Life Lab

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

The Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden (CSYSG) Workshop is a FREE, one-day training for teams working to create or enhance a school garden program. This workshop covers planning and designing a school garden, basic gardening skills, curricular connections and outdoor classroom management.

The California School Garden Training Program is awaiting notification of additional funds to offer more free and low cost school garden trainings. Currently there are no CSGT sponsored workshops being offered.

CSGT Workshop Notification List to be notified of future CSGT workshop announcements and locations.

View other school garden workshops at the CSGN.org calendar. View upcoming Life Lab workshops at The Garden Classroom at www.lifelab.org/gcworkshops

View CSYSG training resources at www.csgn.org/csysg

School garden teams of 2-4 are encouraged to attend. Teams may include teachers, parents, volunteers, school administrators, and other supporters of your garden program. There is no cost for attending this workshops, but advanced registration is required.

If registering a team, please submit one registration for your team and list all team members' names, emails, and roles. Come with a team of 3 or more and receive a school garden gift!

Workshops serve up to 25 participants. 

 

All participants will receive the book Gardens for Learning, published by the California School Garden Network, as well as other resource materials.

1 semester unit of graduate education credit available for $60.

CSYSG Workshop Agenda Topics

  • Why School Gardens?
  • Outdoor Classroom Management
  • Garden Beds and Planting
  • Weeds, Water, and Pests
  • Curricular Connections
  • Crop Planning and Plant Selection
  • School Garden Design
  • Planning Your Program
     

CSYSG Workshop Goals

Participants will:

  1. Understand the power of school gardens in promoting academic achievement, healthy lifestyles,environmental stewardship, and community and social development.
  2. Become familiar with design elements of educational gardens.
  3. Become comfortable with basic gardening skills.
  4. Learn methods for effective outdoor classroom management.
  5. Become familiar with a variety of helpful resources related to creating and sustaining school gardens.
  6. Understand the value and necessity of teamwork to start and sustain a school garden.
  7. Network with other, local people involved in creating and sustaining school gardens.
  8. Have an initial plan for their school garden program.

 

The California School Garden Training Program is funded by a California Department of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant. The program will train 1,500 people in creating and sustaining school gardens from 2012-2014. Learn more about the CSGT.  

 

Training partners include Life Lab, UC Davis Children's Garden Program, and The Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County, all in collaboration with the California School Garden Network.

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5 days ago

Life Lab

It was an absolute pleasure working with such a stellar group of educators. Thank you all for the great work you are doing at MDUSD Science and Garden Education Program.

We look forward to working with you in the near future."This is the best day of work EVER!" -Direct quote from a teacher participant in yesterday’s "NGSS in the Garden" workshop at Sun Terrace Elementary by Life Lab. Whitney Cohen led classroom teachers from 6 different elementary schools in an amazing, in-depth training on how to implement the new Next Generation Science Standards in that tried-and-true method of "learning by doing". On the agenda were 3 sample lessons, lots more demoed garden activities, debriefs with deep dives into the 3 strands of the NGSS, and practical exercises on how to plan new lessons using the 5E’s and how to "NGSS-ify" existing science lessons. What a day!

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2 weeks ago

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PSSST!!! Keep this between us but we still have very limited spaces for our Garden Sprouts Camp for 4-6 year olds. Spaces are filling up fast.

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2 weeks ago

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🌱Moment of the Month🌱

We hosted a gathering of Central Coast school garden educators and allies in March at Life Lab’s birthplace, Green Acres Elementary School in Live Oak. It was great to see old and new friends there and share updates from many local school garden programs.

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2 weeks ago

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Our friends at the Children & Nature Network are hosting the 2019 Children & Nature Network International Conference in Oakland, California, May 16-18, 2019. We’ll be there — and we hope you’ll join us at this premier gathering of leaders, advocates and activists from the children and nature movement. You’ll be inspired by three days of powerful keynotes, expertly-curated workshops, field trips and events designed to support the work you do to connect children, families and communities to nature. Help spread the word and get the conversation going at #CNC2019. See MoreSee Less

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Life Lab is turning 40 this year! There is nothing that would make us happier than to reconnect with you.

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3 weeks ago

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Come explore the garden and farm with us! Our camp days will include harvesting, making garden snacks, exploring the farm, singing, storytelling, garden caretaking, garden crafts, and investigation of the natural world. This camp serves 24 campers with a 1:6 ratio of instructors to campers, allowing us to tailor camp activities to the ages and interests of our campers.

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3 weeks ago

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Thank you to everyone who attended today’s Growing Classroom workshop. We had a blast showing how to use a garden to breathe life into standards-based lessons, promote ecological literacy, encourage healthy eating, and support students’ social development.

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4 weeks 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!

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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.
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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.
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