Life Lab

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


 Airport and Lodging Options for Life Lab Workshop Participants

San Jose International Airport: Approximately 1 hour from Life Lab
San Francisco International Airport: Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes from Life Lab
Oakland International Airport: Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes from Life Lab
All of the hotels mentioned below are about a 10-minute drive to the Life Lab Garden Classroom on the UCSC Campus, and close to downtown shops/food.
Ocean Pacific Lodge  (between the ocean and downtown)
(831) 457-1234
301 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Best Western All Suites Inn  (closer to downtown)
(831) 426-8333
500 Ocean Street
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060 
Seaway Inn  (across from the ocean)
(831) 471-9004, Reservations: (800) 493-6220
176 West Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, California 95060
Santa Cruz Hostel: The Carmelita Cottages
(831) 423-8304 Call between 8-11AM or 5-10PM
321 Main Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Henry Cowell State Park  (in a redwood forest, 15 minutes from Life Lab)
(831) 438-2396, Reservations:  (800)444-7275 or online
New Brighton State Beach  (in the town of Capitola, 15 minutes from Life Lab, during morning and afternoon commute hours more like 30 minutes)
Reservations:  (800) 444-7275 or online

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Life Lab 40th
Life Lab’s 40th Gala – Sunday, October 13th  Celebrate 40 years of bringing learning to life in gardens. Learn more  
Life Lab's 40th Gala
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.
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