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The Garden Times - Life Lab's Newsletter Winter 2015
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The Garden Times - Winter 2015

Program Updates Garden Tips and Educator Resources Upcoming Events
Program Updates
It’s been a great year for garden-based learning and youth development here on the Central Coast and nationally! Our work in hands-on science, nutrition and environmental education has impacted more children in 2014 than ever before. Life Lab reached new levels of national impact, too, training and equipping educators from over 20 states working with more than 100,000 children. 

Here are just a few highlights of our impact this year:
  • 2,907 local children from 54 schools attended a Life Lab field trip this year.
  • 50 undergraduate interns built garden-based education skills and led student activities, as group leaders in our field trips.
  • 218 children from 3 to 14 years old had life changing experiences in Life Lab day camps this summer. 
  • 3,700 educators were trained through our professional development program, impacting more than 90,000 students across the country.
See more in our 2014 Highlights Report!
We did it!
We Did It!
Thanks to your generous support, Life Lab was able to reach, and exceed, our goal of raising $50,000 by the end of 2014!  We could not be more thrilled, knowing that these resources are helping us change the lives of many thousands of children through inspiring, powerful Life Lab programs locally and across the country.
Top 10 Webinars! Growing School Gardens

We are excited to announce that in 2014, our Common Core in the Garden Webinar was among the top 10 most viewed webinars on with 658 live attendees!

Our most recent webinar, Outdoor Classroom Management, was the top webinar of the week on

We love being able to reach people all over the nation through our webinars. You can view all of our past webinars here.

Become a FoodCorps Service Member!

California FoodCorps
Are you a leader passionate about healthy food, farms and kids? 
As a co-state lead of CA FoodCorps we invite you to be a FoodCorps Service Member!

Apply today and have the opportunity to work in one of 17 states to:
  • TEACH children about what healthy food is and where it comes from
  • BUILD and tend school gardens 
  • BRING quality local food into public school cafeterias
Applications are due March 31st. Apply today!
Garden Tips and Educator Resources
Here are our winter picks for great educator resources!
Winter Squash Soup
Outdoor Classroom Management
Upcoming Events

Here's what's coming soon in the world of Garden Education!
Life Lab Spring Brunch in the Garden Classroom
Upcoming Workshops and Webinars

Workshops in the Garden Classroom Learn More!

EdWeb Webinars Learn More!

  • Building a Youth Beekeeping Program Presented by Jennica Skoug, Goodman Youth Farm Manager at Community GroundWorks, Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 - 1pm PST
  • Funding Your School Garden Presented by John Fisher, Life Lab and Kevin Hesser, Gardens to Grow In. Tuesday, May 19th - 1pm PST

Friends of the UCSC Farm and Garden Horticultural Workshops Learn More!

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