Life Lab

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

AudienceGraduate Education Credit

K-5 educators

Location and Cost Options

* Life Lab's Garden Classroom on the UC Santa Cruz Campus:  $150/participant.

View all scheduled upcoming Garden Classroom workshops


* Your school site:  $1,800/day plus travel expenses and $50/hour in travel time for 1 trainer.  25 participant maximum. 

Workshop Description

A school garden provides a rich, living, outdoor context in which students can explore and apply fundamental science skills. Learn to inspire curiosity and enthusiasm in your students as you lead effective inquiry investigations in your schoolyard or garden, based on the current content standards.

Key Workshop Components

Learn …
  •  How to teach and reinforce basic science concepts in a school garden.
  • A science inquiry model that can be adapted for use in almost any context.
Discuss …
  •  The Life Lab approach to learning.
  •  How to make outdoor, inquiry-based education work for different student populations.
Take Home …
  • A copy of The Growing Classroom for your classroom use.
  • Ideas on modifying garden lessons to develop more science concepts through inquiry.
  • Optional: 1 unit of semester credit available per day.

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Life Lab 40th
Life Lab’s 40th Gala – Sunday, October 13th  Celebrate 40 years of bringing learning to life in gardens. Learn more  
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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.
Tara NeierCamp ParentSummer camp mom
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