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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:

School Garden Infographics

What Grows in School Gardens?

Summary Documents

Why School Garden’s Info-graphics and Research Summaries developed by Life Lab in collaboration with the School Garden Support Organization and Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation.

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

101 Ways Gardens Connect to Learning

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

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

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 Articles 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 is a comprehensive searchable database, you can subscribe and receive monthly digests on particular themes, view all past monthly digests.

View Children and Nature Network’s Research Digest on Gardening With and For Children

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

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

Benefits of Garden-Based Learning are documented on Cornell’s Garden-Based Learning site. Additionally they link to key findings and an extensive research database.

 

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

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3 weeks ago

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Become a Life Lab Certified Gardener! 🌱🌻Based on the success of our first four cohorts of Life Lab-Certified Garden Educators, we are excited to announce that registration is now open for individuals to register and be part of our fifth cohort starting January 23rd, 2023! 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 successful 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 4 weeks long and include 4 synchronous meetings, at-home work, and a unique coaching model. The total commitment for the full series is 16 weeks. Check out our website for more information! Registration for the full certification series is now open. Please share with others who are looking for ideas and inspiration in the garden! There are 24 spots available and we sold out in our last 4 certification series. We hope you can join us!Life Lab offers a limited number of course fee reductions based on need and anticipated impact. To apply for financial assistance, follow the link below. Scholarship applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis between now and December 1st, 2022 or until all funds have been awarded.

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2 months ago

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Thanks Shmuel! and all those that joined the Starlight workday.

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7 months ago

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www.lifelab.org/jobs Full-time Bilingual Garden Educators at PVUSD School Gardens and Summer Program Staff at Garden Classroom on UCSC Farm

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7 months ago

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Full-time Career and Summer Staff Positions in @pajarovalleyusd school gardens and the Life Lab Garden Classroom. On the @ucscagroecology farm @ucsc @pvusdschoolfood lifeLab.org/jobs

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7 months ago

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We are so glad to be a part of this year’s Growing School Gardens Summit! 415 attendees from 45 states across the US, representing 6,000+ school gardens serving more than 2.5 million students. Here we go!!

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9 months ago

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Rainbow Chips 📗🌱📙🍊📕🍅In this lesson students introduce themselves, create group agreements, listen to a story about a rainbow, and then go on a search for different colors in order to begin to form a personal connection with the #gardenclassroom .Also, we just wanted to show this really awesome squash gradience 😄#gardenbasededucation #NGSS #scienceinthegarden #schoolgarden #NGSGintheGarden

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9 months ago

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Food Factories 🍅🥗😋In this lesson, students find leaves with holes in them and then construct explanations for what might havecaused those holes. They listen to a story book and add further possible explanations for the holes. Thenthey explore the garden to prepare to engage in argument from evidence about which explanation for these holes seems the most plausible. Finally, they relate this concept to plants that humans eat.#NGSGintheGarden #NGSS #gardenbasededucation

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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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