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

The following videos are interviews with Garden Teacher Jane Forbes of Westlake K-5, 3rd Grade Teacher Colleen Riggen of Mar Vista K-5, and Garden Teacher Caprice Potter of Gateway K-8. Collectively these three garden educators have close to 40 years of teaching children in a garden setting. Download the Effective Outdoor Management in School Gardens handout.

Jane Forbes Garden Teacher since 2002 talks about discipline in the garden, encouraging exploration, group management techniques and more.


3rd Grade Teacher Colleen Riggen of Mar Vista Elementary talks about enlisting the help of parent volunteers, managing a whole class in the garden at once, her school’s gardening tradition and more.


Since 1987 Caprice Potter has been the Garden Teacher at Gateway K-8. This interview distills her 20 plus years of experience in to a 14 minute video. Well that might be a stretch but she does have some great tips to share on getting kids involved in the garden, year round crop planning, maintaining the garden and much more.

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