Life Lab

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


4th-8th grade teachers

Location and Cost Options

* Life Lab's Garden Classroom on the UC Santa Cruz Campus:  $150/participant. 1 unit of semester credit available per day.

View all scheduled upcoming Garden Classroom workshops


* Your school site:  $1,500/day plus travel for 1 trainer.  25 participant maximum.  1 unit of semester credit available per day.

Workshop Description

This one-day workshop, taught by Monterey Bay Science Project director Joyce Hill, is designed for 4th-8th grade teachers of English Learners. Science content and process skills provide an excellent opportunity for students to develop their English language skills. Using science lessons based on current grade level standards, we will discuss effective strategies for creating reading, writing, listening and speaking opportunities for your students.


  • How to build on science lessons that will help develop English language skills.
  • English Learner strategies that work well in your science program.


  • Planning a science lesson that supports student understanding and academic language.
  • Strategies for integrating more opportunities for reading, writing, listening and speaking into your science lessons.

Take Home

  • Tools for designing a science/EL lesson.
  • Ideas on modifying existing your science/ELD program.

follow us on Facebook

Unable to display Facebook posts.
Show error

Error: (#803) Some of the aliases you requested do not exist: LifeLabScienceProgram
Type: OAuthException
Code: 803
Please refer to our Error Message Reference.
Life Lab 40th
Life Lab’s 40th Gala – Sunday, October 13th  Celebrate 40 years of bringing learning to life in gardens. Learn more  
Life Lab's 40th Gala
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
Social media & sharing icons powered by UltimatelySocial