Garden as a Classroom
Learn to use a garden to breathe life into standards-based lessons based on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core Language Arts and Math. Participants in this course will also explore best practices for establishing and maintaining a positive, engaging culture of learning and fun in a garden setting. We will learn how to set the tone for equitable and inclusive instruction; garden class routines; and specific techniques to maximize student engagement and participation using Life Lab’s The Growing Classroom activity guide for grades K-6 and our newly released NGSS-aligned lessons.
Graduate education units available.
Opens March 8th and Closes May 7th
Live Sessions: Thursdays 3:30 – 5:00 PST
March 18th, April 1st, April 15th, April 29th
K-6 classroom teachers, garden educators, organizations interested in supporting garden-based learning on small and large scales.
Ideally participants complete the series of courses over 1 year. However, if there are extenuating circumstances participants can become certified if they take all required courses within 2 years. The next set of courses will begin again in the fall of 2021
Upon successful completion of each course, 2 University of the Pacific graduate education credits can be earned for an additional fee of $80 per credit hour, payable to University of the Pacific. Most people seeking these credits are educators who are looking to increase their salary on a credit-based pay scale or for relicensure credit. Most institutions do not accept UofP credits towards a specific graduate degree however, if there is a specific program you intend to pursue, it may be worth checking with that institution.
Life Lab offers a limited number of course fee reductions based on need and anticipated impact. To apply for financial assistance click FinancialAssistanceApp. If you are a Santa Cruz County Educator, we also offer a significant discount. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (831) 400-2016 for details.
We understand that plans can change. Should you wish to cancel your registration, please submit, in writing, your cancellation to email@example.com. Your registration fee will be refunded, less a $50 administrative fee. Regretfully, we will not be able to refund any fees if cancellation is made within 1 week of the opening course date except, of course, in cases of illness or emergency.