Life Lab

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

Thank You for your Support as we navigate the
COVID 19 health crisis.

This year’s Spring Benefit Brunch has been CANCELED

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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5 days ago

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🌸Growing Gardens of Hope!🌸 Join us as we celebrate the beautiful impacts of school garden education as part of our virtual Spring Benefit Brunch on May 1st at 11am. Guest speakers are Dr. Dilafruz Williams 💐and Francisco Paco Estrada 🤩 Brunch Menu Options include offerings from New Leaf Community Markets Charlie Hong Kong Companion Bakeshop Steamer Lane Supply Thomas Family Farm Flowers 🌱 Register at www.LifeLab.org/spring-benefit #spring #Fundraiser #schoolgardens #GardenBasedLearning #LifeLab

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1 week ago

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Come one, come all! 🌻Bring your students for the first-ever, national, virtual school garden tour … hosted by students, for students! #growingschoolgardens #schoolgardens #learninggarden #kidsgardening #healthykids #KidsGardenMonth #LifeLab 🌱

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4 weeks ago

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Gardens of gratitude to @petalumaseedbank for your generous seed donation! 🌱Teamwork makes the school garden dream work🌸#seedbank #schoolgardens #LifeLab #spring #sprouts #ThankYouThursday

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4 weeks ago

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Happy Spring Everyone!!🌱🌸🌱 Join us for our Family Gardening Spring Webinar this Tuesday March 23rd at 3pm to learn about Spring planting and garden based activities like trellising, how to make Root View Cups, garden art, pest management, and reseeding annuals🌸Register at lifelab.org/events. @reneesgardenseeds @originalgopherbasket #LifeLab #springequinox #spring #schoolgardens #gardeneducation #narcissus #webinarseries

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1 month ago

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Our Spring Family Gardening Webinar is coming up soon🌱March 23rd at 3pm🌱 Join Life Lab educators for another fun family webinar focused on Spring planting and garden based activities like trellising, how to make Root View Cups, pest management, and reseeding annuals🌸Register at lifelab.org/events

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2 months ago

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Join us for tomorrow’s Family Gardening Winter Webinar at 3pm! Register at LifeLab.org/events 🌱Linktree in our bio as well🌱#naturejournal #compost #soil #wintergardening #family #gardening #lifelab #schoolgardens

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2 months ago

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Join Life Lab educators for a fun, family Winter gardening webinar on February 16th at 3pm. We will focus on the various ways to plan, create, and support a healthy garden. Topics include choosing a garden space, creative container options, what to plant now, and preparing for Spring. 🌱#gardeneducation #LifeLab #schoolgardens #familygardening #wintergarden 🌻Registration link in our bio

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3 months 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.lifelab.org/educator-certification-program/

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3 months ago

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Looking to 2021 with a magnified view of our impact on nature and our connections with each other. A healthy garden is a diverse and sustainable ecosystem full of wonder and beauty in all seasons. #LifeLab #2021 #gardeneducation #Science #bettertogether

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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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