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

Find details for this year’s Spring Benefit Brunch HERE

Spring Ahead

As we move into this season, we are thoughtful of new ways to connect and grow.  How fitting that during this time of change, nature is leading by example with sprouting seeds, buds, and beautiful blossoms.  With this in mind, we look to our garden programs to embrace innovative ways of sharing our work. 

The impact of these last 2 weeks on Life Lab programs has been significant.  We were teaching school garden educator workshops, teaching students in our PVUSD Partner School gardens and kitchen classrooms, planning our annual Spring Benefit Brunch and other community gatherings, hosting school field trips and group tours in our Garden Classroom, and developing new ways to support school garden education locally & nationally.  We now find ourselves adapting to the reality of extended school closures, canceled events, and shelter in place. 

“How does our Garden Grow?” 

Life Lab will continue to work with our PVUSD partner schools and organizations in our School Garden Support Network to share online options for students, educators, and the public to engage in garden education activities.  Many lesson plans meet NGSS and CORE program requirements therefore useful for online distance learning. SEL, Mindfulness, and the Growth Mindset are all reflected in garden based education as well.  We also have a very robust Life Lab blog and Youtube channel full of family friendly nature based activities to keep kids learning and engaged.  We are also committed to our local impact and actively cultivating new programs so stay tuned!

A diverse garden is a thriving garden so here are various ways to connect with 40 years of Life Lab activities, lessons, and engagement for EVERYONE.

Youtube channel 

Life Lab blog

School Garden Support Network

Garden Classroom Curriculum

Nature is the best resource for knowledge which is why our mission is to cultivate children’s love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden based education. 

Although we are physically apart, we are together in grace and good health.  Be well everyone and thank you for all you do to support our beautiful community.

Gardens of Gratitude,

The Life Lab Team

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Past Benefits

2019 Benefit Brunch at MacQuiddy Elementary

2018 Benefit Brunch at MacQuiddy Elementary

2017 Benefit Brunch at the UCSC Hay Barn

2016 Benefit Brunch at the UCSC Hay Barn

Spring Brunch 2016

 

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3 weeks ago

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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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2 months ago

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

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7 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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7 months ago

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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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7 months ago

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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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9 months ago

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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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9 months ago

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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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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
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