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

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Nov3

Next Generation Science in the Garden

Next Generation Science in the Garden

Let's head outside and put earth and life back into Earth and Life Science! Using activities from the award-winning Life Lab Science curriculum, participants in this workshop learn to use a garden as a meaningful context in which their students can engage in Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices to examine Disciplinary Core Ideas and Cross-Cutting Concepts. Where better to explore ecological interdependence, growth and development of organisms, structure and … [Read More →]

Nov9

Thank You Thursday – A Benefit for Life Lab

SCMB will donate $1 from every beer sold to Life Lab. Bring your dog, bring your kids, and enjoy some delicious local, organic beer for a good cause!  

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Mar15

Introduction to Next Generation Science in the Garden

Let’s head outside and put earth and life back into Earth and Life Science! Using lessons from Life Lab’s The Growing Classroom activity guide, participants in this workshop learn to use a garden as a meaningful context in which their students can engage in Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices to examine Disciplinary Core Ideas and Cross-Cutting Concepts.

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Mar16

Developing Your NGSS Garden Lessons

Apply the guiding principles of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to make our students the lead scientists in our garden lessons! This workshop is ideal for participants who have already attended the Intro to NGSS in the Garden Workshop or are otherwise familiar with NGSS.

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Mar27

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The Growing Classroom: 2-Day Intensive on Garden-Based Learning

Learn to use a garden to breathe life into standards-based lessons, promote ecological literacy, encourage healthy eating, and support students’ social development. Using Life Lab’s The Growing Classroom activity guide for grades K-6, participants in this hands-on workshop, experience tried-and-true garden-based lessons linked to Common Core Language Arts and Math and Next Generation Science Standards; practice basic gardening techniques; and develop management strategies for a school garden program.

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May19

Spring Benefit Brunch

The Spring Benefit Brunch is complimentary with a donation opportunity.
If you have any questions, please contact us! Call Emily or Liz at (831) 459-3833, or email emily@lifelab.org

We look forward to inspiring you!

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Jul25

Classroom Management in the Outdoors

Let’s explore tried-and-true tips for establishing and maintaining a positive, engaging culture of learning and fun in a garden setting! Together we will experience and discuss setting the tone for effective learning; garden class routines; station rotations; and specific techniques to maximize student engagement and participation. Graduate education units available.

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Jul26

School Garden Program Management

Why do some school gardens take root and become well-established, while others struggle? In this workshop, we will discuss key elements of well-integrated school garden programs. Together, we’ll explore different, sustainable school garden program models; planning tools to align year-round garden activities with academic and garden care goals; methods for assessing garden programs; and strategies for increasing funding. Graduate education units available.

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Aug19

Introduction to Next Generation Science in the Garden

Let’s head outside and put earth and life back into Earth and Life Science! Using lessons from Life Lab’s The Growing Classroom activity guide, participants in this workshop learn to use a garden as a meaningful context in which their students can engage in Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices to examine Disciplinary Core Ideas and Cross-Cutting Concepts.

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Aug20

Developing Your NGSS Garden Lessons

Apply the guiding principles of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to make our students the lead scientists in our garden lessons! This workshop is ideal for participants who have already attended the Intro to NGSS in the Garden Workshop or are otherwise familiar with NGSS.

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Sep19

The Growing Classroom: 2-Day Intensive on Garden-Based Learning Workshop

Learn to use a garden to breathe life into standards-based lessons, promote ecological literacy, encourage healthy eating, and support students’ social development. Using Life Lab’s The Growing Classroom activity guide for grades K-6, participants in this hands-on workshop, experience tried-and-true garden-based lessons linked to Common Core Language Arts and Math and Next Generation Science Standards; practice basic gardening techniques; and develop management strategies for a school garden program.

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Oct4

Sowing the Seeds of Wonder Part 1 Workshop

Using Life Lab’s Sowing the Seeds of Wonder activity guide for preschool and kindergarten, participants in this workshop will explore leadership techniques and physical garden design elements that cultivate in young children a sense of peace, caring, curiosity, and joy. This workshop is ideal for new educators as well as seasoned educators ready for a fresh perspective on guiding positive behavior as well as designing an environment that is ripe … [Read More →]

Oct5

Sowing the Seeds of Wonder Part 2 Workshop

Using Life Lab’s Sowing the Seeds of Wonder activity guide for preschool and kindergarten, participants in this workshop will sample activities designed to encourage young children to safely explore the natural world using all of their senses. We will practice basic gardening and cooking skills together, with a focus on how to grow and prepare food with young children. We will also learn garden art projects and songs for preschoolers. … [Read More →]

Oct12

Open School Gardens Day

Celebrate the vibrant culture of school gardening in Santa Cruz County

www.lifelab.org/opengardens for map and schedule

 

 

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Oct13

40th Gala Dinner at the Hotel Paradox

40th Gala Dinner

Hotel Paradox, Santa Cruz

Sunday, October 13th

Reception: 4:00pm | Dinner: 5:00pm

Tickets: $135

Join Life Lab for an unforgettable evening of celebration while we honor our founding pioneers, reflect on 40 years of being a local and national leader in bringing learning to life in gardens, and look forward to what’s possible together over the next 40 years. The night will begin with hors d’ouvers and

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Oct24

Plant to Plate Workshop

Make the connection from seed to table in this fun and delicious workshop. Using tried-and-true Life Lab lessons and recipes for grades K-8, participants explore effective ways to teach nutrition and encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables through hands-on activities with food, including harvesting and meal preparation. Graduate education credit available.

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Nov14

Artisans Gallery

Sip & Shop at Artisans Gallery

Join us from 6:30 to 8:30 pm for a fun evening of holiday shopping in support of Life Lab.  Sip Bonny Doon Vineyard wines & Santa Cruz Cider Co. Win 2 tickets for a cruise on the O’Neill Catamaran or a Life Lab Garden Gift Basket! Raffle Tickets are $10 each or 5 for $40.  All raffle proceeds + 20% of all purchases made during the Sip & Shop will … [Read More →]

Nov19

Apply for Bilingual Garden Educator Position

The Garden Educator will assist the Garden Programs Manager in running field trip programs, summer camps, and internships at the Blooming Classroom in Watsonville and at the Garden Classroom on the UCSC farm. This is a 40 hour per week position with varying responsibilities depending on the season. During the fall/winter/spring months the Garden Educator runs themed field trip programs for local elementary school students and preschoolers and supervises field [Read More →]

Nov25

Barceloneta

Barceloneta Restaurant Benefit Bash

10% of all sales will be generously donated to Life Lab, so please bring your family and friends for a fun night at the hottest new restaurant in Santa Cruz!

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Jan14

Tour Tuesday January 14, 2020

Who said Life Lab field trips are only for the youth?
Join us for a guided group garden tour with interactive activities and insights. Engage and experience what Life Lab is all about! Cultivate your love of learning, healthy food, and nature through a delightful day in our Garden Classroom.
Theme: Winter Feeling Fine with Fresh Food, Nutrition, and Cooking

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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.
Tara NeierCamp ParentSummer camp mom
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