Life Lab

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

PLANTING THE RAINBOW: GARDEN-BASED EDUCATION IN THE ‘SALAD BOWL’

By – AMELIA RHODELAND, FINDING NATURE NEWS, CHILDREN & NATURE NETWORK OCTOBER 2022

“I’m a scientist!” the elementary school students exclaim, flanked by the greenery of the Blooming Classroom as they triumphantly wave their science worksheets above their heads. These students are beneficiaries of the innovative partnership between nonprofit Life Lab and their local school district, which connects students with science, nutrition and nature in the garden.

“Seeing the joyful engagement of thousands of students and the positive impacts on their learning, well-being and more confirms what decades of research have shown — garden classrooms are effective, vital spaces where educators bring learning to life,” says Life Lab Co-Executive Director Judit Camacho.

Life Lab has been cultivating children’s love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education since 1979. They’ve done so through a variety of programs — leading children on field trips to gardens, hosting garden-based camps, designing scientific curricula for use in the garden, and producing publications, workshops, and more. But their partnership with Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) is something new.

“It’s all about place,” explains Camacho. Located in California’s Monterey Bay region, the students of PVUSD are growing up in the “salad bowl of the world,” a fertile agricultural region where close to half of the strawberries in the U.S. are grown. “Who grows these strawberries? Who cultivates them? Who are the farmers and the farmworkers?” Camacho asks. “This is a community that is feeding us, but the same community often does not have access to those foods.”

Read the full article at www.childrenandnature.org/resources/planting-the-rainbow-garden-based-education-in-the-salad-bowl/

Comments are closed.

follow us on Facebook

3 days ago

Life Lab

🌱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

See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

3 months ago

Life Lab

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.

See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

4 months ago

Life Lab

Thanks Shmuel! and all those that joined the Starlight workday.

See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

9 months ago

Life Lab

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

See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

9 months ago

Life Lab

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

See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

9 months ago

Life Lab

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!!

See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

11 months ago

Life Lab

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

See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Stock up your Garden Classroom

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.
Tara NeierCamp ParentSummer camp mom
Translate »
Social media & sharing icons powered by UltimatelySocial