Life Lab

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

How can we possibly manage 30 students in an Outdoor Classroom?! Participants in this workshop will explore best practices for establishing and maintaining a positive, engaging culture of learning and fun in a garden setting. Together we will experience and discuss setting the tone for equitable and inclusive instruction; garden class routines; station rotations; and specific techniques to maximize student engagement and participation. Graduate education units available.


Responsive Classroom Management Workshop

Friday, April 21, 2023

Life Lab’s Garden Classroom on the UC Santa Cruz Campus

K-6 classroom teachers and garden educators


10% Early-Bird Registration Discount will be applied at check-out process for Garden Classroom workshops registered 14 days prior to workshop start date. 


  • How to apply the guiding principles of responsive classroom management (Perceptions, Personal Relationships, Parameters, and Participation) in an Outdoor Classroom
  • How to structure activities for success, including management of large groups, diverse tasks, tools and materials, etc.


  • A packet of management strategies and participation structures to maximize engagement in the garden
  • Ideas and inspiration for your school garden


  • A walking tour of UCSC’s 25-acre Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
  • Lunch with Vegetarian options provided

Continuing Education Credit available for $80 per unit through the University of the Pacific.

Financial Assistance Available. Click here to apply.

Question? Contact [email protected]

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