Life Lab

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

Learn to use a garden to breathe life into standards-based lessons, promote ecological literacy, encourage healthy eating, and support students’ social development. Using Life Lab’s The Growing Classroom activity guide for grades K-6, participants in this hands-on workshop, experience tried-and-true garden-based lessons linked to Common Core Language Arts and Math and Next Generation Science Standards; practice basic gardening techniques; and develop management strategies for a school garden program. Graduate education units available.


The Growing Classroom Workshop

Thursday & Friday, August 24-25, 2023

Life Lab’s Garden Classroom on the UC Santa Cruz Campus

K-6 classroom teachers and garden educators

$400 for 2 days

10% Early-Bird Registration Discount will be applied at check-out process for Garden Classroom workshops registered 14 days prior to workshop start date. 


  • Activities that cultivate a child’s love of our natural world
  • How to use garden-based lessons to reinforce Common Core Math and English Language Arts standards and Next Generation Science Standards
  • Responsive outdoor management and positive discipline strategies that promote equity and inclusion in the garden
  • Specific strategies for how to grow a garden with groups of children (such as prepping a garden bed, composting and watering) 


  • A guided tour of our 30-acre organic farm and children’s garden overlooking Monterey Bay
  • A relaxing atmosphere with local snacks, drinks, and vegetarian lunch


  • The Growing Classroom, the award-winning resource book for educators contains 480 pages of science, math, language arts, and nutrition activities that you can do with your students in the garden
  • Relevant handouts with additional sample lessons and resources
  • Ideas and inspiration from a variety garden educators invested in this work!
  • Free Seeds 

Continuing Education Credit available for $80 per unit through the University of the Pacific.

Financial Assistance Available. Click here to apply. 

Questions? Contact [email protected]

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