost: $300/person. 1 semester unit of graduate education credit available per day for [...]

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Free Community Tour for Adults

Life Lab Summer Community Tour - For Grown-Ups! Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 11am-Noon Free - More Information and Registration [...]

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Shop New Leaf to Support Life Lab Thursday, April 24, 2014

Shop New Leaf Community Markets on the Westside of Santa Cruz on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 from 9am to 9pm. New Leaf will donate 5% of their daily profits to Life Lab. Have a great day shopping and supporting Life Lab! [...]

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California FoodCorps State Training at the Garden Classroom

This past week, 11 California FoodCorps service members gathered in Santa Cruz at the Life Lab Garden Classroom to engage in a three day training to learn how to connect kids to real food and see first-hand some of the best school garden and Farm to School models in act [...]

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The Danes Are Here

We have been having a great time showing visitors from Denmark some of the best farm to school and school garden programs in the region. The Danish study tour group, organized by Life Lab, is composed of eighteen government ministers, university faculty and graduate stu [...]

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“Love Us” on Monday at Discretion Brewery

Have a Beer to Support Life Lab Monday, August 26th Discretion Brewery in Soquel Join the fun anytime from 11:30 am-9:00 pm. Come for dinner or lunch at this family friendly brewery. During Discretion Brewing's Love Monday, 20% of all beer sales will go to [...]

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Summer Workshop: Plant It, Grow It, Eat It – Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education Workshop

Summer Two-Day Offering July 27-28 Workshop Description Make the connection from seed to table in this fun and delicious workshop. Using tried-and-true Life Lab lessons and recipes for grades K-8, participants explore effective ways to teach nutrition  and encourag [...]

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Think Globally, Learn Locally: Using local environments to engage young minds

Teacher Professional Development for Teachers Grades K-8 What: Bring science learning to life! Our local environment can provide rich science learning experiences for students. Learn about the resources available, including the recently published K-12 California Educati [...]

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Spring 2013 Newsletter

View The May 2013 Garden Times - Life Lab's Newsletter Program Updates What We Have Been Up To Since Our Last Newsletter Meet our Senior Program Associate - Amber Turpin and her baby Hazel Update on the California School Garden Training Program California FoodC [...]

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May 19th Benefit Brunch in the Garden Classroom

Join us Sunday, May 19th, 2013 for the Life Lab Garden Classroom Benefit Brunch. Register Please consider supporting Life Lab. Go to www.lifelab.org/donate. [...]

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The Garden, A Master Teacher Talk – April 18th Portland Garden Club

The public is invited to an upcoming Portland Garden Club talk presented by Life Lab's Outreach Director John Fisher. The Garden: A Master Teacher Thursday, April 18 Social: 9:30 Program/Meeting: 10:15 Optional box lunch and workshop to follow program [...]

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Summer 2012 Newsletter

  You don't want to miss our Summer 2012 Newsletter. In This Issue Garden Tips and Educator Resources Seed Saving Resources and Video Growing Questions - Inquiry in the Garden Teaching at a Farmer's Market Recipes: Zucchini Baba Ganoush and More [...]

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Bookshop Santa Cruz – Family Book Talk July 15th @ 4pm

Family Book Talk & Demonstration Sunday, July 15th @ 4pm The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids We hope you'll join us when Whitney Cohen and John Fisher share their book, tips, and love of gardening at Bookshop Santa Cruz.     &nb [...]

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Ride a Bike to Support Food What

On Sunday April 26th The Slow Coast Green Fondo 56 mile fundraising ride will raise funds for Food What?!. Hop on your bike and ride for Food What! The bike ride will take you through some of the most beautiful spots in Santa Cruz County. At the end of the ride enj [...]

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2012 Winter Newsletter

You don't want to miss our Winter 2012 Newsletter. In This Issue Garden Tips and Lessons Lesson - Six Seed Trail Mix Making Garden Signs - Tips and Photos Lesson Packet - Feeling Fine With Fresh Foods Recipe - Winter Squash Teacakes  Program Up [...]

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Introducing the California School Garden Training Program

Life Lab, along with organizational partners from the UC Davis Childrens' Garden Program and the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego, will train 1,500 educators, volunteers, parents and school garden support professionals throughout the state of Cali [...]

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Garden Classroom Day Camps

Few spaces still open. Come join us at Life Lab for an exciting season of all-new Garden Day Camps at the Life Lab Garden Classroom New this year at camp Early-care and after-care! Expanded Garden Sprouts Camp! Visit our camp page to learn more (more…) [...]

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May Day Benefit Brunch in the Garden Classroom

Sunday, May 1, 2011 10 am - 12 pm For 32 years, Life Lab has been teaching people to care for themselves, each other and the natural world through farm and garden-based programs. Please join us for a farm fresh brunch celebrating the work we do. Learn more and Registe [...]

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Farm and Garden Educator Resource Round-up

Farm and Garden Educator Resources that were shared during the "On the farm and in the garden educators" bus tour. 2011 Eco-Farm Bus Tour visited Cesar Chavez Middle School in Watsonville, De LaVeaga School in Santa Cruz, The Life Lab Garden Classro [...]

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Benefit Event on GoodTimes TV

Life Lab's Annual Benefit was so great this year that the local media came to make a video of it:-) Greg Archer of the GoodTimes finds out what Life Lab is all about. [...]

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Life Lab’s Taste of the Harvest – Our Annual Benefit Event

Life Lab is Celebrating 31 Years! Join us for our Annual Benefit Event: A Taste of the Harvest   September 11, 2010 At the Life Lab Garden Classroom, UCSC Farm 4:00-7:00 p.m. Life Lab Science Program invites you to discover the flavors of the sea [...]

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Santa Cruz Sentinel ~ Strawberries are a Blast

"Food,What?!" Strawberry Youth Blast coverage from the Santa Cruz Sentinel -- All things strawberry were the focus at the UCSC Farm and Garden Wednesday, as 300 county high and middle school students joined volunteers from Food, What?! for the 2010 Strawberry [...]

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Garden Classroom Spring Workshops

 Spring 2010 OfferingsAt the Life Lab Garden Classroom on the UC Santa Cruz FarmView more workshop details and learn how to bring a Life Lab Workshop to your siteSowing the Seeds of Wonder: Discovering the Garden in Early Childhood EducationMarch 27, 2010This one-d [...]

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Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden

The Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden (CSYSG) Video Series is a part of the CSYSG Training Model. This workshop has been given to over a thousand educators in California and it includes the California School Garden Network's book Gardens for Learning, parti [...]

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“Food, What?!” Harvest Fest in the Sentinel

The Santa Cruz Sentinel covered our largest youth Harvest Fest to date.The article "A field trip to chew on: teens run organic food festival"quotes this student participant:Lorraine Medina talks fast and waves her arms when you ask her about vegetables."Chard and kale. [...]

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Leave us a Birthday Wish

Are you past Life Lab Student, Teacher, Intern, or Staff?Do you have any great memories or stories to tell?Tell us about your experience with Life Lab and when/where you were involved.We like good stories so feel free to share:-)Share your story here (it is easy no logi [...]

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Birthday Party in the Garden Classroom

Our 30th Birthday Party was celebrated in The Garden Classroom with over 450 people enjoying garden crafts, strawberry tarts, chickens, goats, fresh squeezed lemonade, The Banana Slug String Band, garden fresh pizza, honey tasting, and of course a huge birthday cak [...]

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Join us for Life Lab’s Annual Benefit Brunch! Complimentary delicious meal and an inspiring program. 😋

Event is complimentary, and we hope to inspire you to make a meaningful donation toward growing healthy children! 🌱

Sunday, May 19th // 11am-1:30pm // MacQuiddy Elementary, Watsonville

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Be part of our Garden Classroom workshops. Join educators from all over the country and possibly from around the world. Continual Education Credit is available for most of our workshops.

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It was an absolute pleasure working with such a stellar group of educators. Thank you all for the great work you are doing at MDUSD Science and Garden Education Program.

We look forward to working with you in the near future."This is the best day of work EVER!" -Direct quote from a teacher participant in yesterday’s "NGSS in the Garden" workshop at Sun Terrace Elementary by Life Lab. Whitney Cohen led classroom teachers from 6 different elementary schools in an amazing, in-depth training on how to implement the new Next Generation Science Standards in that tried-and-true method of "learning by doing". On the agenda were 3 sample lessons, lots more demoed garden activities, debriefs with deep dives into the 3 strands of the NGSS, and practical exercises on how to plan new lessons using the 5E’s and how to "NGSS-ify" existing science lessons. What a day!

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2 weeks ago

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PSSST!!! Keep this between us but we still have very limited spaces for our Garden Sprouts Camp for 4-6 year olds. Spaces are filling up fast.

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🌱Moment of the Month🌱

We hosted a gathering of Central Coast school garden educators and allies in March at Life Lab’s birthplace, Green Acres Elementary School in Live Oak. It was great to see old and new friends there and share updates from many local school garden programs.

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2 weeks ago

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Our friends at the Children & Nature Network are hosting the 2019 Children & Nature Network International Conference in Oakland, California, May 16-18, 2019. We’ll be there — and we hope you’ll join us at this premier gathering of leaders, advocates and activists from the children and nature movement. You’ll be inspired by three days of powerful keynotes, expertly-curated workshops, field trips and events designed to support the work you do to connect children, families and communities to nature. Help spread the word and get the conversation going at #CNC2019. See MoreSee Less

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

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🍏Have we made a meaningful difference in your life?

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Come explore the garden and farm with us! Our camp days will include harvesting, making garden snacks, exploring the farm, singing, storytelling, garden caretaking, garden crafts, and investigation of the natural world. This camp serves 24 campers with a 1:6 ratio of instructors to campers, allowing us to tailor camp activities to the ages and interests of our campers.

Hurry, limited spaces are filling fast! Most slots are taken. We only have Tues/Thurs available for 4-6 year olds. ALL other ages are filled. For more info and register click here bit.ly/2FC277X?platform=hootsuite&utm_campaign=HSCampaign . For questions contact Amy at (831)-459-4035 or email amy@lifellab.org See MoreSee Less

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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