Life Lab

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

Your Hosts:  Sandy 831 750 7115  •  John 831 471 7831  •  Whitney 831 428 2064

Institute Documents

2016 SGSO Leadership Institue Documents (Key Actviitity Resource Folders, Key Actvity Working Group Templates, Your Site’s PD Planning Sheet, etc.)
Can’t access?? Text John at 8314717831 with your google user account emaill

COMPLETE BY MONDAY 12/5 AM  SGSO Pre-Participation Survey – one survey per team, answer as a team if you came with a team other

Institute Agenda

Participant Roster

National School Garden Support Organization Forum


Institute Feed and Multimedia

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Getting Here and Preparation Logistics

1. Institute Agenda –  We will have a printed agenda for you upon arrival. Note the pink text which summarizes what you will need related to particular agenda topics.
We recently learned that we will not be able to access our retreat meeting room until 3pm and our lodging rooms will not be available until 4pm. Some of you may be arriving earlier. In that case you have options to poke around a bit in the city you land in, drive into Santa Cruz and say hi to the Pacific Ocean, or arrive to the retreat center before 3 and take a stroll in the redwoods. Feel free to call one of the hosts listed above for suggestions.

Check in at Mission Spring in the Fireside Lounge starts at 3pm.

We will gather at 5pm on Sunday to begin our agenda.

 

2. Pre-Institute Homework To make the most of our gathering we’d like you to take the time to do the following before we meet:

By November 23rd, have one of your team answer this pre-participation survey  see which organizations have responded and what they had to say

 

Come to the Institute prepared to give a 5-minute introduction to your organization. If you are using Powerpoint slides, please limit to no more than 5 slides. You can bring slides on a jump drive when you arrive on Sunday or email them prior to 12/4 to Sandy at admin@lifelab.org. See details of what we are looking for you to share in your presentation on Monday of the institute agenda.

 

Come prepared to share your best practices and favorite resources for training garden educators and resources/ideas on our 5 SGSO Key Activities. If any of your very favorite resources are not digital, please bring hard copies for people to see.  The Key Activities we’ll focus on are:

  • Identifying and Measuring Our Impact
  • Regional Networking
  • Models for Financial / Program Sustainability ​
  • Professional Development Models
  • Designing, Building, and Maintaining Multiple School Gardens

 

​Get your social accounts ready to “flirt” with us! Use #sgsoinstitute to tag your posts

 

If you find the time you may wish to read about the organizations that will be attending

www.createachangenow.org
www.CTschoolgardens.org
www.commongroundct.org
www.gardeneers.org
www.groundworksomerville.org
www.venturausd.org
www.LaSemillaFoodCenter.org
http://lettucelearn.org
www.ncat.org/gulf-states-regional-office
www.rvfarm2school.org
www.schoolgardens.arizona.edu
http://osse.dc.gov/service/school-gardens-program-sgp
www.citysprouts.org
www.captainplanetfoundation.org/learning-garden
www.theecologycenter.org/growyourown
www.thekitchencommunity.org
www.communitygroundworks.org
www.lifelab.org/watsonville-schoolgardens
www.wholekidsfoundation.org/landing-pages/school-gardens-landing
www.realschoolgardens.org

 

3. Items to Pack:

  • Personal Toiletries
  • Attire for changing weather. We expect daytime 60s and evenings in the low 40s. Rain is definitely possible.
  • Sun hat and good walking shoes for the garden and forest
  • Laptop computers, we will be creating documents using google docs (wifi will be available in some areas of the conference center)
  • Note-taking supplies
  • Appropriate chargers for your devices
  • Travel Mug and/or Water Bottle

 

4. Transportation to Retreat Center You should have received an email from Sandy Lansdale admin@lifelab.org regarding transportation from the airport to Mission Springs. If you have not or have any questions on transporting yourself from the airport to Mission Springs please connect with Sandy 831 750-7115. The car rental company said that all drivers can be listed to use the car for no additional cost so please have all your drivers list themselves as drivers of the car. We have also been informed that we need to pay the $12/per day insurance for the vehicle. Please have one of your carpool mates pay and submit reimbursement with Sandy. 

Mission Springs is located at 1050 Lockhart Gulch Rd, Scotts Valley, CA 95066  Map it here

  • San Jose Airport to Mission Springs is about 40 minutes without traffic which there shouldn’t be too much of on Sunday afternoon or Friday between 9am and 1pm
  • ​San Francisco Airport to Mission Springs is a little over an hour’s drive without traffic which there shouldn’t be too much of on Sunday afternoon or Friday between 9am and 1pm

 

5. Learn more about Santa Cruz. We will be staying at Mission Springs Conference Center which is 15 minutes outside of Santa Cruz in the mountains. View their Guest Information Brochure

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Join us for Life Lab’s Annual Benefit Brunch! Complimentary delicious meal and an inspiring program. 😋

Event is complimentary, and we hope to inspire you to make a meaningful donation toward growing healthy children! 🌱

Sunday, May 19th // 11am-1:30pm // MacQuiddy Elementary, Watsonville

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Be part of our Garden Classroom workshops. Join educators from all over the country and possibly from around the world. Continual Education Credit is available for most of our workshops.

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It was an absolute pleasure working with such a stellar group of educators. Thank you all for the great work you are doing at MDUSD Science and Garden Education Program.

We look forward to working with you in the near future."This is the best day of work EVER!" -Direct quote from a teacher participant in yesterday’s "NGSS in the Garden" workshop at Sun Terrace Elementary by Life Lab. Whitney Cohen led classroom teachers from 6 different elementary schools in an amazing, in-depth training on how to implement the new Next Generation Science Standards in that tried-and-true method of "learning by doing". On the agenda were 3 sample lessons, lots more demoed garden activities, debriefs with deep dives into the 3 strands of the NGSS, and practical exercises on how to plan new lessons using the 5E’s and how to "NGSS-ify" existing science lessons. What a day!

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PSSST!!! Keep this between us but we still have very limited spaces for our Garden Sprouts Camp for 4-6 year olds. Spaces are filling up fast.

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🌱Moment of the Month🌱

We hosted a gathering of Central Coast school garden educators and allies in March at Life Lab’s birthplace, Green Acres Elementary School in Live Oak. It was great to see old and new friends there and share updates from many local school garden programs.

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Our friends at the Children & Nature Network are hosting the 2019 Children & Nature Network International Conference in Oakland, California, May 16-18, 2019. We’ll be there — and we hope you’ll join us at this premier gathering of leaders, advocates and activists from the children and nature movement. You’ll be inspired by three days of powerful keynotes, expertly-curated workshops, field trips and events designed to support the work you do to connect children, families and communities to nature. Help spread the word and get the conversation going at #CNC2019. See MoreSee Less

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Life Lab is turning 40 this year! There is nothing that would make us happier than to reconnect with you.

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Come explore the garden and farm with us! Our camp days will include harvesting, making garden snacks, exploring the farm, singing, storytelling, garden caretaking, garden crafts, and investigation of the natural world. This camp serves 24 campers with a 1:6 ratio of instructors to campers, allowing us to tailor camp activities to the ages and interests of our campers.

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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