Life Lab

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

Resources to help you plan a farm or garden-based day camp

Learn about our camps www.lifelab.org/camp

Hear the songs we sing on our Farm and Garden Educator Playlist

See activities we do on our Garden Activity Playlist

Browse our Blog for Lessons and Activities

Visit our store to browse our curriculum & activity guides

 

To provide a unique experience for campers that return year after year we have a 4 year cycle of camp activity programming.
See the activities and themes we offer across the years.

2016 Camp Schedule

 

2013 Camp Schedule

2014 Camp Schedule

2015 Camp Schedule

2016 Camp Schedule

 

 

Running a Day Camp Resource Packet – $85
Over 190 Word Documents for you to modify to plan and run your farm-based camp

(Coming in Mid April, 2019) email admin@lifelab.org to be notified when available

Contents Include:

  • Garden Sprouts 4-6 Year Olds
    • 3 years of detailed schedules
    • How to run a Garden Sprouts day
    • Setup and Cleanup checklists
    • Snack making instructions and Recipes
    • Songs
  • Wildlands and Watering Cans 7-11 Year Olds
    • 4 years of detailed schedules
    • How to run a Wildlands day
    • Camper journals
    • Camp “Chore” charts
    • Setup and Cleanup checklists
    • Recipes
    • Hike day checklists
  • OWLS Youth Leadership 12-14 Year Olds
    • OWLS training agenda
    • Youth handouts
    • Completion award
  • Additional Activities
    • Tips for cooking with kids
    • A variety of activity write-ups and handhelds
    • Game descriptions
    • List of descriptions of anytime activities
  • Administrative & Parent Communications
    • Camp pricing spreadsheet
    • Registration questions
    • Confirmation email templates
    • Emergency release form templates
    • Sample camp flyer & ad
  • Human Resources
    • Camp job descriptions
    • Camp staff costs spreadsheet
    • Sample staff interview questions
    • Reference check form
    • Volunteer application
    • EAGLES youth volunteer application & handouts
    • Email template to recruit summer staff
  • Health & Safety
    • Allergy & Special Needs questionnaires
    • Camp med log
    • Accident reporting form
    • First aid kit checklist
    • Dishwashing instructions
    • Behavior contract
  • Training & Prep
    • Training agendas & handouts
    • Resource links for more training info
    • Prep week lists
    • Aftercare leader training agenda
    • Camp shopping instructions
    • Team building games for staff

 

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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