Life Lab

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

Google Maps Navigation: Use this map to navigate to Parking Permit Kiosk/Parking Lot and view walking directions from parking lot to the Garden Classroom. Parking passes are required M-F.

Workshop and field trip visitors view parking details below:

 

The Garden Classroom is located on the UCSC CASFS Farm. We are open to the public every day of the year 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Life Lab’s Office is located at the Garden Classroom site and is open M-F, 9:00 – 4:00.

Download Visitor Map and Parking Instructions (Do not park here for scheduled field trips- please see below)

  

  • If you are coming to visit, please purchase a parking pass from the red parking kiosk near the base of campus and park in Lot 116.
  • If you are coming for an Educator Workshop, please see below or refer to your welcome packet for specific directions on parking in Campus Facilities Lot 116.
  • If you are coming on a scheduled Garden Classroom Field Trip, refer to the field trip confirmation page.

 

  • Looking to schedule a Garden Classroom Field Trip for pre-school through middle school? Click here
  • Looking to schedule a professional visit to gain inspiration for your garden programming? Click here

Detailed Google Map for Navigating to Campus Facilites Lot 116 and Walking to the Garden Classroom site on the UCSC Farm.


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Suggested Lodging, Restaurants, and Local School Gardens

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Airport & Lodging Options

Local Airports

San Jose International Airport (SJC): Approximately 1 hour from Life Lab
San Francisco International Airport (SFO): Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes from Life Lab
Oakland International Airport (OAK): Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes from Life Lab

 

Santa Cruz Information

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More from our Sowing the Seeds of Wonder workshop: making Garden journals and gazing out over our edible flowers 🌻 @ Life Lab See MoreSee Less

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More photos from our 2-day Sowing the Seeds of Wonder workshop from this past weekend… Seed exploration, mud pies… #ssow #sowingtheseedsofwonder #lifelab @ Life Lab See MoreSee Less

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We hosted a fabulous Sowing the Seeds of Wonder Early Childhood Education workshop here in our Garden Classroom! We designed our own garden on a cracker, made Garden Creatures out of natural materials and so much more! #ssow #lifelab #lifelabgardenclassroom #gardenclassroom @ Life Lab See MoreSee Less

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Those fall colors popping up around the garden. #gardeneducation #lifelab @ Life Lab See MoreSee Less

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We couldn’t do the work we do without partners like FoodCorps!

FoodCorps service members in Pajaro Valley Schools are changing eating habits and connecting kids with nature!

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Hear from kids and adults in FoodCorps partner schools in California, Georgia, and New York about how FoodCorps service has helped transform their cafeterias and classrooms. See MoreSee Less

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We’re headed into the 3 day weekend with a basket of veggies. What late summer veggies are growing in your garden? See MoreSee Less

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A great message for the renewal of plant life the rewards of sustainability for lives to follow. 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