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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Happy National Urban Beekeeping Day! See info on urban bees from Detroit Hives. Good day to share The Thing About Bees: A Love Letter. See author/illustrator Shabazz Larkin read the book for PBSThirteen WNET New York with wonderful message at the end on how to take care of bees, our environment, and ourselves! #urbanbees #beekeepers #beeeducation #savethebees #givebeesachance #pollinators #pollination #farmtoschool #agclassroom #agliteracy #AITC #summerlearning #SummerReading National Agriculture in the ClassroomMichigan Agriculture in the Classroom New York Agriculture in the ClassroomWisconsin Ag in the Classroom ProgramEdible Schoolyard NYC The Edible Schoolyard Project Life Lab Big Green Common Threads Farm Slow Food USA School Garden Network

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¡Estamos emocionados de anunciar la versión en Español del curso GRATIS aclamado, Enseñando en el Aula de la Naturaleza! Conéctese con otros educadores y desarrolle nuevas estrategias y maneras de ver el aula al aire libre. Es una gran oportunidad tanto para educadores nuevos a la enseñanza al aire libre y educación basada en el jardín como para los más experimentados en esta práctica. Lea más y registrese aquí: School Garden Network _________________________________We are excited to announce a Spanish language version of the acclaimed FREE course, Teaching in Nature’s Classroom! Connect with educators and develop new strategies and ways of seeing the outdoor classroom. A great opportunity for educators new to outdoor and garden-based learning, as well as educators who are experienced in the field. Learn more and register here School Garden Network

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This summer marks the 9-year anniversary of Yoso Wellness Spa in Santa Cruz and they’re celebrating with a community event! 🎉 This family-friendly celebration is free, with food, drink and raffle purchases going to Life Lab , a local non-profit! 🎟Join them this Sunday 3pm – 6pm for a 9-Year Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser! 🤩..#santacruccountychamber #yosowellness #anniversary #lifelab #thrive

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❤️💛💚 Happy Juneteenth!!!❤️💛💚It’s official, President Joe Biden on Thursday signed a bill to recognize #Juneteenth as a federal holiday! This is a step forward and reason to celebrate. We must also acknowledge, celebrate and honor the Black freedom fighters who brought chattel slavery to an end, pushed for the end of segregation, and who continue strive to create a more just and peaceful society. Learn more about Juneteenth by clicking the link support local Black owned businesses checkout

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On Sunday, June 27th, @YosoWellness @YosoAnnex is celebrating 9 Years of Thriving! They are having a fundraiser to celebrate and have generously selected Life Lab as a beneficiary of this momentous event.⁠ ⁠Sunday, June 27th from 3:00-6:00pm, join us for music, light eats & drinks, swag, fun for you and the kids and a raffle with items from local small businesses.✨There will also be special welcome gifts for the first 50 guests!If you’re not able to make the event, here are some other ways to support:⁠– Stay connected to the garden-based learning movement and our work – via our e-news, social media, and the networks we support.⁠– Volunteer⁠– Participate in the raffle virtually- more information to come on this! ⁠-Shop at Yoso Wellness where you will find an array of consciously curated and tested wellness products for skin health, non-toxic living, astrology planners, wellness rituals, feel good gift cards, herbs, body products and so much more.

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Readers To Eaters

So excited about this on Summer Author Series with Clemson Extension School & Community Gardening, South Carolina Farm to School, and The Bee Cause Project! This August features Rick Swann on Our School Garden! The poetry collection is based on Rick’s own experience as a Seattle school librarian when he helped launch the school garden. Good read on growing a community through food all year round! Free registration @ series kicksoff with Jacqueline Briggs Martin on 6/29 with her #FoodHeroes series: Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table, Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious & Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix. Katherine Pryor presents Sylvia’s Spinach & Zora’s Zucchini on 7/14. Wonderful way to celebrate food literacy this summer! ..#FoodLiteracy #FoodEducation #GardenEducation #SchoolGarden #CommunityGarden #GardeningWithKids #FarmToSchool #AgClassroom #AgLiteracy #AITC #SummerReading #SummerGardening #SummerLearing #OutdoorEducation South Carolina Library Association (SCLA)South Carolina Association of School LibrariansSlow Food South Carolina South Carolina State LibraryJunior Master Gardener Program Life LabThe American Horticultural Society National Farm to School Network

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Checked out the new enhanced book edition of Sylvia’s Spinach and Zora’s Zucchini from Vooks, just out this week. Fun to see images come to life! Great sharing for #SummerReading #SummerGardening. Sign up for a free trail. ..#FoodLiteracy #FoodEducation #GardeningWithKids #GardenEducation #SchoolGarden #OutdoorEducation #KidsGardening #AgClassroom #AgLiteracy #AITC #WIC #SNAPEd Junior Master Gardener Program The American Horticultural Society American Farm Bureau Foundation for AgricultureIowa Agriculture Literacy FoundationCalifornia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (CFAITC) Washington Ag in the Classroom National WIC Association California WIC Association Clemson Extension School & Community Gardening FoodCorps Whole Kids Foundation Life Lab Common Threads Farm

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🥕 VOTE FOR LIFE LAB! 🥕Help us grow healthy children and reduce your carbon footprint. 🌿EVERY time you visit ANY New Leaf Community Market (@NewLeafCMarket) from now until June 20th, find the PAPER BALLOT in the store & VOTE FOR LIFE LAB to be a recipient of the Envirotoken program. 10 cents from every reusable bag can be donated to us. This support has provided a wonderful boost for us over the years–thanks for your votes!

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Life Lab 40th
Life Lab’s 40th Gala – Sunday, October 13th  Celebrate 40 years of bringing learning to life in gardens. Learn more  
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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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