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

Life Lab's Watsonville School Garden Project strives to create a culture of garden-based learning in elementary schools to enhance science and nutrition education during school day instruction. 

What is the Watsonville School Garden Project? Learn more at

Become a School Garden Crew Intern and Help Teach in and Build School Gardens

Santa Cruz County School Teachers Attend Life Lab Workshops at a Substaintial Discount. Watsonville partner schools attend for free!

Teachers and Educators Join our Watsonville School Garden Project Elist

The Watsonville School Garden Project is part of Life Lab's Pajaro Valley Initiative.


Past PVUSD School Garden Workshops:

See upcoming workshop dates. Santa Cruz County School Teachers Attend Life Lab Workshops at a Substaintial Discount. Watsonville partner schools attend for free!


Join our Elist

Take the Watsonville School Garden Needs Assessment Survey to join the project's e-list and share what you need to enhance garden-based learning at your school site.




View LIfe Lab's school garden resources


Creating and sustaining school gardens is not easy work. We partner with the following organizations who support garden-based learning. 

Major Funders: Sage Garden Foundation; UNFI Foundation; California Giant Berry Farms; Natureripe Berry Growers; Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County; Monterey Peninsula Foundation, host of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am; Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Program; UC Global Food Initiative; County of Santa Cruz CalFresh; Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust; and 3 wonderful anonymous donors. 
Partners Include: PVUSD Extended Learning; PVUSD Science Academic Services; AmeriCorps Service Members from Mission Volunteers of Notre Dame & FoodCorps; Food What?; UCSC and CSUMB Interns; Big Creek Lumber; Suncrest Nurseries; PVUSD Schools and Teachers


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6 days ago

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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.
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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.
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