Life Lab

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

Resources to help you plan a farm or garden-based day camp

Learn about our camps www.lifelab.org/camp

Hear the songs we sing on our Farm and Garden Educator Playlist

See activities we do on our Garden Activity Playlist

Browse our Blog for Lessons and Activities

Visit our store to browse our curriculum & activity guides

 

To provide a unique experience for campers that return year after year we have a 4 year cycle of camp activity programming.
See the activities and themes we offer across the years.

2016 Camp Schedule

 

2013 Camp Schedule

2014 Camp Schedule

2015 Camp Schedule

2016 Camp Schedule

 

 

Running a Day Camp Resource Packet – $85
Over 190 Word Documents for you to modify to plan and run your farm-based camp

(Coming in Mid April, 2019) email admin@lifelab.org to be notified when available

Contents Include:

  • Garden Sprouts 4-6 Year Olds
    • 3 years of detailed schedules
    • How to run a Garden Sprouts day
    • Setup and Cleanup checklists
    • Snack making instructions and Recipes
    • Songs
  • Wildlands and Watering Cans 7-11 Year Olds
    • 4 years of detailed schedules
    • How to run a Wildlands day
    • Camper journals
    • Camp “Chore” charts
    • Setup and Cleanup checklists
    • Recipes
    • Hike day checklists
  • OWLS Youth Leadership 12-14 Year Olds
    • OWLS training agenda
    • Youth handouts
    • Completion award
  • Additional Activities
    • Tips for cooking with kids
    • A variety of activity write-ups and handhelds
    • Game descriptions
    • List of descriptions of anytime activities
  • Administrative & Parent Communications
    • Camp pricing spreadsheet
    • Registration questions
    • Confirmation email templates
    • Emergency release form templates
    • Sample camp flyer & ad
  • Human Resources
    • Camp job descriptions
    • Camp staff costs spreadsheet
    • Sample staff interview questions
    • Reference check form
    • Volunteer application
    • EAGLES youth volunteer application & handouts
    • Email template to recruit summer staff
  • Health & Safety
    • Allergy & Special Needs questionnaires
    • Camp med log
    • Accident reporting form
    • First aid kit checklist
    • Dishwashing instructions
    • Behavior contract
  • Training & Prep
    • Training agendas & handouts
    • Resource links for more training info
    • Prep week lists
    • Aftercare leader training agenda
    • Camp shopping instructions
    • Team building games for staff

 

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Become a Life Lab Certified Gardener! ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒปBased 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! Weโ€™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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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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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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We are so glad to be a part of this yearโ€™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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Rainbow Chips ๐Ÿ“—๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿ“™๐ŸŠ๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ…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 ๐Ÿ˜„#gardenbasededucation #NGSS #scienceinthegarden #schoolgarden #NGSGintheGarden

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Food Factories ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅ—๐Ÿ˜‹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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