Life Lab

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

 

In addition to the onsite workshops that we teach each year in our Garden Classroom, we are busy connecting with folks around the country and world.

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2019 Offsite Workshops and Consulting

  • Emeril Foundation Partner School – New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Emeril Foundation Partner School – Austin, Texas
  • National FoodCorps Orientation (pre-service training), Portland, Oregon
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Mount Diablo Unified School District, California
  • Middletown, California
  • Orion Montessori, San Jose, California
  • Pescadero High School, Pescadero, California
  • School Garden Support Organization 5-day Leadership Institute, Santa Cruz, California
  • Education Outside Boot Camp, San Francisco, California
  • Climate Core Service Members, San Francisco, California
  • Center for Ecoliteracy, Berkeley, California
  • Oster Elementary School, San Jose, California
  • Humboldt County Office of Education, California
  • Saratoga Elementary, California
  • Santa Cruz County Teacher Leadership Institute

2019 Conference Presentations and Talks

  • Children and Nature Network International Conference – Oakland, California
  • California Foods for California Kids – Oakland, California
  • National Children and Youth Gardening Symposium – Madison, Wisconsin
  • American Camps Association Sights on Sites Conference – Boulder Creek, California
  • National Webinars on School Garden Summer Programs and School District-Run Garden Programs

 

2018 Offsite Workshops and Consulting

  • San Juan Bautista Elementary – California
  • Foothill Elementary – Saratoga, California
  • Kansas City Community Gardens – Missouri
  • Aromas Elementary – Aromas, California
  • National FoodCorps Orientation (pre-service training) – Portland, Oregon
  • Oak Spring Garden Foundation – Upperville, Virginia
  • Old Adobe Elementary – Petaluma, California
  • El Centro, California
  • Fairfield, California
  • Argonaut Elementary – Saratoga, California
  • Stanislaus, California
  • Emeril Foundation Garden Training – Seaside, California
  • Mount Diablo Unified School District – Mt. Diablo, California
  • Education Outside 2-day Boot Camp – San Francisco, California
  • Hosted Keisen University (Tokyo) 5-day Learning Institute at Garden Classroom
  • National FoodCorps Orientation (pre-service training), Portland, Oregon
  • School Garden Support Organization 5-day Leadership Institute, Santa Cruz, California

2018 Conference Presentations and Talks

  • Arizona State University Sustainability Conference – Tucson, Arizona
  • Missouri Community Action Network – Ozarks, Missouri
  • National Farm to Cafeteria Conference – Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Santa Cruz County Teacher Leadership Instititute
  • Field-Based Learning Initiative

2017 Offsite Workshops and Consulting

  • Berkeley, California
  • Concord, California
  • Blythe, California
  • Pleasant Hill, California
  • Napa, California
  • Sunnyvale, California
  • Modesto, California
  • Petaluma, California
  • Los Gatos, California (Consultation)
  • San Diego, California (Consultation)
  • Pasadena, California
  • Lake Wales, Florida
  • Quincy, California
  • Fairfield, California
  • Spreckles, California
  • Watsonville, California
  • Cobb, California
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Crescent City, California
  • National FoodCorps Orientation (pre-service training), Portland, Oregon
  • California FoodCorps State Orientation at Garden Classroom
  • Education Outside 2-day Boot Camp, San Francisco, California
  • Hosted Keisen University (Tokyo) 5-day Learning Institute at Garden Classroom

2017 Conference Presentations and Talks

  • FoodCorps Region Mid-Year Gatherings – Philadelphia, PA; Tucson, AZ; Raleigh, NC
  • International Master Gardeners Conference – Portland, Oregon
  • American Horticulture Society Youth Gardening Symposium – Vancouver, Washington
  • Slow Food Nation – Denver, Colorado
  • A Garden in Every School Symposium – Opening Plenary and Workshop, Sacramento, California
  • California Farm to School Conference – Modesto, California

2016 Offsite Workshops

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Berkeley, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • Visalia, California
  • Salinas, California
  • Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • National FoodCorps Orientaion, Portland, Oregon
  • Education Outside 2-day Boot Camp, Life Lab Garden Classroom
  • School Garden Support Organization 5-day Leadership Institute, Santa Cruz, California

2016 Conference Presentations and Talks

  • FoodCorps Western Region Mid-Year Gathering – Watsonville, California
  • Keynote Green Our Planet School Garden Educators Conference – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Georgia Organics Conference – Atlanta, Georgia

2015 Offsite Workshops

  • Tampa, Florida
  • Stockton, California
  • Petaluma, California
  • Davis, California
  • Ventura, California
  • Farifield, California
  • San Gregorio, California
  • Pleasant Hill, California
  • National FoodCorps Orientaion, Portland, Oregon
  • Half Moon Bay, California
  • Bellingham, Washington
  • Washington D.C.
  • Tucson, Arizona
  • Education Outside 2-day Boot Camp, Life Lab Garden Classroom
  • Keisen University 5-day Institute, Life Lab Garden Classroom
  • California FoodCorps Service Member Orientation, Life Lab Garden Classroom

2015 Conference Presentations and Talks

  • SHINE Forum for Early Childhood Eduation, Long Beach, California
  • SHINE Forum for Early Childhood Eduation, San Digeo, California
  • California Farm to School Conference, Asilomar, California
  • Sacramento School Garden Conference, Sacramento, California
  • National Food Safety Management Institute – USDA Farm to School, San Diego, California
  • Keynote and Workshops – National Youth Gardening Symposium, Austin, Texas
  • FoodCorps Western Region Mid-Year Gathering, Santa Cruz, California

 

2014 Offsite Workshops

  • Manteca, California
  • Nowata, Oklahoma
  • Ashland, Missouri
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Springdale, Arkansas
  • Fayetville, Arkansas
  • Roseville, California
  • Oakland, California
  • Half Moon Bay, California
  • Alameda, California
  • Brooklyn, New York
  • National FoodCorps Training, Portland, Oregon
  • DC Greens, Washington, D.C.
  • Half Moon Bay, California
  • Blythe, California

2014 Conference Presentations and Talks

  • Eco-Farm Conference, Asilomar, California
  • Keynote Presentation Schoolyard Gardens Conference, Chaska, Minnesota
  • Early Childhood Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (ECSTEM) Conference, Costa Mesa, California
  • Monterey Bay Science and Math Project’s Common Core and Next Generation Conference, Santa Cruz, California
  • California Agriculture in the Classroom Annual Conference, Scotts Valley, California
  • National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, Austin, Texas
  • National Science Teachers Association, Long Beach, California

 

2013 Offsite Workshops

  • DC Greens, Washington, D.C.
  • Edina, Minnesota
  • Salinas, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education, Santa Rosa, California
  • National FoodCorps Training, Portland, Oregon
  • South Boone Learning Garden,  Ashland, Missouri
  • Cherokee Nation, Healthy Nation, Pryor, Oklahoma
  • Education Outside Green Corps, San Francisco, California

2013 Conference Presentations and Talks

  • Portland Garden Club, Portland, Oregon
  • SHINE Forum for Early Childhood Eduation, Los Angeles, California
  • Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, UCSC, CA
  • New Teacher Center, Santa Cruz, California
  • California Subject Matter Project Conference, Cal State University Monterey Bay
  • California Science Teachers Association Annual Conference, Palm Springs, California
  • Bioneers, Marin, California

 

2012 Offsite Workshops

  • Forest Hill Elementary School, San Jose, California
  • Alisal School District, Salinas, California
  • Stone Barns, Tarrytown, New York
  • Vida Verde Environmental Education, Half Moon Bay, California
  • Buena Vista Edible School Yard, Bakersfield, California
  • The Hawaii School Garden Network, Waimea, Hawaii
  • Project EAT, Hayward, California
  • Google Childcare Center, Mountain View, California
  • DC Greens, Washington, D.C.
  • Spring Creek Recreational Fund in Starrett City Housing Development, Brooklyn, New York

2012 Conference Presentations and Talks

  • SHINE Forum for Early Childhood Eduation, Los Angeles, California
  • Nutrition and Fitness Collaborative of the Central Coast, Monterey, CA
  • Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, UCSC, CA
  • Why Hunger Award Dinner, New York, NY
  • American Community Gardening Association National Conference, San Francisco, CA
  • National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, Burlington, VT
  • BookShop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Annie’s Annuals, Richmond, CA
  • Nordic New Food Conference, Norway
  • Copenhagen University, Denmark
  • Cabrillo College Early Childhood Education, Aptos, California
  • DC Healthy Schools Act Panel, Washington, DC

 

2011 Offsite Workshops

  • Merced, California
  • Santa Clara, California
  • San Rafael, California
  • Salinas, California
  • Cupertino, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • Hayward, California
  • El Dorado Hills, California
  • Springfield, Missouri
  • Stone Barns, Tarrytown, New York
  • Fayetville, North Carolina – See Teacher Blog day one, day two
  • Tahlequah, Oklahoma – See Life Lab Trainer Michelle Whizin talk about workshop in the Cherokee Phoenix Video.

2011 Conference Presentations and Talks

  • Bay Area Environmental Education, San Jose, CA
  • Ecological Farming Association, Asilomar, CA
  • Rooted in Community, Philadelphia, PA
  • Cabrillo College Early Childhood Education Conference, Aptos, CA
  • Community Food Security Conference, Oakland, CA
  • Bioneers, Marin, CA

 

2010 Offsite Workshops

  • Jonesboro, Arkansas – See article in Edible Memphis
  • Watsonville, California
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Ukiah, California
  • Salinas, California
  • San Juan Bautista, California
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Hayward, California
  • Miami, Florida

2010 Conference Presentations and Talks

  • Ecological Farming Association, Asilomar, CA
  • Cabrillo Early Childhood Education, Aptos, CA
  • American Horticultural Assocaition’s Youth Garden Symposium, Pasadena, CA
  • Bioneers, Marin, CA
  • Rooted in Community, Durham, NC
  • Monterey Bay Area Healthy Habits for Life Symposium, Salinas, CA

 

2009 Offsite Workshops

  • Pacific Palisades, California
  • Grand Prairie, Texas

2009 Conference Presentations and Talks

  • Green Tech Teacher Summit, Sacramento, CA
  • Project Eat, Hayward, CA
  • CA Ag in the Classroom, Sacramento, CA
  • Farm Based Education Association, Tarrytown, NY
  • Green Schools Summit, Pasadena, CA
  • Bioneers, Marin, CA
  • Rooted in Community, Lewiston, ME
  • Ecological Farming Association, Asilomar, CA

 

Consultations and Professional Mentoring

We have consulted with schools and organizations from the Google Childcare Centers in Silicon Valley, CA, to the Health, Wellness and Environmental Studies Magnet School in Jonesboro, Arkansas. We’ve also hosted customized institutes for international visitors from Mexico and Central America, Denmark, Ukraine, Japan, Brazil, Sweden and India.

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First-Ever National School Garden Conference

Call for Session Presenters Due November 4th

Hosted by the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation in partnership with Life Lab and the School Garden Support Organization Network.