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

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View all our resources for connecting garden-based learning to the new content standards.


See examples of how we bring content standards to life at the Life Lab Garden Classroom.


The Growing Classroom Standards Database

We are thrilled by the guiding principles behind the new science standards, which integrate content, practices, and cross-cutting concepts to ensure that science education is meaningful, engaging, and effective. By highlighting the various ways each lesson in The Growing Classroom addresses these standards and provides opportunities for students to practice reading, writing, speaking, listening and math, we hope to provide every school teacher with the tools they need to justify bringing kids outside, and to use the garden as a living laboratory in which learning comes to life!

Thanks to our stellar team including Jennifer Pfluger, who holds a PhD in Plant Developmental Genetics from UC Berkeley; Ilana Lowe, a credentialed 5th public school grade teacher with a Master of Arts in Education; and Kate Sommer, also a credentialed teacher who currently works as a garden educator in a public K-5 school. We made this database tool in-house and there are sure to be glitches. If you run into one, please don't hesitate to get in touch and we'll see what we can do!

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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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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.
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