Life Lab

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

We are looking forward to seeing you at a Garden Classroom Workshop!

Getting Here 

There will be someone from Life Lab in the entrance to the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn from 9:00-9:30 am, ready to give you a parking permit upon arrival. UCSC is huge. To find our parking lot, navigate to the UCSC Cowell Ranch Hay Barn

Our workshop will start at the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn and throughout the day we will walk up to our Garden Classroom Site. Walking to our Garden Classroom involves a ten minute up-hill on dirt and wood chipped path. If you require assistance navigating this, please contact us at kelsey@lifelab.org

 

Lodging, Restaurants, and Other Recommendations

Check out our airport and lodging recommendations as well as nearby restaurant and itinerary suggestions for your stay.

 

What to Bring

We recommend that you bring the following to the workshop:
• Comfortable clothes: Layers are often best for chilly mornings and warm afternoons.
• Comfortable shoes for the outdoors
• A hat, sunscreen and water bottle
• A notebook and a pen or pencil
• A mask

 

COVID Related Details (As of 8/31/22)

Per county and UCSC guidelines, masks are not required when outdoors or indoors. Of course, you may choose to wear one if you feel more comfortable. We will provide extra N95 masks if needed.

Please stay home if you are experiencing any COVID related symptoms.

If you have any questions or concerns related to COVID, please email kelsey@lifelab.org. If any guidelines related to COVID change, will be in touch.

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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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