Life Lab

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

Healthy Futures


2020 is a year of change for all of us. Schools are closed, events are cancelled or postponed, and educational gardens, including our own Garden Classroom and Blooming Classroom, are quiet. At Life Lab we are certainly missing our daily connection with children, teachers and our community. While we were initially heartbroken at the necessary suspension of our programs, we’ve embraced it as an opportunity to create new resources for schools and families and to strengthen the roots from which we will continue to grow programs to transform the Nature of Education. It is a nesting time at Life Lab, as we develop new ways to inspire children’s love of learning, healthy food and nature and nurture healthy futures for all. 

How Will Our Gardens Programs Grow?

Life Lab continues to work directly with seven local partner schools in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District and with sister organizations across the country through our School Garden Support Network. Our latest Life Lab curriculum materials and related videos online help educators in need of engaging lessons for remote learning right now, especially opportunities for Next Generation Science and Common Core math and language arts.

We were very excited to launch our new site designed for families with children at home. It is full of simple activities that inspire learning and wellness in fun, easy ways. Our Life Lab blog and Youtube channel are also full of family friendly activities to keep kids engaged and learning. 

“Education from my experience with Life Lab at Green Acres Elementary from 1982 to 1984 has been a major influence on my life and career path. My choices to study ecology at the University of Washington (B.S. 2008), botany at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (M.S. 2012), & my current status as a PhD student at the University of Rhode Island’s Dept of Marine Affairs, are all directly attributable to exposure to your program. You taught a child from a low-income, urban family to transplant seedlings in the greenhouse, grow and harvest wheat to grind and bake into bread, and even churn butter from fresh milk. The lessons I learned at Life Lab have taken me all over the planet, and maybe they’ll help me help change it too.” Ken Hamel, April 2020

Garden of Giving

Community Cultivation

We know that garden-based learning is important to you as an active member of our community.
Like a garden, Life Lab needs pollinators to help us grow our programs. Please share our work with friends and family during this special season by hosting a Virtual Garden Gathering (details below!) and donating as you are able to our Healthy Futures Garden of Giving.

All contributions are appreciated! You are a vital partner with us in building Healthy Futures for all children through your support for our current financial needs and long-term sustainability. Thank you!

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$817,960 Raised Towards Our Goal of $1,600,000

Funds raised reflect individual giving, grants, sponsorships, and earned income. 

  • Sprouts
  • Roots
  • Flowers
  • Fruit
  • Pollinator


All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today.” Chinese Proverb

$101 - 1,000

Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to stay and reasons to come back.” Dalai Lama

$1,001- 5,000

Where flowers bloom so does hope.” Lady Bird Johnson


Love is a fruit in season at all times.” Mother Theresa


Pollinators are the heroes of the garden. Bee a hero!"


Other ways to get involved!

Host A Virtual Life Lab Garden Gathering!

Like a garden, we need pollinators to help spread the sweetness of Life Lab.  Our goal is to bring people together virtually to share information, nurture connections, and uplift sustainable garden education accessibility for all.  By sharing your enthusiasm for Life Lab, you will be supporting our work of cultivating children’s love of learning, healthy food, and nature. 
Virtual Garden Gathering Guidelines have been created to help with event planning and of course Life Lab staff are available to attend your virtual event upon request.
  We would love for you to invite friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, and extended community who may have planned to attend our cancelled Spring Benefit Brunch or anyone who might want to learn more about Life Lab.  Contact  for more information and to receive Virtual Garden Gathering Guidelines.

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