Life Lab

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

OWLS Information for 2016

Greetings summer camp families! Thank you for registering your 12-14 year old for OWLS (Outdoor Wonderful Leaders at Summer camp). We're excited to spend this time with your child in the Garden Classroom!

Our Location: Life Lab Summer Day Camps take place at the Life Lab Garden Classroom on the UCSC Farm. The Farm is located at the base of UCSC Campus. 

OWLS Training: Our required training day is Wednesday, June 15th, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Garden Classroom. Please bring your child to the Garden Classroom by 2:00 and return for him/her at 4:00. During this time your child will meet our camp staff and other OWLS, find out about what happens at Garden Sprouts and how they can be a part of it, and briefly explore Positive Discipline and Inclusivity at camp. 

Beginning and End of the Day: The OWLS day begins at 8:00 a.m. Please bring your child directly to the Garden Sprouts Camp area at the Garden Classroom by 8:00. Parking meters are available at the Hay Barn parking lot, where you will pick up your child at the end of the day. 

OWLS will be ready for pickup at 1:00 at the Hay Barn (this is a NEW camp pick-up location– please click here for map & directions), unless they are assisting with after-care. When you pick up your child, please “check out” with us. Please respect our ending time and pick up your child by 1:10.

After-care: OWLS who are assisting with after-care will be ready for pick-up at 3:00 at the Hay Barn. Please pick up your child by 3:10.

Essential Items for OWLS to Bring Each Day:
Lunch and snack (for OWLS assisting with after-care, please pack an extra snack for the afternoon)
Leak-proof water bottle
Closed-toe shoes (please no sandals)
Hat and sunscreen

Please leave at home:
Electronic devices (an emergency cell phone is okay as long as it stays in the backpack)

Parking Info: You don’t need a permit just for picking up campers; but UCSC does charge for parking when you leave your car unattended. While bringing your child to the Garden Classroom in the morning, please park at a meter or purchase a permit at the kiosk near the base of campus.

Thank you for supporting Life Lab. We are a non-profit organization and your camp fee directly supports our programs. We look forward to seeing you in the Garden!  Please contact us with any questions or concerns: (831) 459-4035 or

Thanks! We’re looking forward to a great summer in the garden!

Amy Carlson, Garden Sprouts Director MWF
Jennifer Eckert-Bernau, Garden Sprouts Director TTh
Kim Woodland, Garden Sprouts Director Session 4 MWF & TTh


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We wanted to say thank you to everyone who made our Spring Benefit Brunch such a special event. Without your generous support Life Lab could not continue doing this very important work. We hope that you all had as much fun as we did.🌱

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We are only a few days away from our Annual Benefit Brunch😋

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Just a friendly reminder Life Lab’s Annual Benefit Brunch is happening THIS Sunday, May 19th.

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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