Life Lab

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

Online Lessons and Curricula to Teach Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education


Online Lessons: Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education

Search the California School Garden Network's Publication Database for free or low-cost GENE curriculum publications. Most of the publications listed are free and all are reviewed by CSGN before being posted.

Edible School has an extensive list of edible education resources submitted by users across the nation and world.


Online Lessons: Nutrition Concepts

General Nutrition Education

  • Games, lessons and resources for kids, parents and educators from the Santa Cruz City Schools at
  • Free resources on nutrition education from USDA's Team Nutrition including storybooks, posters, fact sheets, and activity guides
  • Nutrition Education lessons for integration into core educational content standards, from California Healthy Kids Resource Center

Food Grouping Activities

  • Choose My Plate: USDA's online nutrition resource covering the food groups and key nutrition education messages, includes posters, tip sheets, and activities for teachers
  • Chef Ann's Meal Wheel: poster and visual aid of the food groups and serving sizes from Chef Ann
  • Dairy Council of California: online games, activity books, and educational game available for purchase on physical activity, food groups and serving size resources.

Eat the Colors of the Rainbow: Nutrition Lessons on Eating a Diversity of Fruits and Vegetables


Online Lessons: Edible Activities

Six Plant Parts Lessons


Three Sisters (Corn, Beans and Squash Traditional Planting) Lessons


Math Connections

follow us on Facebook

1 week ago

Life Lab

We are only a few days away from our Annual Benefit Brunch😋

It’s not too late to join this complimentary event.Registration closes today😄

The brunch will go on rain or shine, and we have a large indoor space to get cozy and drink tea and coffee in before the brunch starts–please don’t let the rain stop you from coming! ☂️

Register now🌳 See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

1 week ago

Life Lab

Just a friendly reminder Life Lab’s Annual Benefit Brunch is happening THIS Sunday, May 19th.

You don’t want to miss it this year, we have some very special speakers, including Congressperson Jimmy Panetta!. See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

1 week ago

Life Lab

Great news! We still have a few spots left for the Benefit Brunch next Sunday but hurry before it’s too late.

Come enjoy a fresh, delicious meal lovingly prepared meal by and an inspiring program.

Register now! See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

Life Lab


Help us grow healthy children and reduce your carbon footprint. 🌿

EVERY time you visit ANY New Leaf Community Market (@NewLeafCMarket) from now until May 27th, find the PAPER BALLOT in the store & VOTE FOR LIFE LAB to be a recipient of the Envirotoken program. 10 cents from every reusable bag can be donated to us.

This support has provided a wonderful boost for us over the years–thanks for your votes! ✅ See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

3 weeks ago

Life Lab

We hope to see you at Life Lab’s Annual Benefit Brunch, May 19th.🍽

If you wanted to bring a friend, please make sure to register them.👭

Register here🌱 See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

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