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

Garden Education

Curriculum & Online Lessons
Academic Content Standards in Garden-Based Learning
Educator Workshops, Consulting and Networking
Webinars Presented by Life Lab
Outdoor Classroom Management Tips
Life Lab’s YouTube Video Channel – over 100 videos demonstrating garden instruction, activity and Life Lab history.
The Value of Garden-Based Learning
Education Outside’s School Garden Program Resources – An Incredible Collection of Resources to Run a School Garden Program

Creating and Sustaining School Gardens

Starting a School Garden
Gardening How To’s and Design Resources
Garden Management
Life Lab’s Photo Gallery of School Garden Elements
Funding Your Garden Program
The Ultimate Guide to School Composting
Life Lab’s Sustaining School Gardens Articles
Education Outside’s School Garden Program Resources – An Incredible Collection of Resources to Run a School Garden Program
The National School Garden Support Organization Network – for those supporting multiple school gardens

Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education

Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education Resources (GENE) – an extensive list of resources used in our Plant It, Grow It, Eat It and California School Garden Training Program. Link to resources at CSGN.org created by Life Lab our CA Garden Training Partners.
Garden to Cafeteria – Sample policy and resources to support eating your school garden harvest
Edible Schoolyard Project Resources  Searchable resource and lesson database
Edible Schoolyard’s Program Lessons and Pedagogy

 

Spanish Language Resources

Garden-Based Learning Resources in Spanish

Curriculum & Online Lessons

Created by Life Lab
Other great sites to find lessons
Garden-Based Learning Literature Lists
  • American Horticulture Society/Jr. Master Gardeners Growing Good Kids Book List
  • GrowingMinds.org Farm to School Literature List
  • Harvest of the Month Literature Links for books related to fruits and vegetables
  • Life Lab’s list of literature books that are displayed at workshops
  • Books in Bloom by Valerie Bang-Jensen & Mark Lubkowitz, includes 17 chapters each featuring a popular children’s book and related garden-inspired activities to help you ‘dig’ into the story in a fun way.
  •  Literature in the Garden by the Jr. Master Gardeners, utilizes six Growing Good Kids Book Award-winning titles to inspire learning through outdoor activities, creative expression and open exploration.
School Garden Workshops, Consulting, Webinars and Networking

Life Lab Educator Workshops page lists all the workshops we provide
Life Lab offers consulting for your school garden team at your site or at our Garden Classroom
Webinars presented by Life Lab
National Network of School Garden Support Organizations – join an online forum of school garden support organizations and view many webinars

 

Starting a School Garden

Life Lab’s Resources
Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden Resources

A nice site with a some good ideas of theme gardens and much more. Greenheart Education

Gardening How To’s

Developed by Life Lab and partners, The Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden pages are the place to find school garden skills support resources. Find extensive resources on the following

  • Planning Your School Garden Program
  • Designing Your School Garden
  • Choosing Plants and Planting Times
  • Soils and Bed Prep
  • Seeding and Transplanting
  • Keep It Growing Water, Weeds and Pest Control

…and more

 

Garden Management Tips

Sustaining Your School Garden– Article from The Garden Times, Spring 2002

Summer Vacation for Your Garden– Article from the Garden Times, Spring 2003

Running Effective Garden Workdays

Check our blog posts on Garden Tips and Resource

 

Funding Your Garden Program

School Garden Grant Searching Resources

View our article on Funding Garden Coordinators.

View the following webinars

View the School Garden Support Organization Network Best Practices Document on Models for Financial and Program Sustainability

 

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Join us on October 10th at 10:30am for Life Lab’s Fall Benefit: A Celebration of Learning and Community.
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This virtual event includes a tour of Life Lab’s evolving work and vision. Plus we have a surprise announcement! We are thankful for your encouragement and support as a member of our Life Lab community. Despite the challenges of this unprecedented year, Life Lab is moving forward with grace and creative innovation. The events of this season have provided opportunities to support our local community and national networks in new ways, expand our reach through virtual connections, and dive more deeply into justice and equity in all of our work. We are strengthening the roots that feed Life Lab programs as we continue to transform the Nature of Education. Continued cultivation of children’s love for learning and connections with healthy food and nature during COVID is essential and brings hope, wonder, and a much needed breath of fresh air. We are excited to share the inspiring work of our dedicated staff with you! #gratitude #schoolgardens #education #lifelab #fundraiser #gardens
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Join Sheri S. Dollin, M.Ed., Educational Consultant and Mindfulness Facilitator, and Sunny Wight, Co-Founder of Mindfulness First, for an overview of mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the distance learning setting.

Together, we will look at how an understanding of trauma, mindfulness and SEL can help us to manage stress while nurturing the scientifically proven “protective factors” that help prevent and manage trauma and mental health issues both for ourselves and our students.

We will specifically learn about the brain science of stress, and practice mindfulness techniques you can teach to your students. We’ll also take a look at Mindfulness First’s synchronous and asynchronous online work, and quickly understand that it’s easier than we think to integrate mindfulness and SEL into online classrooms. Bring: something to draw with and a piece of paper, for Mindful Art.

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💚Bringing Social Emotional Learning and
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Join Sheri S. Dollin, M.Ed., Educational Consultant and Mindfulness Facilitator, and Sunny Wight, Co-Founder of Mindfulness First, for an overview of mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the distance learning setting.

Together, we will look at how an understanding of trauma, mindfulness and SEL can help us to manage stress while nurturing the scientifically proven “protective factors” that help prevent and manage trauma and mental health issues both for ourselves and our students.

We will specifically learn about the brain science of stress, and practice mindfulness techniques you can teach to your students. We’ll also take a look at Mindfulness First’s synchronous and asynchronous online work, and quickly understand that it’s easier than we think to integrate mindfulness and SEL into online classrooms. Bring: something to draw with and a piece of paper, for Mindful Art.

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There is an urgent need to reimagine PreK-12 schools in order to reopen safely and equitably. Repurposing outdoor spaces is a cost-effective way to reduce the burden on indoor classrooms while providing fresh air, hands-on learning opportunities, and the health benefits associated with increased access to nature.

Join Sharon Danks, a leader of the National COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative (www.greenschoolyards.org/covid-learn-outside), author of Asphalt to Ecosystems, and founder of Green Schoolyards America, to learn about her work supporting the creation of outdoor classrooms for reopening schools.

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🔎Garden Educator Distance Teaching and Learning🔎

Many months of distance teaching and learning have led to the development of a treasure trove of innovative teaching tools and the launching of new educational program models. For this Virtual Gathering we will offer everyone an opportunity to introduce programs that have been developed/adapted to meet the unique educational needs presented by COVID-19 along with other support resources that have been created to share with educators and families.

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🌐 Online lesson plans and other resources for educators and families

✏️ Non-digital tools and methods being used to continue learning from a distance

📏 Ideas for evaluating the impact of your distance teaching efforts

If you’d like to share during this time or have specific questions for us to address, please indicate them in the registration process.

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💚Join us this Wednesday 8/26 at 11am PST💚

🔎Garden Educator Distance Teaching and Learning🔎

Many months of distance teaching and learning have led to the development of a treasure trove of innovative teaching tools and the launching of new educational program models. For this Virtual Gathering we will offer everyone an opportunity to introduce programs that have been developed/adapted to meet the unique educational needs presented by COVID-19 along with other support resources that have been created to share with educators and families.

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