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

Our 30th year of brining learning to life in a garden was celebrated with many special events. Thanks to all who celebrated with us.

Our School Garden Video Contest had 18 entries, see the winner here.

Birthday Essay Series: The Garden: A Master Teacher was written by a Life Lab camp parent – a great accounts of the power of Garden-Based Learning.
Garden-Based Learning Research Briefs are a great collection of research findings that support garden-based learning with introductions written by Life Lab’s Education Director – Whitney Cohen.

30th Birthday Party on May 30th, 2009 was a great affair. See the sights and sounds from our birthday party, including the cake so big it wouldn’t fit out the door, in this video. To make sure that this event is one to remember we may also feature some Personalized Balloons that we have desgined specifically for this special 30th anniversary, so make sure you check it out if you can.
The School Garden Open House featured 8 Santa Cruz Area School Gardens. About 130 participants visited Santa Cruz area school gardens during the open house.
The School Garden Sustainability Summit took place on September 10-11, 2009 and included 35 school garden leaders from across the state. The summit focused on Regional Support Models for school gardening programs. A summary of summit discussions and resources will be shared via our website in the months to come. There are plans to have a follow-up summit next fall as part of the SF Green Schoolyard Conference in Fall of 2010.

The blog you are reading now was created to document our 30 years of history. Videos, past press and momentus events have been included. Scroll down to 1978 and see how it all began.

This past year local and national press and blogs have covered our birthday events. Here are a few:

Cornell’s Garden Based Learning
Com-Food
Cal Ag In the Classroom
Good Grub – Garden-Based Learning
Garden ABC’s
Kids Garden News
School Garden Weekly
Ethicurean
Santa Cruz Sentinel

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5 months ago

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www.lifelab.org/jobs Full-time Bilingual Garden Educators at PVUSD School Gardens and Summer Program Staff at Garden Classroom on UCSC Farm

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Full-time Career and Summer Staff Positions in @pajarovalleyusd school gardens and the Life Lab Garden Classroom. On the @ucscagroecology farm @ucsc @pvusdschoolfood lifeLab.org/jobs

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We are so glad to be a part of this year’s Growing School Gardens Summit! 415 attendees from 45 states across the US, representing 6,000+ school gardens serving more than 2.5 million students. Here we go!!

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Rainbow Chips 📗🌱📙🍊📕🍅In this lesson students introduce themselves, create group agreements, listen to a story about a rainbow, and then go on a search for different colors in order to begin to form a personal connection with the #gardenclassroom .Also, we just wanted to show this really awesome squash gradience 😄#gardenbasededucation #NGSS #scienceinthegarden #schoolgarden #NGSGintheGarden

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Food Factories 🍅🥗😋In this lesson, students find leaves with holes in them and then construct explanations for what might havecaused those holes. They listen to a story book and add further possible explanations for the holes. Thenthey explore the garden to prepare to engage in argument from evidence about which explanation for these holes seems the most plausible. Finally, they relate this concept to plants that humans eat.#NGSGintheGarden #NGSS #gardenbasededucation

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Today we set our seedlings out to the sun! After planting a seed, students have been caring for their pet plants for four weeks now! Recording their growth and how they change over time. We fed them compost and watered them in their new home in the garden!#NGSS #seed #gardenbasededucation #NGSGintheGarden

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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.
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.
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