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  • Thursday
    20
    June

    In-person: The Growing Classroom Workshop

    Jun 20 - 21, (PT)
    This event is hosted by Life Lab at Life Lab's Garden Classroom on the UC Santa Cruz Campus. Learn to use a garden to breathe life into standards-based lessons, promote ecological literacy, encourage a love of nourishing foods, and support students’ social development. Using Life Lab’s The Growing Classroom activity guide for grades K-6, participants in this hands-on workshop experience tried-and-true garden-based lessons linked to Common Core Language Arts and Math and Next Generation Science Standards; practice basic gardening techniques; and develop management strategies for a school garden program.

  • Wednesday
    26
    June

    Webinar: Youth Internship Programs

    Jun 26, 11:00:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM (PT)
    This webinar is hosted by the School Garden Support Organization Network. Internships are a great way to involve youth more deeply in garden programming while giving them important job skills. Learn how educators from Durham, NC and Victoria, BC structure their programs! Presenters will include: - Hannah Ball-Damberg, Hub Farm Educator at Durham Public Schools in Durham, NC - Geoffrey Seelen -Hub Farm Educator at Durham Public Schools in Durham, NC - Robin Ruff, Home Economics Teacher/Department Head and School Garden Manager Royal Bay Secondary School in Victoria, BC

  • Thursday
    25
    July

    Webinar: Cooking Without Heat in the School Garden

    Jul 25, 04:00:00 PM - 05:00:00 PM (PT)
    This webinar series is presented by Life Lab in partnership with KidsGardening. Explore the exciting world of nutrition right from your school garden! Focus areas will include: Student Engagement: Learn how to engage your students in growing, tasting, and appreciating fresh and healthy foods. Garden and Program Design: Discover how to create a garden space that nurtures both plants and young minds, exploring ideas for garden layouts and learning activities tailored to different age groups. Outdoor Cooking Skills: Discover essential cooking techniques that are safe and suitable for teaching outdoors. We'll cover basic food preparation, fireless cooking methods, and creating outdoor culinary experiences for students. ____________ This webinar is part of a yearlong "In the Growing Classroom" webinar series presented by Life Lab that blends the marvels of nature, the magic of cross-curricular connections, and the joy of culinary exploration! This 6-part series invites you to explore effective outdoor classroom management, integrating Next Generation Science Standards and the C3 Framework for Social Studies into garden education and the culinary arts through traditional and heat-free methods. Learn More and Register for Any Webinar in this Series

  • Wednesday
    31
    July

    Webinar: Bilingual Family Engagement

    Jul 31, 11:30:00 AM - 12:30:00 PM (PT)
    This webinar is hosted by the School Garden Support Organization Network. Having a strong family support base is key to the longevity of a garden program. Join us in learning how Wasatch Community Gardens in Utah involve their language-rich community! Presenters will include: - Kimberly Yapias, School and Family Garden Manager at Wasatch Community Gardens in Salt Lake City, UT - Emily Büchi, Youth and School Program Director at Wasatch Community Gardens in Salt Lake City, UT

  • Thursday
    1
    August

    In-person: Intercurricular Connections in the Garden Workshop

    Aug 1, 09:00:00 AM - 09:00:00 PM (PT)
    This workshop is hosted by Life Lab at Life Lab's Garden Classroom on the UC Santa Cruz Campus. Learn to use a school garden to provide a meaningful context in which students can apply their emerging skills in math and English language arts. Using lessons from The Growing Classroom activity guide, participants in this workshop will experience and discuss garden activities. Whether they are graphing the temperature of their compost pile over time; reading a recipe to make fresh salsa; writing a story from the perspective of an ant; or presenting to a buddy class on the animals that visited their sunflower patch, the opportunities for children to practice traditional academic subjects in the garden are limitless!

  • Thursday
    19
    September

    Webinar: Cooking With Heat in the School Garden

    Sep 19, 04:00:00 PM - 05:00:00 PM (PT)
    This webinar series is presented by Life Lab in partnership with KidsGardening. Join us for a webinar exploring the exciting world of nutrition right from your school garden! Register now. Focus areas will include: More Outdoor Cooking Skills: Discover essential knife skills and other cooking techniques that are safe and suitable for teaching outdoors. We'll cover basic food preparation, including cooking with heat, and outdoor culinary experiences for students. Understanding Young Palates: Gain insights into how to introduce young children to diverse and nutritious foods. Discover strategies to encourage nourishing eating habits in the early years. Deconstructing Food Shaming: We'll address the important issue of food shaming, discussing its impact on young minds and ways to foster a positive and accepting relationship with food. ____________ This webinar is part of a yearlong "In the Growing Classroom" webinar series presented by Life Lab that blends the marvels of nature, the magic of cross-curricular connections, and the joy of culinary exploration! This 6-part series invites you to explore effective outdoor classroom management, integrating Next Generation Science Standards and the C3 Framework for Social Studies into garden education and the culinary arts through traditional and heat-free methods. Learn More and Register for Any Webinar in this Series

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