Life Lab

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

We offer:

View All Of Our Workshop Descriptions

Register For The Following Workshops At Our Garden Classroom In Santa Cruz, CA

  • 3/15/19 – Introduction to Next Generation Science in the Garden
  • 3/16/19 – Developing Your NGSS Garden Lessons
  • 3/27-28/19 – The Growing Classroom: 2-Day Intensive on Garden-Based Learning
  • 7/25/19 – Classroom Management in the Outdoors
  • 7/26/19 – School Garden Program Management
  • 8/19/19 – Introduction to Next Generation Science in the Garden
  • 8/20/19 – Developing Your NGSS Garden Lessons
  • 9/19-20/19 – The Growing Classroom: 2-Day Intensive on Garden-Based Learning
  • 10/4/19 – Sowing the Seeds of Wonder, Part 1
  • 10/5/19 – Sowing the Seeds of Wonder, Part 2
  • 10/24-25/19 – Plant to Plate: Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education
  • 10/26/19 – FoodLab: The Kitchen Classroom (Offered by Life Lab Partner at Pacific Elementary School)

If you would like to be notified when we add new workshop dates, please join our email list.

Workshop Cost: $200/day – 10% Early-Bird Registration Discount will be applied in check-out process for Garden Classroom workshops registered 14 days prior to workshop start date.


Santa Cruz County Public School Educators click here learn more about reduced rate registration!

Attend a workshop at our Garden Classroom training center and:

  • be inspired by our model educational garden site
  • take a walking tour of the 25-acre UCSC Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems organic farm
  • meet and learn from other garden-based educatorsWorkshop Meals Provided by our Healthy Schools Partner Charlie Hong Kongs
  • enjoy a fresh meal from our healthy food partner Charlie Hong Kong
  • take home loads of useful resources
  • Continual Education Credit available for $80 per unit through the University of the Pacific

That was THE BEST workshop ever! I learned so much. Plus, I felt like I was on a mini-vacation. I’m all blissed out!  -Workshop Participant

Payment Options

  • Workshop Cost: $180/day Early Bird Rate or $200 regular rate
  • Register online and pay by credit card OR to pay by check or PO, select the “Pay Later” button via online checkout
  • Questions? Email or call (831) 459-2001.

Cancellation Policy

  • We understand that plans can change.  Should you wish to cancel your registration, please submit, in writing, your cancellation to  Your registration fee will be refunded, less a $50 administrative fee.  Regretfully, we will not be able to refund any fees if cancellation is made within 2 weeks of the workshop date except, of course, in cases of illness or emergency.

Financial Aid

  • Life Lab offers a limited number of workshop fee reductions based on need and anticipated impact. FinancialAssistanceApp.

For questions, please contact us at 831.459.2001 or

Life Lab can provide a workshop for your staff at your site. Click for details.


When attending

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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.
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