It was such a pleasure reconnecting with all the garden educators from the Santa Cruz area yesterday. You all are doing an incredible job! We hoped that you all had a great time sharing your experience in working at your school’s garden. We look forward to seeing you very soon!
If were not able to make it to yesterdays Garden Educator Gathering, please sign up for our mailing list so you can keep up to date with all of our events. We have some really exciting 40th celebrations coming soon.
Thank you to all the educators that came out and participated in our Intro to NGSS workshop. It was great meeting all of you. An extra special thank you to Edible Schoolyard Japan (エディブル・スクールヤード・ジャパン) for coming all the way from Japan to be a part of our workshop!
Life Lab is hiring an Educator Training Specialist!!!
We are looking for an individual who is personable, approachable, and flexible nature; that has outstanding teaching and organizational skills.
Life Lab’s Educator Training Specialist will manage our on- and off-site educator workshops and lead some of our workshops. Tasks will include:
• Offsite Workshop Coordination • Onsite Workshop Coordination • Lead Educator Workshops • Curriculum Development
Key Qualities of the Educator Training Specialist are:
• a deep commitment to the mission of Life Lab, which is to cultivate children’s love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education • cross-cultural competency, with a deep commitment to equity and inclusion in education • outstanding teaching skills • 3 or more years of experience teaching children in a school garden or other outdoor education setting • experience leading trainings for educators or other adult learners
If this sounds like a job made just for you please click here for more details.
Looking for ideas to keep your school gardens tended and active during the summer? Are you thinking of new ways to bring garden-based learning to a community garden or farm site? Join us for a webinar on the ins and outs of running kids day camp programs on educational gardens.
Erin Jackson, Education Director at Gallatin Valley Farm to School, and Amy Carlson, Garden Education Director at Life Lab, will share their years of experience and resources for creating day camp programs.
From promotions to post assessments and everything in between, this hour long webinar will provide you with inspiration and ideas to create or enhance summer programming on your educational garden or farm.
On this #ThankfulThursday, we want to spotlight the REAL Food in Schools Collaborative with Life Lab and Mt. Diablo Unified School District! The Collaborative is a public-nonprofit team integrating hands-on garden, nutrition and cooking education and REAL Certified healthy school food to support lifelong wellness and achievement for 32,000 students in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District of Contra Costa County, California. #EatREAL #KnowYourFood #HealthySchools
Are you a teacher? Do you struggle teaching about food and nutrition in your classroom? The Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy wants to give you the tools and confidence you need to bring this seemingly complicated topic to life, through a NEW online summer course: Teaching Food & Nutrition For All.
Thanks Christine at KidsGardening.org for sharing a good winter time lesson from The Growing Classroom.Christine shares a hands-on garden planning lesson using mapping, math, and scale drawing skills from one of our best-known resources, The Growing Classroom!… … See MoreSee Less
Last week we were thrilled to have garden educators from around the country collaborate at our School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute.
Will you apply next year? Pictures (and smiles) tell it better than our words can.
Thank you all for participating!Kristen and Kat spent last week at the School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute hosted by Life Lab in Santa Cruz, California. The institute provided the opportunity for us to learn best practices in networking, sustainability, evaluation, school standards, and more from school garden organizations from all over the country. We also got to visit some truly dreamy and fully-integrated school gardens. We can’t wait to share our BIG goals and vision for OKC Harvest with you! … See MoreSee Less
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.