Greetings John, Upcoming events, program updates, educational garden tips and lessons in this issue of the Life Lab Garden Times.
Bring learning to life in the garden!
View this email in your browser
The Garden Times - Life Lab's Newsletter Spring 2014
Pretty Life Lab Logo

The Garden Times - Fall 2014

Program Updates Garden Tips and Educator Resources Upcoming Events
Program Updates
Summer is always an exciting time at Life Lab with the sound of campers exploring the garden, the growth seen in our summer youth crew, and the anticipation of the fall harvest.

Here's what we were up to over the 10 quick weeks of summer:
218 kids experienced the joys of the farm and wilderness at one of our Garden Classroom Summer Camps
24 youth excelled in the FoodWhat Summer Youth Job Training Program
283 educators attended one of nine workshops across the nation
225 educators viewed one of Life Lab's archived webinars on edWeb's Growing School Gardens Community
Now Announcing! New 4th Edition of The Growing Classroom!
The Growing Classroom 4th Edition
A brand new edition of our most popular garden and nutrition activity guide is hot off the presses! The 4th Edition of The Growing Classroom includes new and updated hands-on activities to bring learning to life for elementary school students. There is a new chapter on Healthy Eating, an expanded resource section on Cooking with Kids, over 25 student lab sheets for experiments, and more. The 480 pages of science, math, language arts, and nutrition activities are cross-mapped to Next Generation Science and Common Core Math and English Language Arts Standards, too, to help educators integrate garden-based learning into their core lesson plans.

Click here to learn more about what's new in the 4th Edition and get a copy today!
Summer Camp Highlights
Aahhh, summer….  The season of summer day camp; when Life Lab rings with the sound of children’s laughter, the sun shines down on the heads of kids playing games in the meadow, and every child lifts up a cup of a delicious green garden smoothie and gives thanks to the bees and the chickens.  I think the camp staff says this every single summer, and it is always true, “This summer was the best year yet for summer camp!”  

Happy Campers!It’s been a summer of growth, for the garden plants as well as the number of kids served and the amount of volunteer support we received.  This summer we welcomed 120 kids total in our Garden Sprouts Camp for 4-6 year olds, 84 kids in our Wildlands and Watering Cans Camp for 7-10 year olds, and 14 kids in our one week Farm and Wilderness Camp for 11-14 year olds.  We also had a record number of high school youth volunteers and adult community volunteers, in addition to our counselor staff, helping to keep the kids safe, healthy, and having loads of fun.

To see more of our Summer Camp Highlights and photos, check out our blog!
"Food,What?!" Summer Program Celebration Dinner
At the end of every summer, our "Food,What?!" Youth Empowerment Program crew hosts a dinner celebrating the inspiring work and changes the youth have embraced.FoodWhat Dinner

Many of our friends, families, and folks who supported us throughout the summer gathered at the farm to celebrate the summer with us, ending the program on a perfect note.  

For more about "Food,What?!" and the Summer 2014 Final Dinner, check out!
Garden Tips and Educator Resources
Here are our fall picks for great educator resources!
Apple Salsa
Seed Ya Later
Tips for running an effective garden workday
The Ultimate School Composting Resource
Life Lab has searched the web for the finest school composting resources, which describe every step needed to begin and maintain a successful compost system at your school. Whether you are attempting to cut your school district's food waste by using municipal composting facilities, adding a compost bin to your school garden, or looking for compost curriculum, these pages are for you!
Check out more at the Ultimate School Composting Resource Pages


Upcoming Events

Here's what's coming soon in the world of Garden Education!
Life Lab Fall Gathering Saturday, October 11th
You are cordially invited to join us for Life Lab's Fall Gathering on Saturday, October 11th from 4:00-6:00pm.  Enjoy live music, organic hors d'oeuvers, and local wines!  Mingle with friends old and new in the Garden Classroom, and hear about Life Lab's highlights in 2014 and 2015 plans in a short program at 5pm.  
Wait, it gets even better!  Fun, supervised childcare on the farm is available for ages 4 through 10 from our expert garden education staff for $10 per child.  A perfect date night! 

Register now at
Upcoming Workshops and Webinars

Workshops in the Garden Classroom

EdWeb Webinars Learn More!

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

Support Our Work! Click Here to Donate Now!
Forward to Friend
Copyright © 2014 Life Lab, All rights reserved.

Remove from this list.  update subscription preferences 

Life Lab is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located at the UC Santa Cruz Farm.

Our federal charitable tax identification number is 94-2778848.