Life Lab

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

Science and Engineering Practices Posters

The 8 NGSS Science and Engineering Practices Posters plus one poster listing all the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices in a Zipped folder.


Getting Started – A Guide for Creating School Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms

Comenzando (Getting Started in Spanish)

Guía para crear jardines escolares como salón de clases al aire libre


Gardening Tips for Schools Booklet


Science Exploration Units

Created with lessons from the K-5 Life Lab Science Curriculum and The Growing Classroom.

These units have 6 lessons each and are available as a free PDF download or purchased as a set of four from our store

Download the following units:

Pondering Plants Science Exploration Unit – 1st Grade

Examining the jobs of three different plant parts – roots, stems, and leaves – helps students to understand that all plants need the same fundamental resources: sun, soil, water, and air.

Soil Stories Science Exploration Unit – 2nd Grade

Students dig into dirt and discover the secrets of the intricate ecosystem living beneath their feet. After discovering soil’s components, students take the next steps to become stewards of the soil.

Garden Pollinators Science Exploration Unit – 3rd Grade

Examining the diversity of pollinators in the garden and their role in the ecosystem provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the mechanisms of adaptation.

Garden Habitats Science Exploration Unit – 4th Grade

Exploring plant and animal habitats helps students learn more about the diversity of life in the garden.


Engaging University Students in Local School Gardens

A toolkit for School Districts, School Garden Support Organizations and Universities


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We love hearing children in our Watsonville school programs proudly proclaim, “I’m a scientist!” after dissecting flowers and drawing their structures.

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"After making citrus salsa with the class, I asked all of the students to say ‘cheers’ to the chefs who helped prepare this delicious & healthy snack. One of the students looked up and exclaimed, ‘That’s US! WE are the chefs! WE did it!’ I loved seeing that moment of recognition for him: that he (and his entire class) had actually created this healthy meal for all of us to share and enjoy."

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"All things garden education!"- That’s the easy answer to "What does Life Lab do?" … But we can only continue to do this with your support! lifelab.org/donate

(also, check out this slightly longer version of what we do with a peek into our gardens 😊)Life Lab is a national leader in the garden-based learning movement. This video is a brief overview of Life Lab for you to see! See MoreSee Less

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Life Lab has partnered with Food Corps for more than 5 years! Today Life Lab/Food Corps partnership supports 5 school gardens in Pajaro Valley Unified School Districts with garden educators. Your support allows us to continue to cover the costs of running these programs: garden and kitchen supplies, transportation, and more!

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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