Life Lab

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

Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden: The Fundamentals of Designing, Creating, Enhancing and Maintaining Educational Gardens

AudienceGraduate Education Credit

Educators, parents, and other community members interested in starting or enhancing an educational garden

Location and Cost Options

* Life Lab’s Garden Classroom on the UC Santa Cruz Campus:  $180/participant View all scheduled upcoming Garden Classroom workshops

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* At your school site – see pricing details

Workshop Description

Learn the basic  skills you’ll need to design, develop, enhance, and maintain a school garden. Using Gardens for Learning, participants in this workshop learn about garden design, soil preparation, planting, watering, and pest management as well as building a support network, linking to academic content standards, and program planning. Schools may opt to add a second workshop day to apply these skills directly at their site.

Participants will take home:

* California School Garden Network ‘s Creating Gardens for Learning

* A detailed action plan for creating, enhancing, or sustaining their garden

* A list of educational garden design elements

* A booklet of relevant handouts

* Optional: 1 unit of Graduate Education Credit

All workshops require advanced registration and deposit. To set up a workshop for your school site, please call Life Lab at (831) 459-2001 or email us at admin@lifelab.org

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