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

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Jun5

Life Lab Spring Benefit Brunch

Join us June 5th to celebrate a year of bringing learning to life in the garden.

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Jul15

DEADLINE to APPLY School Garden Support Org Leadership Institute

Join 14 other School Garden Support Organizations from across the nation to discuss strategies for accomplishing the following in your region:

  • Training and supporting educators to implement garden-based learning
  • Building and maintaining multiple school gardens, or supporting the installation and maintenance of multiple school gardens
  • Funding school gardens or helping schools to create sustainable funding streams for gardens
  • Facilitating regional networking between school garden educators
  • Evaluating school garden programs

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Mar9

Next Generation Science in the Garden

2-Day 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 →]

May13

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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

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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 →]

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

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

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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 →]

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.… [Read More →]

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.… [Read More →]

Mar27

the growing classroom textbook

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.… [Read More →]

Apr8

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.… [Read More →]

Apr8

Food Lab: The Kitchen Classroom Workshop

This one-day workshop, located at FoodLab near Santa Cruz, is designed to share the magic that happens at FoodLab. Learn to set up a kitchen space that will encourage children to explore, ask questions, and connect to food they make themselves. Learn activities to engage children’s curiosity and enthusiasm while introducing them to fundamental ideas in math, chemistry, language arts, history, and leadership skills.… [Read More →]

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

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5 days ago

Life Lab

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

It’s not too late to join this complimentary event.Registration closes today😄

The brunch will go on rain or shine, and we have a large indoor space to get cozy and drink tea and coffee in before the brunch starts–please don’t let the rain stop you from coming! ☂️

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6 days ago

Life Lab

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

You don’t want to miss it this year, we have some very special speakers, including Congressperson Jimmy Panetta!.

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7 days ago

Life Lab

Great news! We still have a few spots left for the Benefit Brunch next Sunday but hurry before it’s too late.

Come enjoy a fresh, delicious meal lovingly prepared meal by @cafe.ella.restaurant and an inspiring program.

Register now!
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1 week ago

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🥕VOTE FOR LIFE LAB! 🥕

Help us grow healthy children and reduce your carbon footprint. 🌿

EVERY time you visit ANY New Leaf Community Market (@NewLeafCMarket) from now until May 27th, find the PAPER BALLOT in the store & VOTE FOR LIFE LAB to be a recipient of the Envirotoken program. 10 cents from every reusable bag can be donated to us.

This support has provided a wonderful boost for us over the years–thanks for your votes! ✅ See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

Life Lab

We hope to see you at Life Lab’s Annual Benefit Brunch, May 19th.🍽

If you wanted to bring a friend, please make sure to register them.👭

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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