Life Lab

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

OVERVIEW 

Make the connection from seed to table in this fun and delicious workshop. Using tried-and-true Life Lab lessons and recipes for grades K-8, participants explore effective ways to teach nutrition and encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables through hands-on activities with food, including harvesting and meal preparation. Graduate education units available.

VIEW SAMPLE WORKSHOP AGENDA

AUDIENCE

 K-6 classroom teachers, garden educators, nutrition educators

LOCATION

Life Lab’s Garden Classroom on the UC Santa Cruz Campus
1156 High St S
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

COST

$200 per day

10% Early-Bird Registration Discount will be applied at check-out process for Garden Classroom workshops registered 14 days prior to workshop start date. Santa Cruz County Public School Educators email us learn more about reduced rate registration!  

Learn

  • How to structure cooking and nutrition activities for success, including management of large groups, harvesting and meal preparation
  • Effective strategies and garden-based recipes that encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables
  • How to choose plants and planting times

TAKE HOME

  • An activity packet full of Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education resources, lessons, recipes, and tips
  • Inspiration to use the garden as context for healthy eating
  • Strategies for success from Life Lab and other educators engaged in this exciting work
  • Ideas and inspiration for your school garden

Included

  • A walking tour of UCSC’s 25-acre Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
  • Vegetarian lunch provided by our healthy food partners Charlie Hong Kong and local snacks!
 
Charlie Hong Kong

 

 

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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.
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