Life Lab Partner Schools Program
Life Lab cultivates children’s love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education. In partnership with PVUSD’s commitments to the Whole Child, Whole Family, and Whole Community, Life Lab is providing curriculum and instruction for PVUSD students to explore Next Generation Science, language, fresh vegetables and fruits, the environment, food systems, and community connections that sustain us – all with curiosity, wonder and joy!
Life Lab’s Partner School Program strives to create a culture of garden-based learning in elementary schools to enhance science and nutrition education during school day instruction. Our team of Life Lab Instructors lead lessons alongside classroom teachers at our partner schools every other week at seven elementary schools. We host Next Generation Science in the Garden classes for all TK-2nd graders and Kids Cook Nutrition Education and hands-on cooking classes for 3rd-5th graders. All second graders also experience an enriching three-hour field trip to our Blooming Classroom on a western Watsonville farm. We facilitate school garden workdays and plant donations, and provide teacher training. Our partner school teachers report that our NGSS in the Garden program improves students’ scientific knowledge, enthusiasm for learning, school pride, and connection to nature. In our Kids Cook program, over 70% of students report that they like or love what they are tasting, and 50-60% are trying a new fruit or vegetable for the first time each class.
*last complete year of data due to COVID