Life Lab

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

Educator Certification Program:

Become a Life Lab-Certified School Garden Educator!

Overview

Building on Life Lab’s 40 years of experience in the school garden movement, we’ve updated and put together a series of 4 virtual 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 is approximately 8 weeks long and includes:

  • 4 synchronous virtual meetings that include discussions and sharing of resources, hands-on demonstration lessons, and community building. The courses are designed to support educators in leading students in face-to-face learning, but we are also embedding modifications for distance learning while COVID restrictions are still a reality. 
  • Asynchronous content that can be completed on your own time 
  • 1 one-on-one coaching session that includes specific feedback catered to your needs.
  • Sign-up for the full certification series or for individual courses 
  • Opportunity to earn 8 University of the Pacific graduate credit hours for the full series or 2 graduate credit hours for each course for an additional fee. 

 $1,400 for all 4 courses and the certification
$440 for an individual course

Tiny Garden Cracker

Courses

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Students’ Enthusiasm

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Social & Emotional Skills

Saw marked improvements in students’ social and emotional skills (i.e. interpersonal skills, responsibility, cooperation) after attending our workshops, in 2019.

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Educators Trained

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Students Reached

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Join the Movement!

At Life Lab, we believe the world needs informed, inspired, creative, and collaborative leaders, ready with the skills and the motivation they need to work for justice, sustainability, and healthy communities. And we believe that the garden is an ideal space for growing just such leaders! Now, more than ever, we need dedicated educators to lead children in cultivating a love of learning, healthy food and connection to our natural world through garden-based education. Building on Life Lab’s 40 years of experience in the school garden movement, we’ve updated and put together a series of 4 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 ….

 

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.  The courses are designed to support leading students in face-to-face learning, however modifications for potential distance learning opportunities will be embedded in each course while COVID restrictions are still a reality. University of the Pacific graduate education credits are available (2 credits per course, 8 credits for the entire certification)

Course Facilitators

Sara comes to Life Lab after working as a public school science teacher, science instructional coach and science education researcher for the past 14 years. Sara brings expertise in implementing and facilitating NGSS-aligned lessons for diverse learners in the classroom and other informal spaces and strongly believes in making science accessible to all students through place-based learning.
Sara Severance
Lead Educator
Whitney Cohen is a teacher, trainer, and author with tremendous commitment to, and expertise in, place-based education; student-led inquiry; strategies for engaging a diverse student population; school gardens; and the intersection between environmental education, Common Core and Next Generation academic content standards, and the public school system.
Whitney Cohen
Educator

Testimonials

Thanks for joining Life Lab in supporting garden education!

Garden Educator Certification is currently full

The 2020 Life Lab Garden Educator Certification Series is currently full but we encourage you to register for the waitlist so that we can prioritize your participation in the next 2021 series.

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