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

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Apr27

The Growing Classroom: 2-Day Intensive on Garden-Based Learning (Grades 2-6)

During this two-day 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 Growing Classroom activity guide for grades 2-6, 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. … [Read More →]

May13

Sowing the Seeds of Wonder: Discovering the Garden in Early Childhood Education (PreK-K)

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This one-day workshop, located at the amazing Garden Classroom or at your school site, is designed to give you the opportunity to see the garden through the eyes of a young child. Learn to set up a garden space that will encourage children to explore, ask questions, and connect to the natural world around them. Learn activities to engage children’s curiosity and enthusiasm while introducing them to fundamental ideas in … [Read More →]

Jun19

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

During this two-day 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 Growing Classroom activity guide for grades 2-6, 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. … [Read More →]

Jul27

Outdoor Classroom and Garden Program Management

Learn from longstanding garden program garden educators on effective ways to manage an outdoor classroom and create a robust year-round program.

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Jul28

UCSC Farm & Garden 50th Anniversary

Life Lab is a 38 year old non-profit who has partnered with the UCSC Farm for most of our existence. We are thrilled to be part of the UCSC Farm & Garden's 50th Anniversary. We will be sharing a workshop along a line up of many other great offerings. We will be also offering childcare through a One Day Camp for 6 years and older at our Wildlands and Watering … [Read More →]

Jul29

One Day Kids Camp – UCSC Farm 50th Anniversary

While you are at UCSC Farm 50th Anniversary Events have your child explore the UCSC Farm with Life Lab. Our garden educators will run a one day version of our Wildlands and Watering Cans Day Camp.  Saturday, July 29th from 9:30 to 4:00 at the Life Lab Garden Classroom on the UCSC Farm.

For children 6 years of age and older. $50… [Read More →]

Sep29

Common Core in the Garden (Grades K-6)

Learn to use a school garden to provide a meaningful context in which students can apply their emerging skills in math and English language arts. Using lessons from The Growing Classroom activity guide, participants in this workshop will experience and discuss garden activities that support learning in math and language arts. Whether they are graphing the temperature of their compost pile over time; reading a recipe to make fresh salsa; writing … [Read More →]

Oct19

Santa Cruz School Food and Garden Tour

Visit longstanding school food and garden programs in action! On this tour, participants visit four established elementary school gardens; meet garden coordinators with decades of experience; observe and enjoy a school lunch cooked by students in Pacific Elementary's Food Lab Program.… [Read More →]

Oct20

Plant It, Grow It, Eat It! Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education (Grades K-8)

Sheila Bricken

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 gardening, harvesting and meal preparation. We offer a Fall and Spring version of this workshop. 1 semester unit of graduate education credit available.

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Oct21

The Kitchen Classroom

Learn how to engage students in meal preparation as part of the National School Lunch Meal Program.

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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!  … [Read More →]

Mar20

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.… [Read More →]

Apr21

Developing Your NGSS Lessons

Apply the guiding principals 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.… [Read More →]

May20

Spring Benefit Brunch

The Spring Benefit Brunch is complimentary with a donation opportunity.
Fun, supervised childcare available for children ages 4-10,  $10/child 
If you have any questions, please contact us! Call Emily or Liz at (831) 459-3833, or email emily@lifelab.org

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Jun20

School Gardens Tour

On this tour, participants visit four established elementary school gardens; meet garden coordinators with years of experience.… [Read More →]

Jun21

The Growing Classroom 2 Day Intensive 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.… [Read More →]

Sep14

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 →]

Sep15

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 →]

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More from our Sowing the Seeds of Wonder workshop: making Garden journals and gazing out over our edible flowers 🌻 @ Life Lab See MoreSee Less

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More photos from our 2-day Sowing the Seeds of Wonder workshop from this past weekend… Seed exploration, mud pies… #ssow #sowingtheseedsofwonder #lifelab @ Life Lab See MoreSee Less

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We hosted a fabulous Sowing the Seeds of Wonder Early Childhood Education workshop here in our Garden Classroom! We designed our own garden on a cracker, made Garden Creatures out of natural materials and so much more! #ssow #lifelab #lifelabgardenclassroom #gardenclassroom @ Life Lab See MoreSee Less

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We couldn’t do the work we do without partners like FoodCorps!

FoodCorps service members in Pajaro Valley Schools are changing eating habits and connecting kids with nature!

Watch this video and be inspired to make change too. Donate here today: bit.ly/2NzedVA

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Hear from kids and adults in FoodCorps partner schools in California, Georgia, and New York about how FoodCorps service has helped transform their cafeterias and classrooms. See MoreSee Less

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We’re headed into the 3 day weekend with a basket of veggies. What late summer veggies are growing in your garden? See MoreSee Less

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Ruby Wargnier

A great message for the renewal of plant life the rewards of sustainability for lives to follow. 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