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

Many people ask us for research that validates the work we do. Find a great collection of summary documents and peer reviewed article databases below:

101 Ways Gardens Connect to Learning

Summary Documents

The Impact of Garden-Based Learning on Student Health and Nutrition Two page collection of research briefs

Co-Benefits of a Learning Garden from BigGreen.org

Info-graphics on the Benefits of Green School Yards from the Children and Nature Network

Life Lab Essay, The Garden, A Master Teacher  An excellent essay on the many benefits of garden-based learning.

Benefits of Gardening for Children  Two page summary and research briefs from the University of Colorado

The Benefits of Farm to School A four page handout from the National Farm to School Network that does a great job outlining who benefits from farm to school programming.

Slow Food USA’s Nation School Garden Program (bottom of the page) A great collection of research supported documents and slide presentations  on each topic!

Student Learning Outcomes of Garden-Based Education: A Literature Review by Melanie Stewart Masters of Environmental Education Candidate University of Minnesota – Duluth May, 2014

What is the Relationship of Student Health to Academic Achievement? A nice graphic handout and references

Health and Academic Achievement 12 page download from the CDC sharing how health and wellness lead to academic achievement.

Oregon Department of Health 50 Slide Power Point Academic Achievement & Health: When and Where to Intervene?

Why School Gardens Presentation from the California School Garden Training Program. Shares the value of school gardens and how they are used in California.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention Research Brief on Nutrition Education in Schools mentions schools gardens and links to additional resources.

Rutgers University’s Learning Through the Garden page is a nice summary document.

Benefits of Environmental Education for K-12 Students from Stanford University and EE Works

Review of Research Article and Research Article Databases

EE Research Database from the North American Association for Environmental Education and Children and Nature Network – research for the field of environmental education and the movement to connect children and nature, and includes multiple ways to search for articles, syntheses, and research summaries.
Children and Nature Network Research Database

Impact of Garden-Based Learning on Academic Outcomes in Schools: Synthesis of Research Between 1990 and 2010  Dilafruz R. Williams, P. Scott Dixon

The Learning Gardens at Portland State University Graduate School of Education Papers and Articles and Science in the Learning Gardens Project

California School Garden Network’s Research Article Database

More benefits of Garden-Based Learning are documented on Cornell’s Garden-Based Learning site. Additionally they list resources for evaluating garden-based learning work.

National Farm to School Resource Database search peer reviewed articles

Farm to School: A Selected and Annotated Bibliography from USDA’s National Ag Library

 

Hear Life Lab’s Education Director Whitney Cohen sharing the value of Garden-Based Learning

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🌱 Become a Life Lab Certified Educator!🌱

We only have 3 spots left in our new School Garden Educator Certification Program! Sign-up today for the entire series of courses or for individual courses by visiting website, link below. Our first course, Building Connections in the Garden, starts with asynchronous work on January 21st and our first synchronous session will be on January 28th from 3:30 – 5:00 PST. You may continue to sign up through January 27th or until all spots are filled. If needed, we highly encourage you to join the waitlist to get priority registration for our next cohort in the fall of 2021 or should there become spots available.

Upon completion of the 4 courses, participants will receive a certificate and the distinction of being a Life Lab-Certified Garden Educator. Each course will last approximately 8 weeks long and include 4 synchronous meetings, at-home work, and a unique coaching model tailored to each individual’s needs.

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Looking to 2021 with a magnified view of our impact on nature and our connections with each other. A healthy garden is a diverse and sustainable ecosystem full of wonder and beauty in all seasons. #LifeLab #2021 #gardeneducation #science #bettertogether See MoreSee Less

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At the beginning of the year, Life Lab launched our Healthy Futures campaign in response to the financial impact of COVID on our programs. We are grateful for our continued partnerships and our resilient staff who had to reimagine our work and how to best serve our local and national communities. The innovative outcome of this process includes new resources such as Next Generation Science in the Garden Curriculum, Life Lab Educator Garden Certification Program, Life Lab Webinar Series, Back Pocket Learning, and more!

2021 is full of potential and positivity, however……

🌱 WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP! 🌱

Our 2020 annual operating budget is $1,300,000 and we’re almost there!!! We are only $12,223 away meeting that goal! Click here ow.ly/FP0950CSIlg to help us reach our before the end of the year. Remember, every little bit goes a long way! 💚

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The Life Lab Garden Educators just finished building and installing brand new veggie boxes at one of our partner schools, in Watsonville!!! Can’t wait to see these flourish! 🌱🥕🐝🌻#gardensofgratitude See MoreSee Less

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The Life Lab Garden Educators just finished building and installing brand new veggie boxes at one of our partner schools, in Watsonville!!! Can’t wait to see these flourish! 🌱🥕🐝🌻#gardensofgratitude See MoreSee Less

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🌱 Become a Life Lab Certified Educator! 🌱

Life Lab is excited to announce our new School Garden Educator Certification Program!

We’ve put together a series of 4 on-line courses that will guide and support educators in becoming a Life Lab-Certified School Garden Educator. Upon completion of the 4 courses, participants will receive a certificate and the distinction of being a Life Lab-Certified Garden Educator.

Each course will last approximately 8 weeks long and include 4 synchronous meetings, at-home work, and a unique coaching model. It is also possible to sign-up for individual courses separately to learn specific content or brush up on one topic that meets the needs of your program.

Registration for the full certification series opens today, December 7th. Click the link below

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Join us today at 1pm with nutritionist, @jocelyndubin MS, RD for a healthy conversation about nutrition especially during the holidays and the benefits of eating a rainbow. Register at LifeLab.org/events Link is also in our bio #foodismedicine #teachthekids #eatarainbow #LifeLab #schoolgardens See MoreSee Less

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Life Lab is thrilled to announce the launch of 3 new Next Generation Science in the Garden curriculum units for grades K-2🐝 These units are aligned to #NGSS and written by Life Lab staff supported by experienced classroom teachers and piloted with over 8,000 students across 12 schools. For more info go to LifeLab.org/ngsscurriculum See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

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Bee a pollinator for Life Lab and donate today! #givingtuesday 🐝 LifeLab.org/donate #supportschoolgardens #gardeneducation #natureisthebestteacher See MoreSee Less

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Food is medicine! Join us December 6th at 1pm for our next webinar focused on healthy eating choices during the holidays. Learn about nutrition and the benefits of eating a rainbow with @jocelyndubin free registration link in our bio #foodismedicine #organic #delicious #nutricious #gardeneducation #Webinar #LifeLab See MoreSee Less

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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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