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

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Sábana Sacudida

Use una sábana para explorar la cantidad de vida que puede vivir en un arbusto. Edades 5+, 15+ minutos

¿Qué uso tiene una sábana vieja en un jardín? ¡Es una maravillosa herramienta de exploración para examinar la gran cantidad de vida que puede contener un solo arbusto! Realmente, todo lo que necesita para esta actividad es una sábana que no le importe ensuciar, o una camisa blanca. Salga a un patio o una calle bordeada de arbustos. Busque un arbusto robusto que tenga menos ramas cerca del fondo para que sea más fácil acceder la parte inferior de la planta. Extiende la sábana debajo del arbusto lo más lejos posible. Una vez que un lado de la sábana esté debajo del arbusto tanto como pueda, es el momento de agitar, agitar, agitar. Sujétese las ramas sobre la sábana y agite con entusiasmo, pero no tan fuerte que dañe la planta. Cuando se haya divertido lo suficiente sacudiendo, retire la sábana suavemente desde abajo el arbusto. La sábana debe estar cubierta no solo con hojas, ramitas y trozos de plantas, sino también con pequeños insectos, arañas u otras criaturas muy pequeñas. Es posible que deba arrodíllese para ver la vida silvestre verdaderamente pequeña. ¡Mire de cerca y tenga paciencia! Busque movimiento. ¡Te sorprenderá la cantidad de amiguitos que se escondían en el arbusto!  

También es bueno tener una lupa a mano para observar los insectos de cerca. Yo uso una caja de insectos, que es esencialmente una caja pequeña de plástico transparente con una tapa para meter pequeños insectos en la caja y cerrarla. La tapa tiene una lupa incorporada para que pueda mirar de cerca a su amigo insecto. Luego, simplemente abra la tapa para soltar su criatura. 

Cuando haya terminado de explorar el arbusto, simplemente sacuda la sábana sobre el arbusto para que todos los pequeños amigos puedan regresar a su hogar. Una vez que haya visitado un arbusto, intente la actividad en otro arbusto, ¡y luego en otro! Intente comparar las plantas diferentes como hábitats efectivos. ¿Qué tipo de insectos albergan las diferentes plantas? ¿Los insectos son diferentes en las plantas a la sombra que en las plantas a pleno sol? También pueda dibujar las criaturas que encuentre. ¡Crea tus propios experimentos y diviértete!

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3 days ago

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🌱 Become a Life Lab Certified Educator!🌱

We only have 3 spots left in our new School Garden Educator Certification Program! Sign-up today for the entire series of courses or for individual courses by visiting website, link below. Our first course, Building Connections in the Garden, starts with asynchronous work on January 21st and our first synchronous session will be on January 28th from 3:30 – 5:00 PST. You may continue to sign up through January 27th or until all spots are filled. If needed, we highly encourage you to join the waitlist to get priority registration for our next cohort in the fall of 2021 or should there become spots available.

Upon 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 approximately 8 weeks long and include 4 synchronous meetings, at-home work, and a unique coaching model tailored to each individual’s needs.

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2 weeks ago

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4 weeks ago

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At the beginning of the year, Life Lab launched our Healthy Futures campaign in response to the financial impact of COVID on our programs. We are grateful for our continued partnerships and our resilient staff who had to reimagine our work and how to best serve our local and national communities. The innovative outcome of this process includes new resources such as Next Generation Science in the Garden Curriculum, Life Lab Educator Garden Certification Program, Life Lab Webinar Series, Back Pocket Learning, and more!

2021 is full of potential and positivity, however……

🌱 WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP! 🌱

Our 2020 annual operating budget is $1,300,000 and we’re almost there!!! We are only $12,223 away meeting that goal! Click here ow.ly/FP0950CSIlg to help us reach our before the end of the year. Remember, every little bit goes a long way! 💚

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1 month ago

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The Life Lab Garden Educators just finished building and installing brand new veggie boxes at one of our partner schools, in Watsonville!!! Can’t wait to see these flourish! 🌱🥕🐝🌻#gardensofgratitude See MoreSee Less

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The Life Lab Garden Educators just finished building and installing brand new veggie boxes at one of our partner schools, in Watsonville!!! Can’t wait to see these flourish! 🌱🥕🐝🌻#gardensofgratitude See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

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🌱 Become a Life Lab Certified Educator! 🌱

Life Lab is excited to announce our new School Garden Educator Certification Program!

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 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 approximately 8 weeks long and include 4 synchronous meetings, at-home work, and a unique coaching model. It is also possible to sign-up for individual courses separately to learn specific content or brush up on one topic that meets the needs of your program.

Registration for the full certification series opens today, December 7th. Click the link below

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Join us today at 1pm with nutritionist, @jocelyndubin MS, RD for a healthy conversation about nutrition especially during the holidays and the benefits of eating a rainbow. Register at LifeLab.org/events Link is also in our bio #foodismedicine #teachthekids #eatarainbow #LifeLab #schoolgardens See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

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Life Lab is thrilled to announce the launch of 3 new Next Generation Science in the Garden curriculum units for grades K-2🐝 These units are aligned to #NGSS and written by Life Lab staff supported by experienced classroom teachers and piloted with over 8,000 students across 12 schools. For more info go to LifeLab.org/ngsscurriculum See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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Food is medicine! Join us December 6th at 1pm for our next webinar focused on healthy eating choices during the holidays. Learn about nutrition and the benefits of eating a rainbow with @jocelyndubin free registration link in our bio #foodismedicine #organic #delicious #nutricious #gardeneducation #webinar #LifeLab See MoreSee Less

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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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