Life Lab - School Garden Program
Visit Pacific School's Life Lab Website To view photos, lessons, events, and more.
Support our Garden Program by making a donation to Pacific School Parents Club (PS: Foundation for our Future), or send a check payable to PSF Parents Club to:
PSF Parents Club, PO BOX 358, Davenport CA, 95017
Note Life Lab on the check.
Life Lab Garden Overview
Project Life Lab is Pacific School's gardening program, where the children learn nutrition and natural science in an integrated curriculum with gardening activities.
The full cycle of composting, planting, and harvesting - and then cooking their harvest in the food lab - helps the students to understand where their food comes from and how it nourishes their bodies. By becoming deeply involved in the growing and cooking of their own food, the children learn to be more invested in what they eat.
Our garden is a wonderful and functional workspace that is supported by the Pacific Elementary community! With fifteen raised beds as well as fully-renovated sheds and teaching facilities, students get to learn about water cycles, how plants grow, and how soil gets built in an environment that supports learning to its fullest. A bounty of fresh soil and plenty of space mean the harvests will be bigger, so the children will have a better chance of tasting their own efforts at lunchtime. Thanks to so much community and parent support, our Life Lab program is flourishing.
Pacific School began Project Life Lab in 1983, and was endorsed by the National Science Foundation. Beginning in September 1984, Project Life Lab took on a new importance as children now plan and plant in cycles, according to the needs determined by our Food Lab program. In the summer of 2010, the Parent's Club donated the money to have the Life Lab garden completely upgraded, and these funds, along with much hard work by dedicated volunteers, have worked their magic. Welcome!
Who: Preschool through 4th grade students receive approximately 1-hour classes every week, except in the off season, mid-December through mid-February. Classes are taught by our gardening expert Sze-Wing Lau. Additional instruction is provided by classroom teachers and/or parent volunteers. We are one of a few school programs in the nation that has year-round weekly gardening classes for our students.
Grants and Awards
The Life Lab garden program at Pacific School has won numerous grants and awards, totaling multiple thousands of dollars for the purchase of plants, tools, irrigation systems, facilities improvements, native landscaping, etc. In 2018, Pacific School's Life Lab Program received $1,500 from the California Fertilizer Foundation for various supplies, and $4,000 from NOAA's Ocean Guardian Schools program for native plants, orchard trees, supplies, and consulting time to help students continue to expand the native garden.
In 2016, Pacific School was one of six districts in the state to be awarded the top prize of the California Farm to School Network's Golden Seed Award for demonstrating staying power in gardening, local food procurement, and nutrition education. Other awards to the Life Lab program can be viewed here.
This beautiful handmade railing was created by a Pacific School aluma as a Girl Scouts Silver Award project.