Life Lab

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

Garden Sprouts Information for 2016

Greetings summer camp families! Thank you for registering your child for Life Lab summer camp.  We are looking forward to spending this time with your child in the Garden Classroom.  Please note which days of Garden Sprouts Camp you are registered for (either MWF, or TuTh).  Please note that there is no camp on July 4th.

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

***NEW drop-off and pick-up location this year, at the new Hay Barn near the farm!***

Drop-off and pick-up: Camper drop-off and pick-up will take place each day of camp at the new Hay Barn near the base of UCSC campus. Please click here for map and directions. Camp staff will meet you and your child at the Hay Barn at 9:00 and walk with your child up to the garden each morning; if you arrive after 9:10, staff will no longer be at the Hay Barn and you will need to park at a meter and walk with your child to the garden. 

Campers will be ready for pickup at 1:00 at the Hay Barn. 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: After-care runs from 1:00 to 3:00 and during this time campers will explore on and around the 25-acre Farm. They will come to the Hay Barn for pick-up at 3:00. Please no early pick-up.

Essential Items for Campers to Bring Each Day:

  • Lunch and backup snacks (kids get extra hungry at camp, and please pack an extra snack if your child is registered for after-care). We encourage healthy eating at camp.
  • Leak-proof water bottle 
  • Comfortable closed-toe shoes (please no sandals)
  • Hat and sunscreen (we suggest applying sunscreen before arriving at camp too)
  • Jacket or sweatshirt if morning is cool
  • Backpack
  • Please label your child's items to make it easier to get them all home again. Thanks!

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 dropping off and picking up campers. If you wish to park and leave your car, please park at a meter or purchase a permit at the kiosk near the base of campus. You are always welcome to accompany your child to camp and stay as long as you wish.


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 amy@lifelab.org.
 

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

MWF Garden Sprouts Schedule:

Week 1-  Monday- Five Senses Day, Wednesday- Bugs Day, Friday- Seeds Day (note: during Session 2 we will miss Monday due to July 4th holiday, and our first day, Wednesday, will be Five Senses Day instead of Bugs Day)

Week 2- Monday- Garden Day, Wednesday- Chickens & Eggs Day , Friday- Secret Treasures Day

TuTh Garden Sprouts Schedule:

Week 1- Tuesday- Five Senses Day, Thursday- Bugs Day

Week 2- Tuesday- Garden Day, Thursday- Secret Treasures Day

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3 days ago

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It was such a pleasure reconnecting with all the garden educators from the Santa Cruz area yesterday. You all are doing an incredible job! We hoped that you all had a great time sharing your experience in working at your school’s garden. We look forward to seeing you very soon!

If were not able to make it to yesterdays Garden Educator Gathering, please sign up for our mailing list so you can keep up to date with all of our events. We have some really exciting 40th celebrations coming soon.

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4 days ago

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Thank you to all the educators that came out and participated in our Intro to NGSS workshop. It was great meeting all of you. An extra special thank you to Edible Schoolyard Japan (エディブル・スクールヤード・ジャパン) for coming all the way from Japan to be a part of our workshop!

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Life Lab is hiring an Educator Training Specialist!!!

We are looking for an individual who is personable, approachable, and flexible nature; that has outstanding teaching and organizational skills.

Life Lab’s Educator Training Specialist will manage our on- and off-site educator workshops and lead some of our workshops. Tasks will include:

• Offsite Workshop Coordination
• Onsite Workshop Coordination
• Lead Educator Workshops
• Curriculum Development

Key Qualities of the Educator Training Specialist are:

• a deep commitment to the mission of Life Lab, which is to cultivate children’s love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education
• cross-cultural competency, with a deep commitment to equity and inclusion in education
• outstanding teaching skills
• 3 or more years of experience teaching children in a school garden or other outdoor education setting
• experience leading trainings for educators or other adult learners

If this sounds like a job made just for you please click here for more details.

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1 week ago

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Looking for ideas to keep your school gardens tended and active during the summer? Are you thinking of new ways to bring garden-based learning to a community garden or farm site? Join us for a webinar on the ins and outs of running kids day camp programs on educational gardens.

Erin Jackson, Education Director at Gallatin Valley Farm to School, and Amy Carlson, Garden Education Director at Life Lab, will share their years of experience and resources for creating day camp programs.

From promotions to post assessments and everything in between, this hour long webinar will provide you with inspiration and ideas to create or enhance summer programming on your educational garden or farm.

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Thanks Christine at KidsGardening.org for sharing a good winter time lesson from The Growing Classroom.Christine shares a hands-on garden planning lesson using mapping, math, and scale drawing skills from one of our best-known resources, The Growing Classroom!… See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

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Last week we were thrilled to have garden educators from around the country collaborate at our School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute.

Will you apply next year? Pictures (and smiles) tell it better than our words can.

Thank you all for participating!Kristen and Kat spent last week at the School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute hosted by Life Lab in Santa Cruz, California. The institute provided the opportunity for us to learn best practices in networking, sustainability, evaluation, school standards, and more from school garden organizations from all over the country. We also got to visit some truly dreamy and fully-integrated school gardens. We can’t wait to share our BIG goals and vision for OKC Harvest with you! 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