Life Lab

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

Since 1979 Life Lab has been providing insight and resources to educators on starting or enhancing garden-based learning programs. In addition to our educator workshops, Life Lab can provide:

Our consultation rate is $150 per hour plus $50/hour for travel time and reimbursement for travel costs.

Phone, Skype, or Google Hangout consultations are also available for $150 per hour.

Contact us via email or call (831) 459-2001 to learn more.


Our staff enjoys sharing our model educational garden, The Garden Classroom, with those seeking inspiration on garden design and program planning. Professional visits under 30 minutes typically include a tour of The Garden Classroom, browsing our publications, and observing field trips or summer camps when in session. These brief meetings are subject to our staff availability.

We consider visits and tours over 30 minutes to be consultations, which we offer at a rate of $150/hour. These consultations may include touring the 25-acre UCSC CASFS Organic Farm, visiting exemplary local school gardens, and/or engaging in in-depth discussions around garden design, program planning, curricular connections, and more.

Contact us us to arrange a visit.


See where we’ve been the last few years.

Past participants say …

“Our visit from Life Lab staff was absolutely amazing and inspiring … You do such amazing work and we feel very fortunate to the be recipients of your expertise.” – Director of the Google Children’s Center at the Woods, Mountain View, CA

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4 days ago

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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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5 days ago

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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!. See MoreSee Less

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6 days ago

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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 and an inspiring program.

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1 week ago

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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

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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