Life Lab

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

We offer:

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

  • 10/11-12/18 – Plant to Plate – Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education
  • 10/13/18 – FoodLab the Kitchen Classroom
  • 11/8-9/18 – Outdoor Classroom and Garden Program Management
  • 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
  • 3/29/19 – School Garden Tour
  • 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

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

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 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

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

  • Register online and pay by credit card OR to pay by check or PO, select the “Pay Later” button via online checkout
  • Questions? Email admin@lifelab.org 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 admin@lifelab.org.  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 admin@lifelab.org

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

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Even though we’re 2 days into 2019 it’s not too late to donate to Life Lab! Our curriculum, our garden educator training, our interns are working with children year round in gardens across the country! Lifelab.org/donate See MoreSee Less

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We love hearing children in our Watsonville school programs proudly proclaim, “I’m a scientist!” after dissecting flowers and drawing their structures.

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"After making citrus salsa with the class, I asked all of the students to say ‘cheers’ to the chefs who helped prepare this delicious & healthy snack. One of the students looked up and exclaimed, ‘That’s US! WE are the chefs! WE did it!’ I loved seeing that moment of recognition for him: that he (and his entire class) had actually created this healthy meal for all of us to share and enjoy."

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"All things garden education!"- That’s the easy answer to "What does Life Lab do?" … But we can only continue to do this with your support! lifelab.org/donate

(also, check out this slightly longer version of what we do with a peek into our gardens 😊)Life Lab is a national leader in the garden-based learning movement. This video is a brief overview of Life Lab for you to see! See MoreSee Less

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We hope you will join us in supporting our local school gardens today: lifelab.org/donate

Life Lab has partnered with Food Corps for more than 5 years! Today Life Lab/Food Corps partnership supports 5 school gardens in Pajaro Valley Unified School Districts with garden educators. Your support allows us to continue to cover the costs of running these programs: garden and kitchen supplies, transportation, and more!

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We asked kids across the country what they’re learning from FoodCorps—and why they think it’s important to eat healthy. 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