Life Lab

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

Wildlands & Watering Cans 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.  

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 3:00 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 3:10.

We strongly encourage all campers to stay for the whole day. If you must pick up your child early on a specific day, please arrange this with the camp director ahead of time. Campers will not be available for early pick up on Wednesday hike days.

After-care: After-care runs from 3:00 to 5:00 and during this time campers will explore on & around the 25-acre Farm. They will come to the Hay Barn for pick-up at 5:00. Please no early pick-up.

Essential Items for Campers to Bring Each Day:

  • Lunch and snack (please pack extra snack on Wednesday hike days, and 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:

All 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.

2016 Wildlands & Watering Cans Camp Schedule: Please view the session schedule your child will be attending and share it with your child.

The Last Friday of Each Session at 2:00: The last Friday of each session (Session 1: July 1  / Session 2: July 15 / Session 3: July 29 / Session 4: August 12) at 2:00 p.m. families are invited to join in our kid-harvested Farmer’s Market Party. Please come prepared with a few coins & small bills and a bag to carry produce if you wish to purchase vegetables. Parking for this event will be tricky this year, due to construction happening in our usual spot; please carpool if you can, and plan on 15-20 minutes to park and walk to the garden. Limited parking will be available at the Campus Facilities lot (lot #116). If this lot is full, the nearest parking will be at the Barn Theater lot at the base of campus. UCSC requires a parking permit, and Life Lab staff will be at the Campus Facilities lot to sell you a permit for $4.  Please use caution walking across the bike path on your way to the Garden Classroom.

Camper Group Requests: We do our best to accommodate camper group requests, but please know it is not always possible as we need to balance age and gender across our groups.  We will take group requests on the first morning of camp. Be prepared to share the names of children your camper would like to be with.

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!

Cara Sundell, Wildlands & Watering Cans Camp Director, & Amy Carlson, Garden Sprouts Camp Director

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