Life Lab School Garden Workshops

Bring learning to life in the garden!
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Life Lab Garden Classroom Workshops
Life Lab2014 Educator Workshops
at the Life Lab Garden Classroom
on the UC Santa Cruz Farm
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Sowing the Seeds of Wonder: Discovering the Garden in Early Childhood Education (Grades PreK-K)View workshop photos
March 1, 2014 – 9am-3pm
Spend a day looking at the garden through the eyes of a young child. Using Life Lab’s Sowing the Seeds of Wonderactivity guide for preschool and kindergarten, participants in this workshop sample preschool science, nutrition and exploration activities; practice basic gardening skills with a focus on gardening with young children; discuss safe and age-appropriate garden design; and learn art projects and songs for preschoolers. One graduate education unit available. Registration deadline: 2/14/14. $150, Learn more and view agenda

The Growing Classroom: 2-Day Intensive on Garden-Based Learning (Grades 2-6) 
March 20-21, 2014 – 9am-3:30pm
Find out how to bring learning to life in the garden! Using Life Lab’s Growing Classroom activity guide for grades 2-6, participants in this workshop experience highly engaging, hands-on activities connected to Next Generation Science and Common Core Math and English Language Arts; and practice gardening with a focus on involving large groups of children safely and effectively. We will also discuss tried-and-true strategies for sustaining successful school garden programs. Graduate education units available. Registration deadline:3/6/14. $300, Learn more and view agenda

Plant It, Grow It, Eat It: Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education: Spring Version (Grades K-8)
April 29, 2014 – 9am-3pm
Make the connection from seed to table in this fun and delicious workshop. Using tried-and-true Life Lab lessons and recipes for grades K-8, participants explore effective ways to teach nutrition and encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables through gardening, harvesting and meal preparation. We offer spring and fall versions of this workshop, each with unique content. Graduate education units available. Registration deadline: 4/15/14. $150 Learn more and view spring agenda

Growing Healthy, Strong, Inspired Teens: An Introduction to Youth Empowerment for Educators Working with High School-Age Youth
May 23, 2014 – 9am-3pm
Learn how to engage and work with teens using a youth empowerment model. Though hands-on activities, participants will gain tools for tone-setting, exploring youth voice, and working with teens in a garden or cooking setting. We will offer best practices, curriculum, pedagogy and fun from the FoodWhat program. Registration deadline: 5/9/14. $150 Learn more and register

The Growing Classroom: 2-Day Intensive on Garden-Based Learning (Grades 2-6) 
July 24-25, 2014 – 9am-3:30pm
Find out how to bring learning to life in the garden! Using Life Lab’s Growing Classroom activity guide for grades 2-6, participants in this workshop experience highly engaging, hands-on activities connected to Next Generation Science and Common Core Math and English Language Arts; and practice gardening with a focus on involving large groups of children safely and effectively. We will also discuss tried-and-true strategies for sustaining successful school garden programs. Graduate education units available. Registration deadline: 7/9/14. $300, Learn more and view agenda

Sowing the Seeds of Wonder: Discovering the Garden in Early Childhood Education (Grades PreK-K)
August 23, 2014 – 9am-3pm
Spend a day looking at the garden through the eyes of a young child. Using Life Lab’s Sowing the Seeds of Wonder activity guide for preschool and kindergarten, participants in this workshop sample preschool science, nutrition and exploration activities; practice basic gardening skills with a focus on gardening with young children; discuss safe and age-appropriate garden design; and learn art projects and songs for preschoolers. One graduate education unit available. Registration deadline: 8/8/2014. $150, Learn more and view agenda

At a Life Lab Garden Classroom Workshop you will:
  • be inspired by our model educational Garden ClassroomThe Garden Classroom
  • take a walking tour of the 25-acre UCSC Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems’organic farm
  • meet and learn from other garden-based educators
  • enjoy a farm-fresh meal
  • take home lessons and resources to use in the garden or classroom

1 semester unit of graduate education credit available through the University of the Pacific for an additional $60/workshop day.

Since 1979, Life Lab has trained tens of thousands of educators.

Bring Us to Your Site

Life Lab offers the workshops listed above and a few others on creating and teaching in a school garden. Theseworkshops can be customized for your needs.  Additionally we offer consulting on all topics related to school garden program development.

Contact Us

Life Lab’s Education Director – Whitney Cohen
831.459.3833
education@lifelab.org

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Financial Assistance Available

Life Lab provides a limited number of workshop fee reductions based on need and anticipated impact. Download an application at our Garden Classroomworkshop page.

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