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

Life Lab's Education Director Whitney Cohen in the Community SpotlightThe GoodTimes recognized the work of Life Lab’s Education Director Whitney Cohen.

The Community Spotlight:

“Like so many adults, I assumed for many years that kids didn’t like vegetables,” recalls Whitney Cohen. “As it turns out, this myth is just dead wrong.” As the Education Director for local nonprofit, Life Lab, since 2007, Cohen has been using knowledge of the universal love of fresh produce as a teaching tool for local, national, and overseas educators. Introducing gardening in early childhood education allows the children to become familiar with the food group and its origins. It is no wonder Life Lab is the national leader in farm/garden based education with its various programs that “[teach] people to care for themselves, each other, and the world,” as their website so cheerfully states.

Garden Classroom and off-site workshops, camps, field trips, and youth programs are all used to promote experiential learning for all ages. It is Cohen’s job to share the work done on the ground with young students at the Santa Cruz garden site with educators who would like to incorporate garden-based learning in their teaching. “I teach them to lead science and nutrition lessons, to build compost, and to sing songs about the six plant parts,” describes Cohen, “all with a focus on how to make this work with kids”

In her time working with Life Lab, Cohen has written the highly acclaimed Kids’s Garden Cards with a number of interactive activities and games to encourage children to engage with their outside environments. Cohen has co-authored Life Lab’s newest publication, “The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids.” It is scheduled to hit shelves in May. “Day after day, I see young people of all ages, from all socioeconomic background, harvest, wash, prepare and eat fresh vegetables from our Garden Classroom,” Cohen proudly notes. “Without fail, they are delighted by the taste of this food they have had a hand in harvesting and preparing.”

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🌱Calling all Garden Educators!🌱We are excited to announce Life Lab’s 2023 Workshop schedule! Join us for a workshop at our Garden Classroom to get inspiration and information on bringing learning to life in the garden! 2023 Workshops:🌻 Responsive Classroom Management 4/21/23 🌱The Growing Classroom 8/24-8/25/23🔎 NGSS 9/14/23🍎 Plant to Plate 10/12/23To register and for more info please visit: lifelab.org/gcworkshops P. S. Sign up 14 days in advance to receive a discount on your registration! #LIFELab #gardeneducation #gardeneducator #outdoorclassroom #education #schoolgarden #gardeninginschools #gardenclassroom #cookingclassroom

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Become a Life Lab Certified Gardener! 🌱🌻Based on the success of our first four cohorts of Life Lab-Certified Garden Educators, we are excited to announce that registration is now open for individuals to register and be part of our fifth cohort starting January 23rd, 2023! We’ve put together a series of 4 on-line courses that will guide and support educators in becoming a Life Lab-Certified School Garden Educator. Upon successful completion of the 4 courses, participants will receive a certificate and the distinction of being a Life Lab-Certified Garden Educator. Each course will last 4 weeks long and include 4 synchronous meetings, at-home work, and a unique coaching model. The total commitment for the full series is 16 weeks. Check out our website for more information! Registration for the full certification series is now open. Please share with others who are looking for ideas and inspiration in the garden! There are 24 spots available and we sold out in our last 4 certification series. We hope you can join us!Life Lab offers a limited number of course fee reductions based on need and anticipated impact. To apply for financial assistance, follow the link below. Scholarship applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis between now and December 1st, 2022 or until all funds have been awarded.

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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.
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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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